When you go to bookstores, what particular kinds of books you usually look for?

Philippines
June 14, 2010 2:14am CST
When I am in a bookstore, I always look for DIY and home improvement instructional books. It particularly interest me to know how things were done and how tos in refurbishing or designing the home. Few years back, I used to buy fiction novels but lately, I couldn't find time to read that long so I prefer reading short stories whenever I can. Horror or suspense thriller books never caught my interest ever since. What about you?
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@amelly (1558)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 10
i would go to comic and magazine sections..i like to browse through latest comic and magazines..sometimes i like to look at new novels and cooking books..i love to make dessert and trying new recipes..some books can be open and i will flip few pages to look at it.,frankly i like to be in a bookstores..it is like heaven to me with tonnes of interesting books to be read..i like cecelia ahern, j.k rowling, sophie kinsella and some other authors..my mum used to buy me enid blyton;s books when i was a kid and i fell in love with it and also the world of reading instantly...
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@karen1969 (1788)
15 Jun 10
I loved Enid Blyton's books as a kid too - the Magic Faraway Tree and Enchanted Wood, Naughty Amelia Jane, the Naughtiest Schoolgirl, I had about 80 Enid Blyton books in my collection.
@amelly (1558)
• Malaysia
15 Jun 10
i read naughty amelia jane before..well,these kind of books that make me love reading and enhance my ability to understand and speak in english..
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• Philippines
15 Jun 10
Hi Amelly and Karen1969, I am not sure I know Enid Blyton but it sure sounds good reading materials. I hope we have them here. Amelly, we share the same feeling about a bookstore. It's like I am in cloud 9 seeing all wonderful printed materials. Whenever we go to mass on Sundays, we go straight to our local bookstore right after. I can't explain the feeling of walking along aisles of books. I just love it!
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@puccagirl (7316)
• Israel
14 Jun 10
I usually look at new books by my favorite authors, and if I can't find that, I just look around to see if something catches my eye. I also read book reviews before than so I am a bit prepared when I go, it helps me get the books that I really want to read when I actually get there.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Hello! Sometimes very good authors really make us feel connected with them when we read their works. It somehow gives us the feeling that we can relate to their protagonists as the author unveils the character in his novel or book. Like you I also try to find books from the same author if I find his previous works much to my liking. Where do you get most of the reviews that give the best idea about a book other than internet sites? Do you belong to a book club? Hacve a nice day!
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
15 Jun 10
I do the same thin puccagirl~ I have a few favorite authors that I "stick with" like now! I am reading a Harlen Coban book, "Hold Tight" and it is a little over 400 pages and I can't put it down! So, I'm ordering another 3 more by him! I read what they are about first and the review and buy them at Overstock.com!
@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
When I am in the bookstore I always headed for novel sections I would like for something new book for my favorite author and check other books that would catch my interest then if I could not find anything I would be going to cooking books section. I am desperate when it comes to cooking so I would get something new which would help me and easy to follow.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Hi ada8may21, cooking is also one interest that I share with you. I love cooking and I find most of my recipes from the internet. I also buy cook books but I don't usually follow them to the letter. I improvise mostly and experiment every now and then. One good site that I go for cooking tips and new recipes is www.allrecipes.com, and for baking is the www.preparedpantry.com. You'll love the tips you'll get from them. Enjoy!
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@ada8may21 (2419)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
I really appreciate for sharing some information. Thank you and I would really like to check those sites that you gave me. Always take care and keep up your good work.
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
14 Jun 10
I have always enjoyed books and reading. I may start out looking for a historical romances, they are my favorte. Somehow i manage to find my way into horror and thriller novels. There's nothing loke the latest scaare from Stephen king to get the heart racing.
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Hi, you know I am afraid to read a book that might scare my wits out. My heart is not trained to race as such! hahaha. Maybe if one day I'd be convinced to read one, I will ask first how the story went before I'll ever proceed so that I have a clue when to get my heart ready for the blood raging heart pounding part. This is also one reason I don't watch suspense thriller and horror movies. Am I kind of boring?
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• United States
14 Jun 10
I tend to look for mystery books. I like other genres, too, but I seem to mostly enjoy reading mysteries and usually they are the only books I buy. I tend to get the other genres from the library or my book rental service.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Hi antarcticpostcards, You know as I've said again and again, I hate reading books that would jolt my emotions. I would rather read for entertainment and relaxation but it's always good to read romance novels with a lot of mysteries. I don't actually go for book rental service because I have this personality who falls in love with a book that it's hard for me to part with it. I have a particular penchant in buying books for keeps but I could share the titles if I believe it's worth the promotion. :) happy mylotting!
