//What The Guys Are Reading #2: Signed book giveaway!
Julie Cross and Jackson

A Guest Post by Perfect 10 Member, Jackson

Now that you know what to get a guy I’m going to go deeper into their mindset. Have you ever gotten a gift from someone that you really didn’t like but you smile anyways? Well, this happens to guys when it comes to books. People don’t know what to get them so they get the books they have heard about. Sometimes this is okay (like with Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc.) but sometimes they get books that they would rather die than read. 
To make sure that you know what books they want you have to think like a guy. Guys have a few criteria for their books. A good story that is fast paced and unique. A bit of action or something that interests them, like sports or video games. A macho main character. And a cool cover. Guys are as shallow as you think, but only with books. To help you understand what I am talking about I will break it down. 
Guys don’t want to read the same book with different characters. Unless it’s set in the same world, guys hate re-reading most books so something playing off of a general idea is boring. They also don’t want to hear a ton of dialogue and back story as much as epic scenes. Obviously some guys are different, like I love back story and an explanation to everything. It needs to have some aspect that interests them. I would never read a book that is like real life. I read to escape from the boring and stress filled lives we live. Why would I want to read a book about something I already do. To me it’s like going to school and taking the same class over and over and over (and over and over). The macho main character is very important. These guys are confident and have a lot of power. Harry Potter might be a nerd but he has a stick that could turn people into mice. That’s pretty cool. 
Guys love thinking about how they would do all the crazy stuff the main character did but better, even though we would probably scream like a little girl. A cool cover sells it for a guy. We are very shallow. If we do not know the series or author we will not pick up a book with a boring cover. If it has something that we don’t care for on the cover then we won’t try. So there you have it. Everything a guy looks for in a book. See you in two thursdays and hope enjoyed the post.
Question of the week: What do you look for in a book and what books cover your criteria?

And just to make this more awesome, if you comment on today’s post you’ll be entered into a random drawing to win a copy of teamTEENauthor member, Adam Leonard’s, book Rift Riders.

Winner will be announced on the blog this Sunday!


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  1. Brandon M April 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm - Reply

    Jackson buddy I could not agree with you more, I am sooooooo picky on what I read. I stick with my main author rick riordan. I rarely ever trail off. If the cover looks awesome and the synopsis sounds amazing I am soooo in my friend, for example tempest (insane book).

  2. Natasha Wilson April 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    Same! Guys can be so hard to buy a book for! I think the cover is most important to grab a guys attention and the story should not be to lovey dovey

  3. danielle April 24, 2012 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    My husband is not a big reader …he has read the ufc fighter Matt hughes' autobiography and that's About it! I love reading all kinds of books so I don't put to much thought into the cover I do however read the intros on the cover flaps or on the back of the book and that usually helps me decide if I want to read the book!

  4. danielle June 13, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Has anyone won this yet?

  5. Anonymous June 13, 2012 at 12:53 am - Reply

    Has anyone won this yet?

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