How do you choose a new book at the bookstore?
My sister-in-law has a large book budget and buys anything that looks interesting. She's found that green and purple covers tend to draw her in. How's that for kind of random? If you want her to buy a book, just make the main cover color green or purple, chances are she will at least read the cover. That's not to say that she won't buy a blue or red book, but she finds that she is more drawn to green and purple - and I've noticed a lot of the books she recommends/gives me have green or purple covers!
Currently we are poor students, so I don't buy many books. If I am going to spend the money, it's on something that I know I will like (anything by Cornelia Funke, the newest book in a series, etc).
A couple of months ago, my husband went on a book buying binge for me. He was out of town for Valentine's day and felt like he needed to make it up to me (or something). Anyway. He got several books that were on my list of must owns. Then, he picked out two that weren't. One was based on a recommendation from a bookseller (it was The Time Travelers, which was a success). The other book he bought simply because the word "thieves" was in the title.
You see, I seem to have a thing for "thief" books. Here are a few that I enjoyed and can think of off the top of my head:
Peter and the Shadow Thieves, by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
The Thief Lord, by Cornelia Funke
and the list continues. The book my husband bought that day was The Shadow Thieves, by Anne Ursu, which I thoroughly enjoyed (see my review here). Currently, there are a few books on my must read list with thief in the title.
Are there any themes to your book buying traits? Do you look for key words/phrases? pretty covers? a particular color perhaps?