Thursday, October 29, 2009

Booking Through Thursday...Blurb

Suggested by Jennysbooks:

Something I’ve been thinking about lately: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?”

I usually don't read book blurbs, and if I do, I skim them just enough to see if anything about the book looks interesting. I prefer to know as little as possible about a book before reading it. This way, I don't have any preconceived ideas or expectations about the book.

So, to actually answer the question, I don't think there is a specific word or phrase that catches my eye. If I am browsing a store for a book, a stunning cover is much more likely to catch my eye.

On the other hand, if a description includes any words hinting at a bodice ripper, it goes back right away. I don't mind a little romance or sex in the books I read, but I don't want that to be the focus. The good thing is, you can usually stay away from these books by the cover alone!


Anonymous said...

I agree with you about covers, the tell a lot.

gautami tripathy said...

Bodice rippers are turn-offs for me too!

Booking through Blurbs

Tracie Yule said...

Funny, you are the second person that I read that didn't read book descriptions. It never occurred to me that someone wouldn't. I think you have a point about not reading them. I had never thought about any ideas that I had about a book before I read it.