Do you choose books off the best sellers list?

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No .. will see it advertised..

 

Sweet G

Delilah cut Sampson's hair and forced him into servitude and demise, powerful is woman, strong and vigilant, she brought her men off battlefields to carry them on her back to safety or to burial

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. Cool

What is truth -

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.

Gratitude as a discipline involves a conscious choice.....* Victims of circumstance owe it to fate. Victims of choice owe it to themselves.*One of the widest gaps in human experience is the gap between what we say we want to be and our willingness to discipline ourselves to get there.

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.

If a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, then that makes me a burning truck filled with TNT hurtling through a rocket fuel depot.

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.

Turn off the television and teach your children how to think. ~ Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see. (B. Franklin) ~ I do not respond in Comments ~ Trespassers will be eaten. Cowards, idiots and spammers will be shot on sight. ~ YeddaHeads

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). 

 

Even light will bend to do our bidding if we apply force correctly. The lowest servant in Heaven is still in Heaven, whoever rules in hell is still in hell, but they won't rule for long. No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a little child.

I read the books from authors I enjoyed before..

 

Sweet G

 

Delilah cut Sampson's hair and forced him into servitude and demise, powerful is woman, strong and vigilant, she brought her men off battlefields to carry them on her back to safety or to burial

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.

Lady Darko

The lines are drawn in the sand, the American people are alive and awake, well most anyway. Kick it and call names, Let the Freedom Ring

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