Two years ago, I kept a list of all the books I bought and what about them initially caught my attention. Then I analyzed my list to see what were the biggest factors in my buying decisions. I think it'll be fun to make this an annual thing so that I can see how things change over the years (or how they stay the same).
First a summary of my results and then I'll get into how it all broke down. In parentheses are last year's results for comparison.
Book in a series: 30% (35%)
Premise: 23% (5%)
Author: 20% (20%)
Unusual story: 3%
Word of mouth: 17% (20%)
Being made into movie: 3% (5%)
I was kind of surprised by just how much premise went up this year. Last year I put a lot of stock in other factors so that really shows how I'm going back to whether or not a story's idea catches my attention. Another thing that surprised me was just how large a portion of the books I bought were the next installment in a series. I knew that I read a lot of series but I wasn't expecting it to be that much. Here's the break-down:
- Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. It's the third book in the Vampire Academy series.
- Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. Conclusion to the Inheritance Cycle. I waited an extremely long three years for this book. I wasn't waiting any longer than I absolutely had to.
- Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. Second book in the Infernal Devices trilogy.
- The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. Second book in the Heroes of Olympus series.
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth. Second book in the Divergent trilogy.
- City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. Fifth book in the Mortal Instruments series.
- The Fox Inheritance by Mary E. Pearson. Second book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles.
- Red Glove by Holly Black. Sequel to White Cat.
- Blood Promise by Richelle Mead. Fourth book in the Vampire Academy series
- Forever by Judy Blume. It's one of those "must read" books for teenagers that I somehow missed out on. That, combined with the controversy around it, made it a must read for me.
- Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater. The summary really got me on this one. I'm not the biggest fan of Wolves of Mercy Falls, but I like her writing.
- Love Story by Jennifer Echolls. A steamy story about a girl and a boy in the same writing class writing romance stories back and forth at each other? Hand it over.
- Once Dead, Twice Shy by Kim Harrison. Was on my list for a couple of years before I finally picked it up. The premise is what first caught my attention all that time ago.
- I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga. With an awesome premise like that I could never say no.
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly. The premise of this one has me so excited!
- The Demon Trapper's Daughter by Jana Oliver. The premise of this one really made me want it
- The Water Wars by Cameron Stracher. I love dystopians and the premise of this one made it impossible to walk away.
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. It's John Green. Do I really need any more explanation than that?
- Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann. I loved the Wake trilogy so when I found out about this one, it piqued my interest despite my usual avoidance of anything in the realm of horror.
- Every You, Every Me by David Levithan. He is one of those authors whose books I will buy no matter what they're about.
- Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz. It's Hannah, the premise is fantastic, and everything I've heard about it is glowing.
- Heat Wave by Richard Castle. I am obsessed with the TV show Castle. When I found out that there were real versions of the books from the show, I knew I needed to get my hands on them.
- Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. Everything that I heard about this book before I bought it was glowing praise.
- Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. The craze surrounding these books really attracted my interest and I wanted to read the book before starting the TV show.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. I haven't heard a bad thing about this book. I'm also really attracted to historicals at the moment and I've always had a special fascination with WWII.
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. I've heard conflicting things about this book, but the good things caught my attention
- Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins. I've heard amazing things about this book
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo. Bought because I wanted to read the book before seeing the movie.
- Darkness Becomes Her by Kelly Keaton. Another one that's been on my list for a really long time. The cover is what first caught my attention, but the price (three dollars) is what made me buy it.
- Crash Into Me by Albert Borris. I've been waiting forever for this book. The cover is what first caught my attention but the premise sealed the deal.