This morning I was looking at the books on my to-be-read shelf*. I've touched on this briefly before, but it's been a while.
Obviously I want to read them, but so far I haven't.
Yet I continue to purchase other books - and read some of them first - before touching others that have had a longer shelf life.
As writers, we continually strive to choose the best titles for our projects. Yet the title and cover are ultimately decided by the publisher with little or no input from us.
What makes us, as readers, choose one book over another to read on any given day?
Is it title? Cover? Knowing the type of book or style of writing of a particular author? What makes me choose Lisa Scottoline to read one day and pass over her for James Lee Burke on another?
I don't have a ready answer. It's something I think about each time I choose a new book. Or crowd others onto this shelf.
There's an empty space or two there now. Time for a visit to the book store.
*No dust bunnies were harmed in the shooting of this photograph.