Here's my policy on reading a book. I try not to discriminate against any books, but sometimes I can't help myself. So there are certain factors that go into my decision about whether or not to read a book.
- Do I know the author? Obviously, if I have read him/her before, I'm more likely to read their books. That is, unless, I hated the book I read, then I run away!
- The cover. This is a trait that I don't like about myself, but what can I do? If the cover looks intriguing, then I am more likely to give the book a shot. It's a fact of life that I can't do anything about!!! I will say, though, that I have trained myself not to pass on a book simple because the cover is bad - especially when the title or author is good!!!
- The synopsis. Here is where the big debate happens. Do you read the synopsis on the back or inside cover? Some people absolutely refuse, and I understand that. I hate knowing what's going to happen, it just takes some of the fun out of it for me. On the other hand, it's nearly impossible not to read the synopsis sometimes. If the title is ambiguous, the cover is questionable, and the author is unknown, how can a person spend good money on the book without at least checking if its appealing. In these situations, I have a rule. I will read the first paragraph of the synopsis. If I'm not interested to read the rest of the summary, then chances are, I won't be interested in reading the book.