BTT: Blurb

bttSuggested 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’ve never really thought about this before so let’s see…

Irresistible words:

  1. Provocative
  2. Mystery
  3. Betrayal
  4. Intrigue
  5. Dark
  6. Historic
  7. Fantasy
  8. Haunting
  9. Magical
  10. Impossible

Words that repel me:

  1. Detective
  2. Sports
  3. Faith
  4. Spirituality
  5. Political
  6. Romance

Although, usually the first things that draw me to a book (especially if I’m not familiar with the author) are the title and cover.  Then I usually read the back summary or book jacket, sometimes without paying any attention to the blurbs. 

I love the responses to this question though.  You can really get an idea of the kinds of books people like just by reading a scattering of words.

What’s your answer?


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