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@megamatt (14333)
• United States
14 Jun 10
It's been many years since I went through a bookstore. Mostly because I buy my books used from garage sales. Or when the library gets rid of their old books, I tend to go up there and look around. However, with that in mind, there are a certain types of books that I look out for when I do this. Of course, if I am interested by it, I read it. I tend to read a lot of historical fiction books. I'm a big fan of looking at history and it is interesting to see certain perspectives into elements that might happen. Also fantasy and action tends to be among the books. I also look for trade paperbacks of comic books. However, there are more books. As I mentioned, if the books are interesting looking, I will read it.
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• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Hello megamatt, I would love to read those historical fiction books too. It must be a good adventure for the soul reading stuff like that. I haven't as yet read any from that genre. Would you recommend any particular book that is as interestingly good and mesmerizing without a hint of violence and tragedies. I hate sad and tragic endings. Thanks! A good day to you friend!
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• United States
14 Jun 10
I guess I like the type of books that never caught your attention Horror and suspense is my favorite genre and it's what got me interested in reading books in the first place. When I am at the bookstore, I always go to the horror or the mystery section to see if there is a good new mystery or ghost story. I could spend the whole day reading about detectives or the supernatural. Maybe that qualifies me as a nerd.
• Philippines
14 Jun 10
Wow animegirl334, that's something! My elder daughter also loves to read suspense thrillers and she is a fan of J.K. Rowling but I haven't had any idea if she reads horror books. Those genres are quite hard to digest, it easily makes my heart skip a beat. You must be an adventurous person. Good day to you!
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@derek_a (10903)
15 Jun 10
Being a Zen practitioner, most of the books I read are Zen books because I guess Zen is a way of life for me and I enjoy reading accounts of how other Zen practitioners deal with their discipline. _Derek
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@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
15 Jun 10
hi bluebelleangel, mostly for the last two years i have not visited the book shop for books,when ever there is an exhibition of books at our place,i visit the stall and search for my guruji books,there are lot of gurujis to me ,at present i see "T lob-sang Ram pa" books in Telugu,or any other spiritual book,if have enough money to buy the book i will buy if not,i will postponing it for next time,have a nice day
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Hi Yugasini, you must be very busy. Lately I buy books that are self help or DIY and I don't buy much of the novels unless I have an extra budget for that, anyway I'm not that sure that I could read the book immediately. I also postpone buying sometimes unless the books are hard to find ones.
@yugasini (12814)
• Anantapur, India
16 Jun 10
hi bluebelleangel, thanks for the response,in my young age i am reading novel but all are ditective novel,they are very famous on those days,but those also Telugu novels,but i like novel of Malladi Venkata Krishna Moorthy and Yandamoori Veerendranath,in spiritual books i like every book mostly,have a nice day
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
15 Jun 10
Hey Bluebelleangel! I love to read and I started to read seriously last Summer! I don't know how many books I read but it was at least 6 books and I have read about another 6 this Winter! I have found books in the $1 store that were hardcover books, didn't know the authors, but figured I couldn't go wrong for a $1 and it turned out the books were incredibly good! And I got a few at a Staples store because my friend is a Manager and gave me some coupons so I got about 6 more there, they were $10 for 2, and with the coupons they cost me nothing!lol I love mysteries! I recommend anything by Harlen Coban, he is an excellent writer! But, I read all kinds of books. I have read humorous books to books about the afterlife!
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Hi Opal26, I haven't read any works of Harlen Coban and I have no idea what genre he writes about but I'll try to look for his books in my next stop at the bookstore and we'll see. Good day!
@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
16 Jun 10
He writes murder mysteries and is an incredible writer! He has written quite alot of books and they are "Best Sellers. His books are easy and fast reading! Try one. The one that I'm reading now is called "Hold Tight"!
@karen1969 (1788)
15 Jun 10
I usually look in the biography and autobiography section, as I enjoy reading those kinds of books. Then I will check out the film and TV section, as I am interested in film stars and people like Alfred Hitchcock. After that, I will check out the bestseller list and the fiction - either by authors I like or by genre, depending what I fancy reading.
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
It's nice to know the true accounts of famous people's lives. I particularly love reading the lives of Monarchs but the encyclopedias don't offer that much information about them.
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@karen1969 (1788)
15 Jun 10
My husband is very interested in British monarchy and he enjoys reading books by David Starkey and John Van Der Kiste.
