How to Pick Out the Perfect Book

Imagine this.

You’re in a bookstore with some extra cash and you have the strong urge to buy yourself a good book. The only problem is you have no idea just what book you want. You draw a blank on what books your friends have recommended or the book on the to-read list you left at home.

How do you make sure you get your money’s worth on literature?

As daunting as it may seem to look for the perfect book in a sea of seemingly infinite options, there are many ways you can narrow down you options.

First of all, start by looking for that specific section in the bookstore where your usual choices are. If you usually buy biographies, go look in the non-fiction section. Fantasy fan? Go to the young adults section where fiction books abound. If you’re not sure where a certain genre is, don’t be afraid to ask a bookstore employee. The less time you spend wandering, lost around the bookstore, the more time you have to find that perfect book.

When you get to the bookstore section of your choice, start looking at the book titles and covers. While it is a common belief that a book should not be judged by its cover, the designs on the front of a book say a lot about what its about. Sentimental images of a man and woman or silhouettes of holding hands imply a love story. Guns and jewelry on a cover connotes a modern action story. The title can help you get a general idea of a plot as well. Key nouns like the “Hunger Games” or the “Fight Club” give crucial clues on what the book is about.

Lastly, the best way to get a quick grasp of a book is to read its blurb. A blurb is what you call that little summary you usually find at the back or behind the cover of the book. It’ll give you the names of the main characters, the beginnings of the plot, and even a look into the author’s writing style. Beware of books that have misleading blurbs! Try looking through the book itself, if you can, to get a better feel and see if it’s really for you.

It’s never easy to find the perfect book. With all your options, it’s inevitable that you sometimes pick out the wrong one. But keep in mind that the perfect book is out there. It’s only a matter of time until you find it.

Feature: How-to / Utility
Writer: Marisse T. Sonido
School: Assumption Antipolo - High School, Rizal, Philippines
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