Booking Through Thursday asks:
Overall, what factor most influences your choice of your next read?
A combination of my whim and what are on my shelves. My taste has always been fairly consistent: I prefer books that display a blending of modern and traditional aesthetics in the prose. I appreciate elegance and formality in writing, regardless of whether a book is plot-driven or character-driven. Most of the books I buy are in possession of these attributes. My mood also plays a role. A dense, challenging book is usually followed by a lighter fare.
What is it that makes you want to read a book by an author you have never read before?
Primarily the word of the mouth. I hardly hesitate to get a book recommended by a book blogger or friend who has the same reading taste. In general, a variety of things can influence this decision as well. The blurb/back cover description might intrigue me. A staff at he bookstore might recommend it.