Booking Through Thursday (29 October)

Today’s Booking Through Thursday question is: “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?””

You know, I don’t know! I don’t think that there are specific words or phrases, like “fascinating” or “electric boogaloo”… well, no, if a blurb had the words “electric boogaloo” in it I might give the book a chance. I think generally when I’m looking at blurbs I’m just looking for the general feel. If reading the blurb makes me crack a smile, I will pick up the book. If it makes me curious to read the book, I will pick up the book. If it makes me roll my eyes so hard they fall out of my head… I probably will not pick up the book.

What about you guys? When I write my future treatise on collectible fountain pens (I found one of these while I was weeding at the library the other day, no, really!), what should I put in the blurb to convince you that it’s the greatest book ever?

6 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday (29 October)

  1. pussreboots says:

    I've actually read a book or two about collectible fountain pens. My father's an antique dealer and fountain pens are one of his specialties. My post is here and has nothing to do with pens. 🙂

  2. Petunia says:

    If there is too much oversell I will be turned off. You know, stuff like 'best book of our century!' or 'sure to be a classic.' If a book is so great, why not let it speak for itself? Great book generally get recognized at some point.

    Oh, and Oprah's sticker kinda turns me off too.

    I'm following you on Twitter. EducatinPetunia. (You said you would totally follow me) 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    Oh, yeah, the Oprah sticker is no good, ususally. Also, I totally am totally following you! I will prove it by saying that you have two kiddos gone and one watching a movie as of some number of minutes ago.

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