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?