Tuesday, January 20, 2009
A BOOK BY ITS WORDS
How do you judge a book? I mean, when you walk into a bookstore and pull a book from the shelf, what is it about the book that ultimately makes you reach for your wallet?
My selection method goes something like this: I see a title that intrigues me. Here I'm looking for words alone. THEN I look at the cover art and the book blurbs and the inside jacket. Many times the book goes back on the shelf at this point.
But if I'm still interested, I flip through to a random page and read a few sentences. Does it make me think? Feel? Do I like the tone and voice? Do I want to know more?
I flip again to another random page and repeat the analysis. And that's when I know if I'm going to buy the book or not.
The great news is that there are so many books out there these days -- truly, there is something for everyone.
What's your process in deciding which one to bring home?
"Real success is finding your lifework in the work that you love."
- David McCullough