It's has been awhile since I've visited a book store. Whenever I get the chance to visit Borders, MPH or Kinokuniya, I love to slowly walk through the book sections that I enjoy looking for something interesting to read. The first thing that attracts me is the book cover which I guess it's normal for most people. Then I'll read the summary, the prologue or the 1st chapter. Next thing I look at will be the taglines on the book such as "New York Times Best Seller" and the awards given. Many other criterias are looked into, writer, genre, even the book font type. Bad font type is a big No No for me. Wouldn't want to damage my eyes more :P.
Currently I'm reading "Wicked" by Gregory Macguire and I bought this book because it is made into a Broadway musical in the US which I learn about from the series Ugly Betty. The design of the book itself is cool whereby the one I bought has green pages at the side of the book but the inside is not green though. This book is about the wicked witch in the children's fairy tales, The Wizard of Oz, on how she became a witch, the story about her life. I haven't finish it, about 65% done. It's one of the most interesting fantasy books I've read. Normally we have heroes like warriors, priest, magicians, thief and many more. This one is about the antagonist which is a witch. It tells what happened when she was still an unborn child till her death.
I like it because it doesn't involves demons and monsters like the typical fantasy books. This is more about the evil hearts of human. A bit of politics are involved too. I give it a rating of 7/10, so far it's still the Harry Potter series that keeps me reading non stop. I do recommend this book if you want a different kind of fantasy.