I usually don’t get past the first page or two of most books, so the greatest compliment I can give any book is to finish it. I sample a lot of books and it’s a pretty decent compliment if I pass the first chapter. I found a random book yesterday that lured me beyond the nine percent mark on Kindle. The book is Deadly Messengers by Susan May.
I plunged right in without reading any blurbs and found the general writing style to my liking and the story intriguing enough. I will continue reading it today and see how far I get. The beauty of reading on Kindle Unlimited is I can quit the book anytime.
If I make it all the way through, I may even take a stab at writing a short review for this blog. I promise to keep it short to increase the odds that you will finish it.
Sometimes I make up my mind to read a book without sampling the book at all. This happened recently with Dragon Teeth, a posthumous novel from Michael Chrichton. The problem is, sometimes I get half way through these books and become bored, so I skip to the end and find out what happens and them move on with my life.
This method of fast-forwarding happened with Dragon Teeth, so this afternoon I vowed to read some samples of new books in hopes that one would grab me. Straight from the bestseller list, I downloaded e-book samples of The Buried Giant, A Dance of Dragons and The Wedding.
While none of these books were particularly poor reading experiences, none of them made me want to buy the book, which brings me back to a lesson I’ve had to relearn many times: Not every book is for everyone.
As a writer, it’s easy to sit down and try to think of a book that the whole world will love, but that’s impossible. Everyone has different tastes.
My search for a sample I can’t put down will continue and I’ll let you know if I find one. Have you ever read a sample that grabbed your attention and prompted a purchase? How often do you buy a book without sampling and has that ever worked out well?