Booking Through Thursday asks — 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?”
For me, any of the following words used to describe a book will get me to pick it: historical fiction, fantasy, magic, mystery, thriller, paranormal, romance, ghost, and sometimes horror (as long as it’s not completely gory, I’m in). Even charming, fast-paced, exciting, and new take on…will usually get a book past the immediate inspection phase.
What will make me drop a book: anything religious based (I find I just don’t have the interest), biography (not a big fan), anything sports related (as my husband can attest, not a big fan of anything sports related), chicklit (I’ve read a few but not a huge fan) and erotica (I don’t mind romance but I think characters should have pants on for at least part of the story).
Oh, I forgot, anything self help related. Just NO.
How about you? What words make a book an absolute must read?
2 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday”
I think anything that’s written well can hold my interest. Sometimes, however, it’s awfully hard to tell that from the blurb!
When it says “unputdownable” is when my interest piques! I guess it’s because that’s the kind of experience I like to have with books. I like a story that I don’t want to stop reading and would prefer to carry the book with me anywhere I go just in case I have a chance to read a page or even a sentence.
Um, I feel like a dork now.
Let’s see, a few things that I think make me stop reading include:
-Gratuitous violence, sex or animal cruelty.
-When characters raise my stress levels with the stupid things they do (and keep doing!).
-When I get to the middle of the book and I still don’t see a plot.