by Captain Lyaf Yarr
I was talking to my sister the other day in the library as we were looking at books and she wondered what made me pick up certain books as opposed to others. Now my reasons might be the same as yours but I thought I would elaborate anyway. Here are my top five reasons for picking up and checking out library books. Or any book for that matter.
- Book Cover. What’s the first thing you see when you look at a book, but the cover? When I’m in a library I go for the books with pretty book covers and I equate cool covers with good books.
- Book Title. The title of a book is also very important for checking out purposes. A bland title is less likely to go home with me. It’s pretty obvious a catchy title is going to grab my attention and shout, “Get your card and check me out!”
- Back Blurb. If I’m not sure about the book after the cover and title I read the back or inside jacket of a book. If it sounds neat I’m prepared to try the book. If it sounds less than interesting it goes right back on the shelf.
- Friend Recommendation. Most of my friends are not likely to read books, sad as it is, so if they recommend a book I am definitely going to go check it out. Anything my best friend recommends is on my auto-checkout list.
- Librarian Recommendation. If I’m completely stuck and unsure where to look for good books, I do one of two things. First I quickly scan the librarian staff favorite shelf for any young adult titles. If none are there or if I’ve read them already I go ask the librarian behind the kids desk for some titles to consider. Librarians are very friendly and helpful!
So was I right, was my reasons the same as yours would be? Go ahead and tell me in the comments!