How do you choose your reading materials?
No .. will see it advertised..
I choose books by authors I know, or those recommended on Fantasticfiction or Amazon who both list a kind of "readers who liked that will like these" . I find those lists are usually a good source of new books.
I used to choose wine from the best cellar list.
Now I snag to $0.50 books with a clipped corner. I usually by stuff from authors that I know. If I am in a buy or die mindset, I will get one that has a cover that appeals to me.
Some with authors I know and will read anything they right. Most, I read the synopsis on the back and if it sounds interesting I'll give it a try. I read in a very wide range of genres, but most of my reading is science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery.
Nope. I read what I enjoy, period. If it happens to be on a 'best seller' list, then it does. But generally, I wouldn't have any idea whether it was, or not.
P.S. I never read anything on Oprah's book list, either. My aunt gave me something from her book club once ~ worst book I've ever read.
It is an extreme rarity that I even look on the best seller list. Most of the time these books have nothing to do with what I need, some are decidedly maudlin, and not one is even slightly related to my work.
I must admit that many of the books I read contain illustrations: mostly Feynman Diagrams describing nuclear reactions.
I suppose the main reason I avoid the best seller list is that it is a fantasy: one department of a major publisher sells a block of thirty thousand books of a given title to another department and reports the sale, then the "buyer" sells the same copies back to the original department -- without having to so much as print the hard copies. The alleged sale of non-existent books is a scandal. That is how we got such masterpieces as "The Accidental Tourist" on the best seller list when the book is such a disgusting loser that it might as well be a substitute for Sominex(tm).
I read the books from authors I enjoyed before..
No. My education included reading all the Classics. It served me well, taught me of a better way to speak and a time gone by that should be studied once more.
After the Classics I went for truth in every subject I was interested in.
The Best Seller list does not always fit my bill.
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