I was going to put this in an existing thread but realized I was asking a pretty broad question so I'm starting a new thread
Ive got a question for you all- how do you decide what you want to read? Do you 'research' a book before you read it? I had a guy come into the library today asking what review sites were best to find books that he would like, and I was a bit stumped because he was sort of coming at it from a position of 'I want to make absolutely sure I'll like something before I read it' whereas I never read reviews of books before I read the book so it doesn't bias my reading. I'll delve into most things and if I'm not enjoying it I'll turf it fairly quickly.
But then I realized I'm not much different as I tend to stick to authors I know, or pick books that have a lot of 'buzz' about them when published, or are shortlisted for awards.
So what about you?
Do you pick a book by its cover? Does the storyline have to really grab you?
Do you stick to one genre?
Do you only read books that have been personally recommended?