Tuesday, September 29, 2015

How can I tell if I will like reading a book?

Of course, there is a saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover" and it may be true, but you can tell a lot from it. At the least it will tell you how much the author and/or the publisher cares about quality and what the look of the book says to the prospective reader. Hopefully, the book cover's illustrations will also give you a good indication as to what the book is about. 

You can also read the descriptions and the summaries on the dust jacket (the paper cover that is taped on).

But maybe the best way is to read the 'Summary' that oftentimes appears on the Copyright Page or the backside of the title page. It gives a nice, concise summary of the book and I believe that in most cases a librarian wrote it after reading the book. I like it better than reading the descriptions/summaries on the dust jacket because it is a reader's opinion and isn't just the author or the publisher trying to push their book. 

Example: