Musing Mondays #1

November 21, 2011


Should Be Reading hosts Musing Mondays every week!

This week’s musing asks…

How do you decide to read a book by an author you haven’t read before? What sort of recommendations count most highly in making that decision?

Since I mostly read non-fiction and literary fiction, it has to be a subject that interests me. I am not interested in paranormal or vampires.

For example, I had never read any of Susan Orlean’s books before, but when I was at Book Expo America in May, I saw an advanced reading copy (ARC) of Rin Tin Tin and knew that I had to read it. This was partly because earlier in the day I had heard someone ask about the book and the publishers said it wasn’t out on the tables yet, but might be later in the day. The ARCs were stacked on tables, and you could just grab the ones you wanted.

I had never heard about the book before, but I was intrigued. I love animals, and had heard of the canine movie and TV star, even though the movies and the TV show were produced before I was born and had never actually seen any of them.

When I saw Rin Tin Tin on a table much later that day, I made sure to grab it. I just hope the man who asked about it earlier got a free copy!

I reviewed Rin Tin Tin here.

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