I read blogs that my online friends write,I also read the blogs of bloggers I know. How I pick books is a totally different thing. I go for catchy titles. There was a time when I only read books that were recommended by my older siblings or teachers.
Lately my direction is changed slightly,I read books that have an interesting title. When I was teaching I saw a book on the shelf,the title caught my attention,it was “This Can’t Be Happening At Macdonald Hall”,naturally I had to find out what exactly was happening at Macdonald Hall. The author was a student of grade eight.He wrote this in school,it was a story they had to write for their language class. The teacher was so impressed,he told his student to send it to the publishers,Scholastic publishing company. He wrote a lot of books that were best sellers.
Moving on I noticed a book titled “Aleph” ,the author was Paulo Coelho. I bought the book and after that any book written by this author had to find a spot on my shelf. I read Hosseini’s books,I read the second one first,but then was told “Kite Runner” was his best seller. My daughter bought it for me,I had to read it immediately.I was not disappointed.
There are other books I bought simply because I liked the title.
I don’t have a definite pattern how I choose my books,it can be the title,the blurb written by various publishers also makes me curious to read the book.