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Are you more likely to choose to read a book based on the synopsis, or the cover? (submitted by Julie @ JadeSky)
This one is actually very difficult to answer in a way.
Ideally, the synopsis is the deciding factor when I make the final choice to add a book to my TBR or when I decide which novel to read next. However, as much as I wish I could, I cannot physically read every single synopsis for every single novel that might appeal to me (or even those that won’t). Therefore, covers (or authors) are a way for me to at least narrow down my options a little.
In a usual situation, I have a wide array of novels in front of me either in my library (physical or Kindle), on an ARC site, or in a bookstore/library. I tend to gravitate to novels that have an appealing cover. Then, I read through the synopsis. If the novel sounds interesting, then I will give it a try. If the synopsis does not, then I might still keep it on my backburner TBR if it is one that was recommended to me, an author that is similar to one I enjoy, or is an author I’ve read before.
Sometimes, though, the synopsis and cover both do not initially appeal to me, so if they were recommended to me, they will still end up on my TBR. There are other exceptions to the general “procedure,” but generally the both the cover and synopsis are factors when I decide to read a novel.
How about you? Do you prefer covers or the synopsis to decide your next read?