Tip of the Day: Have a safe and happy Labor Day, and keep your eye on the Weather Channel.
Today I'm thinking like a reader, and wondering if you writers would be interested in how I select books to put on my "To Be Read" pile. Here's how I find out about the books I read:
1. Library and Book Store Displays. Probably the number one reason I pick up a book; it just looks so good, I can't resist it. Librarians, you definitely have a big influence on what I read. Enter Three Witches by Caroline Cooney is a book I found at the library.
2. Word of Mouth. If one of my trusted reader friends, such as one of my A2A buddies, tells me about a great read, it will float to the top of my pile. Girls, Drums, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick is a book I picked up on Deena's suggestion.
3. Internet Buzz. If everyone in the online kidlit word is talking about a book, I must read it to find out what the buzz is about. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is a great example.
4. Interest in a Subject. If I'm researching something for a book I'm writing, or just a subject I find fascinating, I like to read about it. I found one of my favorite books, Burning Onions by Gary Soto, when I was writing a scene in California and wanted to read about California/Mexican culture.
5. Personal Contact with the Author. Probably the most influential factor in me buying a book rather than borrowing it. After all, I might be able to get it signed. I LOVE to read books where I feel I have a personal connection with the author. And Lisa, I loved I Heart You, You Haunt Me.
Strangely enough, I tend to read book reviews after I've read the book, not before. After I've read a book, I like to know what other people have thought of it.
So how do you choose books for your TBR pile?
-- Kate, Miss Apprentice Author