March 20, 2015

Preordering Books

Recently, I realized that, while I've talked about why I'll buy a book, I've never talked about why I'll preorder a book. It used to be, before my reading horizons expanded, I'd preorder every new book in the series I read (Main Street, Canterwood Crest, The Mother-Daughter Book Club, etc.) from my local indie. On release day, they'd call me and say it was in and I'd go pick it up. But now that I read a wider variety, I have to be much more selective in what I preorder. So here are some questions I ask myself when I'm picking which titles to preorder.

Is it part of a series I've read and enjoyed?
If so, I've gotta have the latest installment on release day. Think books like Cress, The Winner's Crime, and The One.

Is it by an author whose previous works I've enjoyed?
Maybe that author only writes standalones, or she's starting a new series. I'll often preorder books if it's a tried and true author for me. 
Kasie West and Emery Lord fall under this category. They're basically auto-buy authors for me at this point.

Have there been lots of good reviews?
Basically, have bloggers I trust given it strong ratings? If so, then the book's chances of being preordered go up significantly.

Do I have an e-galley/ARC of it?
Sometimes, this will affect whether or not I preorder a book, even if I really enjoyed it. If I know I have a physical galley, I'll still be able to reread it for awhile and get a finished copy eventually. I have to be so choosy when it comes to preordering books that this question will really affect my decision.

Open preorders I have right now and why:
The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord - I read an ARC (and an e-galley) and loved it even more than Open Road Summer. Plus, like I said, Emery is one of my auto-buy authors.
Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke by Anne Blankman - I didn't manage to get an ARC of this one and I loved Prisoner of Night and Fog, so of course I need the sequel!
The Heir by Kiera Cass - I need to keep my Selection series collection complete.
The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West - Hello, auto-buy author.
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han - I bought To All the Boys I've Loved Before on a whim the week it released. Best decision ever. So obviously its sequel is a preorder.

Books I want to preorder soon:
Hello, I Love You by Katie M. Stout
The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson
Deceptive by Emily Lloyd-Jones
The Road to You by Alecia Whitaker
Resonance by Erica O'Rourke
Daughter of Dusk by Livia Blackburne
The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett
Jubilee Manor by Bethany Hagen
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Don't Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
This Is Where the World Ends by Amy Zhang

So do you preorder books? What drives your decision?


  1. I don't preorder books, but the process you outline here is essentially the same as my process for deciding to buy ANY book I haven't read yet, regardless of how long it's been out. There are very few books I'll buy without having read first . . . the general criteria is:
    -Author I know won't let me down (Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Bryan Davis, Dianna Wynn Jones, and for a while Wayne Thomas Batson all fit this category)
    -Next book in a series I have all so far of
    -Don't think the library will get it in anytime soon and REALLY don't want to wait for my birthday/Christmas

  2. I preorder only every so often and it has to be a book that I'm dying to get a hold of. Either its next in a series or an author I really like. I tend to be behind on so many good books that I order them usually first. That being said my bookstore preordered a book for me that they knew I would like (its a sequel) so I can't wait to get my hands on it since they decided to do that for me!


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