Booking Through Thursday: Choosing

Booking Through Thursday: Choosing

Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme about (mostly) books and reading. Here is this week’s question:

What makes you choose the books you read? Genre? Reviews? Certain authors? Covers? Recommendations?

I tend to focus on urban fantasy, mystery, romance and steampunk novels even though I do like to mix things up occasionally.  I’ve been going to the same independent book store now for over fifteen years and the guys that run it know me quite well. Anything they recommend is an auto-buy because they have watched my tastes evolve over the years.  They don’t try to just sell me a book but rather try to sell me the best book for me.  They don’t stock romance so when I see a blog review, I’ll check out other reviews on places like GoodReads to get a feel for it. I like to read the 1 and 2 star reviews as people who have that strong a reaction to a book will often pinpoint major issues. If the problems are minor (for me) then I’ll take the plunge. I admit I’m shallow and gorgeous covers will always draw me in for a quick blurb read.

Once books make it home or onto my e-Reader they join the TBR pile. After a stressful day at work or when I’m feeling sick, out come the romances and urban fantasy – I want to escape to a different world. Mysteries need to be read when I am fresh and able to put the clues together as I hate having to wait for the big reveal. I read, re-read and re-re-read favourite books on holidays and it is rather like catching up with an old friend or a relative you haven’t seen for a while.

Recommendations

Historical Romance (these are all old ones but sometimes you just can’t beat a classic)
– Anything by Jane Austen
– Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
– Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

Paranormal Romance
– Darkest London series by Kristen Callihan
– Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
– Transplanted Tales series by Kate SeRine

Contemporary Romance
– Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley
– FBI / US Attorney series by Julie James
– Lucky Harbour series by Jill Shalvis

Cozy Mystery
– No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series by Alexander McCall Smith
– Karen Pelletier Mystery series by Joanne Dobson
– China Bayles series by Susan Wittig Albert

Detective Mystery
– Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
– Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout
– Chief Inspector Armand Gamache series by Louise Penny
– Inspector Singh series by Shamini Flint

Historical Mystery
– Chronicles of Isaac of Girona series by Caroline Roe
– Mary Russell series by Laurie R King
– Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters
– Joe Sandilands series by Barbara Cleverly

Paranormal Mystery
– F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series by Jennifer Harlow
– Peter Grant series by Ben Aaronovitch
– Wishcraft Mystery series by Heather Blake
– Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell

Urban Fantasy
– Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett
– Chicagolands series by Chloe Neill
– Iron Druid Chronicles series by Kevin Hearne
– Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong
– White Trash Zombie series by Diana Rowland

Science Fiction (including Steampunk)
– To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis
– Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams
– Katherine “Kitty” Kat series by Gini Koch
– Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger

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9 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Choosing

  1. I choose most of my books from browsing (covers & blurbs) whether it’s on GoodReads, Amazon or my favourite book shops. Also, word of mouth is a huge factor, it’s great to have friends who like similar things to you, and even if their tastes are a little different, they know what you like and can recommend things and visa versa.

    I’ve been meaning to give the Rock Chick series a go for a while!

  2. Rock Chicks series is very addictive. Kristen said on her blog back in January that she is in the process of cleaning up and proofing the series so they can be published in print rather than just electronically.

  3. I honestly only meant to put in my top 3 but I couldn’t decide what to include so it became my top 5 and then things sort of spiralled downhill from there. Some of the mystery series are a bit old as I have been reading that genre for a lot longer.

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