Some of the best books I have ever read came from chance. And by chance, I mean that I wandered the bookshelves and picked out a cover or title that caught my imagination, flipped it open to the bookflap, and decided the story was worth my time.
Lucy Ferris defended brick & mortar bookstores against online bookstores recently and made a significantly valid point:
“…nothing quite beats the experience of hovering, mothlike, around the literature section, picking up and glancing at pages randomly, deciding to try a book because you like its cover or its opening lines or what Wally Lamb had to say about it.”
Because that’s how I see it. That’s how I read. I find that if a book doesn’t capture my attention in the first few lines, I’m more than likely not going to read it. I have several books in a Half Price Books resale pile that can attest to this. Books I picked up because someone told me I would love it, words unseen, I went on their recommendation – nothing. I’ve since learned my lesson. Let it ‘hook’ me, I’m all over it.
Did you ever discover a favorite read this way? Did you go back and find more of their books?