Booking Through Thursday: Blurbs

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What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?

“Zany”, “fantasy world”, “teeming”, “a girl disguised as a boy”, “shocking”, and “[Character A] must join forces [with Character B]” always grab my attention, although I’m usually seized by plot more than anything else. At the moment, I avoid “murder”, as I’m not in the mood for murder mysteries, and anything that suggests animal abuse or death–I just can’t take that. I also don’t like “quiet” as a descriptor for plot or “introspective”. It just doesn’t interest me at all.

10 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Blurbs

  1. I’ll usually stay away from anything that even mentions animals. I’m terrified that something horrible will happen.

    I’m sort of interested in that “girl disguised as a boy” phrase; which books have you come across with it?

    • I rarely cross books off my To Read list simply because the subject matter is difficult, but animal abuse and cruelty, especially to dogs? Right out the window.

      I love historical novels about girls disguising themselves as boys to seek their fortunes in unladylike areas of life. Monstrous Regiment is my favorite send-up of stories like that, although it manages to be pretty affecting in its own right. Leviathan‘s second protagonist disguises herself as a boy to join the Air Force, but I have yet to read it! However, it must be from the girl’s perspective- I’ve read way too many period novels where a male character suddenly reveals that they are female. It can be done right, of course, but I haven’t seen it done.

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