This used to happen to me fairly regularly back-in-the-day before I started blogging and discovered tools like GoodReads. Back when I made my decision based solely on the cover, back blurb and the editorial reviews on the first page. My trips to the bookstore used to be pretty random, I’d browse for hours enjoying the shopping experience, hoping to discover that hidden gem amidst the stacks. Picking a bad egg used to really piss me off because for 1) I didn’t have money to waste on a crappy novel and 2) I didn’t read nearly as many books are I do now.
However, after three years of blogging my shopping habits have changed dramatically. I have a reading wishlist so I normally vet books months in advance and, GoodReads is now the first and last place I go before making my final decision about whether to add another one to the pile. Looking back, I can’t believe how chaotic my book buying used to be. Now I RARELY read blurbs and although I can admire a pretty cover, it’s never a factor in my decision. Blogging has spared me from suffering (much) from the dreaded “book disappointment”.