I’m a pretty adventurous and eclectic bibliophile, set just about anything before me and I’m willing to read it. Although I enjoy reading authors I already like, variety is the spice of life so I sample new authors pretty often. I won’t really know if I like an author’s stories and writing unless I at least make an attempt. My literary universe has expanded a great deal thanks to reading the back of a cover and trying recommendations from friends, whose opinions I trust more often than not. I also like reading short stories and anthologies as introductions to writers. “Unaccompanied Sonata” was the bait and Ender’s Game was the hook to Orson Scott Card. I realize not every author can write short stories well, but it gives me an idea of their storytelling and writing style. Conversations and reviews through the blogs of fellow bookworms is also handy.
I buy books fairly frequently because I like adding to my personal library. When I’m not raiding friends’ bookshelves, I’m usually perusing used bookstores. Speaking of which, Ursula LeGuin’s Lathe of Heaven followed me home today. I figure if I don’t like something or am so-so about it than I’m only out some change or a couple bucks while helping the shoppes survive.
That’s my three cents for Musing Mondays. What about you?
What is your policy when it comes to new authors? Do you feel comfortable purchasing a book or do you prefer to borrow new authors from the library? How often do you ‘try out’ a new author?