It’s all pretty much by recommendations these days. I just hate browsing the actual app. (Equal parts because I’m lazy and I just never generally find anything I like. lol) There are tons of people I follow on Instagram that are fantastic at finding hidden gems and recommending them and I’ll usually go off of their selections and by what I read on the stories descriptions.
There’s also people on the forums here I’ve stalked a little (this is going to sound creepy no matter how I phrase this lol) whose taste are similar to mine and when they suggest something, I’m known to check it out.
Usually, if it’s anything to deal with adventure, fantasy, or sci-fi, it’s going to spark my interest immediately. I even like quite a bit of comedy.
However, and this is really bad of me, but typically anything I see labelled in the drama genre I avoid like the plague and click away form. It’s just not the genre for me. I also avoid a lot of action these days because the moment I spot the word ‘gang’ in a description, that also keeps me from choosing a story. There’s, of course, a whole list of key words that will keep me from checking out a story as well.
While covers don’t attract me or detract me, they will make my eyebrow raise depending on how… risque it looks. I immediately become wary and believe it’s not my kind of story depending on how bad it is.