BTT: Blurb: What attracts you to a book?

btt2Suggested 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?”

hmmm…very interesting.

For me, words like “true story”, “war zone”, “fairy tale”, “scary”, “southern charm”, “romantic”, “in the depths of the forests”, “magical” make a book irresistible.

What I won’t care about is probably “spiritual journey”, “suffering from incurable disease”, “sports”, “has to take a super secret chip from Russia and plant it in the USA and then act as a spy by infiltrating the British Army” (basically anything that looks too complicated)

That’s it’s actually. But I am a very impulsive person; I just might pick anything depending on whim and if any blogger I trust effectively pitches it 🙂

I have answered the question considering what I understood is correct 🙂

18 thoughts on “BTT: Blurb: What attracts you to a book?

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  1. Er… Mystery, horror, crime, thriller, spanning the globe, er… Ok I have to go look at all my books now to answer this anymore… 🙂


  2. I think probably most of those words would put me off, except for perhaps ‘fairy tale’, but that’s the wonder of variety!


  3. I have a few sports books around but have yet to read them. I like sports movies so I want to try a sports books. I do seem to seek out different unlikely books occasionally. I can tell you that I’m starting to avoid books written in current time settings with middle-aged women characters. TOO lifelike?


  4. I’m not much of a blurb reader either, but I agree: if I spotted the words “sports” or “spiritual journey,” I would be less likely to buy the book, unless someone I trust had recommended it.


  5. I’m an impulsive reader as well (and have occasionally suffered for it.) I’ll pretty much read anything as long as the story piques my interest and/or it’s endorsed by bloggers and people I trust.

    My BTT!


  6. brr… NON-fiction is a no-no…
    well i m also compulsive and impulsive when it cmes to books..
    i want to read magic realism NOW.
    something like “Like Water For Chocolate”!
    Have you read it? it was cool, i loved it 😉



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