How to Select a Good Book
- The cover of the book is the first to check. Looks good? Go on, take it. But remember – a book cannot be judged only by its cover.
- Go through the summary given on the back cover or inside flap. Does the book sound like something you would enjoy?
- Skim the text, specially look for illustrations. Good pictures will help you understand the topic better for non-fiction books and it will be an added attraction for stories and novels. Here your age also matters!
- Check the New Arrivals Rack in the library or the bookstore.
- Look on the recently returned bookshelf. You will get some good choices. It’s a good guest that the books taken by someone else may be a good one.
- Get suggestions from your librarian, who would be glad to help you and may be knowing your likes and dislikes!
- Ask the recommendations of your friends and ofcourse, discuss the books you have read.
- Your teachers are the best sources. Read the books they might have discussed in the class.
- Check the credentials of the authors. If you liked a book by an author, most probably you would like his other works too!
- Go for books published by well-known publishers. They select their books and authors judiciously. So you can rely on them.
- Browse through the library shelves. Something will catch your eye.
- Read the book reviews on Newspaper, Magazines and Internet.
A Word of Caution
“No good book, or good thing of any kind, shows its best face at first”
So, do not judge a book by reading just the first few pages.