Booking Through Thursday (10.29.09)

booking through thursday

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 am not a blurb lover. I have fallen for blurbs before and felt misled or downright lied too when I finished the book. Words/phrases in a blurbs that do tend to catch my attention are “haunting”, “terrifying”, “keep the lights on and double check the doors scary” but I have yet to keep my lights on when I go to bed unless I fall asleep before turning them off. I may read a blurb by another author that I already enjoy in hopes that I would be able to trust him/her.

Blurbs that turn my off right away usually include words/phrases along the lines of  “a love story like no other”, “your life will be successful”, “must-read” pretty much any lovey dovey/read this or be a loser/there has never been a better book are a sign for me to move on down the bookshelf.

So what about you, are there those shiny words or phrases that peak your interest? And what makes you run?

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  • Barbara
    Twitter: bardgirl
    October 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I usually don’t read the back of the book. If the book has vampires I’ll usually check it out although that isn’t fullproof since I have yet to read all of Bite Me by I think Illona Andrews or something like that. The only reason I keep the light on would be to read. I might have to keep it on when I start reading It. I was just in the mood and it’s been ages since I read it.
    .-= Barbara´s last blog ..Bonfire And Betrayal =-.

  • Allison
    Twitter: WellReadReviews
    October 29, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    I like “psychological thriller”.. and I would put down something that said “a love story like no other” definitely. :) A good love story doesn’t need to broadcast the mush factor.
    .-= Allison´s last blog ..Born of Fire (Giveaway & Book Trailer) =-.

  • Alita October 30, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I’m also not a big fan of blurbs. As much as possible, I try not to read them and instead base my reading choices on reviews and word of mouth and such. I say ‘as much as possible’ because sometimes curiosity gets the best of me and I read the whole back/flap just to find out what’s going on :)

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