@nixxi76 (3192)
• Canada
14 Jun 10
I ususally don't just walk into a bookstore unless I know what I'm buying or looking for before I buy it. I always go to this used book store about a half hour drive away from me. The owner sells the books and whenever we're finished reading them we can bring them back and exchange them for other books so it's sort of like a library at his store. He won't refund you the full price you've paid for the books but you do get some back. Take care
14 Jun 10
that is really such a very good idea! wish had one near me!
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
Hi Nixxi76, maybe your style is more practical because I realize that whenever I go to a bookstore, I don't just buy a book, I almost always buy writing supplies, notebooks, papers, ballpens and pencils. Funny but I must admit that I am a pencil collector.
@paula27661 (15900)
• Australia
16 Jun 10
I enjoy self help and books about the paranormal. Anything by Stephen King will have my attention. I like horror, suspense and crime novels. I do like love stories as long as they are contemporary ones. I love to read so I am generally happy to take a look at almost anything.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Hello Paula, the one genre I can't get myself to read is that which story is based on suspense and tragedies so I shy away from those racks in a bookstore.
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@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
16 Jun 10
I love short stories/novels. Anything on life that makes a light reading and relaxes my mind. Just like you I love tips on diy or home improvement and management.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Anything that relaxes and entertain me is my choice indeed. DIYs give me valuable information on how to spend less on home improvements.
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
I usually look for books from Oprah's book club selection or any novel that I find interesting and if it's a new york's bestseller it will really get my attention. Now what I'm reading is "Where the heart is" by Billie Letts. The Novalee Nation who's unlucky, at 17 years old, she is preganant, and finds her self stranded at an Oklahoma Wal-mart after her mean-spirited Napoleonic jerk of a boyfriend left her there on their way to California. But Novalee still finds herself lucky to be in the right town where she will discover that there are still people who will love her and her soon to be baby.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
I hope I could have the time to read long novels such as those but as I don't get enough time to read and I am now homeschooling my daughter, I prefer short stories instead. Maybe I could do that in the future when she returns to traditional schooling. Enjoy your day!
15 Jun 10
I go for acting books. Be it plays or books aboit acting. I have wanted to be an actor for a long time now and a lot of my energy is focused on getting there! It's a tough profession, so any advice from books or even better, people, that I can get is just so valuable. Other than that I don't read a lot. I like feminist literature though and autobiographies.
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Hi Leighann675, I wish you good luck on your acting career. Hope you find yourself on stage and big theaters real soon. Have a nice day!
• Hong Kong
15 Jun 10
Hi Bluebelleangel, When I go to bookstores, I usually look for some books about philosophy and psycology. I do not need textbooks but just some short chapters,like analyzing of stories or personalities, behaviour and so on, to explain certain kind of phenomenon, ideas or thoughts. Happy Tuesday! agonyaunt69 (5:34pm 15 Jun 2010, Hong Kong time)
• Philippines
16 Jun 10
Hello Agonyaunt69, I don't ever remember having sought out books from that category in bookstores, maybe because sometimes these philosophical thoughts confuse my principles at some aspects. There's really nothing wrong about those subjects. I don't know or maybe I really did not enjoy Philisophy back in college or maybe my professor was not that interesting in the way she actually taught the subject. I like Psychology but I'd rather read books that could entertain me. Good day to you too and happy mylotting!
@leonnee (19)
15 Jun 10
Hi Bluebelleangel..When i was small i used to read comical stories book and anything that is entertaining but now i mature i look for that is educational like cooking books and laundry books same with you it helps me to know many hows in kitchen and in clothes i applied it in daily routine it is basically practical right because we eat and we wash.Thriller books are nice blue when the stories are true..;o);o)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
Hi Leonnee, I wouldn't know if thriller books are nice too because I shy away from them.:) If you say so then do enjoy your reading. Happy mylotting!
• United States
15 Jun 10
I love any book that helps me learn. I prefer books about the lives and care for animals, but will pick up almost anything non fiction! :)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
The same reason why I treasure my books, they are my continuing education system.
@jajabugz (72)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
when i go to the bookstore just to read, my first viewing is the books about interior designing., because i like to be an interior designer LOL,. :) i tend to design the house.. :) i admire when I'm seeing strange design and modern design :) and when i go to the bookstore to buy, i directly go to the station where i can buy my book :)
• Philippines
15 Jun 10
Nice choice. I also love home improvement books and that include interior design materials, books and magazines.