How Not to Judge a Book by Its Cover

 ... Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy (Compact DiscMany people do make the mistake of judging a book by its cover or is it really a mistake? More than once, you have probably purchased a book based on the cover art. More often than not, a newly released book’s cover can be an indicator of good things to come. However, there are some other ways you can determine whether or not a book is something that you would choose to read.

So how can you tell a good book from a bad one? Read the online reviews of the book and see what others have to say. The Internet is home to a wealth of information at your disposal. You will easily find some great in-depth reviews that can help point you on the right path. If you want a professional review, read blogs that are geared toward new bestseller releases. If you are looking for a more down-to-earth approach, consider Amazon for a straightforward punch.

Read the back of the book and consider what the main plotline is. How many times do people actually read what the back of the book says? Even if you feel pressured in a book store, don’t just dash to the checkout line. Take the time to truly read the inside flap and the back cover. This is usually a good indicator of what you can expect. The other trick of the trade you can try is to read the first few pages. By reading inside of the first few pages, you can get to know the author’s writing style. If it is something you like, it can help you make the decision to buy the book.

Consider what genre the book is in. For example, if you don’t enjoy reading books in the Christian fiction genre, always check the back of the book. The back usually contains the genre and sub-genre it is sold in. If not, the inside of the book with the copyright page oftentimes helps indicate this bit of info. As you can see, there are plenty of ways you can make an informed decision to buy or not to buy a book without just looking at the cover!

The Merits of the Divergent Trilogy

The Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth is the latest series of books to attract the attention of teenagers and young adults everywhere. This trilogy follows the life of a young girl, Tris, as she makes life changing decisions to leave her parents, home and birth faction to join the controversial Dauntless faction. Along the way there are stories of war, decisions that affect all of humanity and a love interest that helps readers to understand Tris’ personal side. Two books from this trilogy have been released to date, Divergent and Insurgent. Divergent focuses more on Tris’ decision to leave her family and the process of selecting a factor that all teens must undergo in this post-apocalyptic society. It also allows the reader to discover Tris’ anomaly that makes her decision between five factors that much more difficult and means she might truly not fit in anywhere at all. Continue reading The Merits of the Divergent Trilogy