In the last few months, there have been plenty of 2015 book list wrap-ups, and 2016 book wish-lists. I always find those types of posts interesting to read. From a reader perspective, they provide me with new goodies to add to my TBR pile. From an author perspective, they give me insight into what is popular with romance readers.
Although, as much as I enjoy these lists, one thing that always seems to be missing, is how to start building your reading list. How do you go about choosing a romance book to read? It isn’t about bowing to what bloggers or the market tells you to read. It is about reading what you enjoy and what interests you.
Unfortunately, shopping for a good book online can be difficult. Beautiful book covers and intriguing tag lines can be misleading. And the next thing you know, you’re reading a book that doesn’t hold your interest and you wish you never purchased.
In an effort to help readers build up their own TBR list on their own accord, I’ve put together a basic guideline for choosing romance books online.
The steps are fairly simple, but they are very necessary if you want to enjoy your purchase and not become resentful of:
Step 1: Read the blurb
Step 2: Read an excerpt/sample of the book
Step 3: Read some reliable reviews
Step 4: Get ready to meet your next book boyfriend or girlfriend
To expand on these steps, I created bright, shiny infographic just for you 🙂
This guideline doesn’t guarantee a good read, but it should help mitigate most annoying and unpleasant surprises. The point is to help readers become more informed and in control of the books the purchase and choose to spend time reading.
I hope this guide helps readers new to the romance genre build up their book lists, and for some veterans to share with amongst their friends.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”