The Importance of the Book Blurb

  As I was trying to determine what I was going to write about for this week’s column and I thought of my list of things to do it dawned on me: a book blurb. As I was starting to read the current book I have to write my next book review I found out that it was exactly the title of the book. And then I found out that I read the book blurb. And it drew me right into the novel. The importance of a book blurb-now that sounds like a good title for an article.

So okay as I am reading the actual beginning of the novel I find out that the book blurb must be further on in the novel. How much further I have no idea. But I know that I will get to it and that is what makes me want to read the book until the end. Does this follow through with every book that I read? Well, take for instance a book that I started a couple of years ago (yes a couple of years ago) and am going to finish this year hopefully. The title of this novel is Casting the First Stone by Kimberla Lawson Roby. The book blurb for this is:

“Tanya Black has everything a woman could want: a fulfilling
career, a beautiful daughter, an elegant home, and a handsome,
charismatic husband who is pastor at a prominent Baptist church.
And yet, none of it can hide the going turbulence in her marriage.”

To me this is a nice blurb-and not the entire book blurb. In actuality it is only the first of three paragraphs. But due to rules I don’t am not able to continue showing you the rest. However, it doesn’t draw me into the novel. The title is what- Casting ? Stones??? And the closest you get to that in the title with the body of the book blurb is: “And yet, none of it can hide the going turbulence in her marriage.” Which could go either way.

So does it not draw me in? No it doesn’t- and I chose to read the book anyway. But as I said in the first book that I am reading for a book review to go on another website it drew me in because it was the title. So my question to you the reader is what draws you in- is it the book blurb itself? Is it the cover of the novel? Is it your own fantasy? What is it? Maybe if you guys will post a comment and share with the rest of the readers we can all determine what’s good for each of us to help us read the novel.

2 responses to “The Importance of the Book Blurb

  1. For ebooks I’m drawn in by the cover and then the blurb. For print it’s either the author or title follwed by blurb.

    • I think that is true. I like to read the blurb if I don’t like the cover. Its hard for me sometimes to decide if I don’t like either. For this I had finished hte book actually and I did like it because the cover, the blurb, the book all fit together for me. That doesn’t happen often. Print novels I like to review the blurb, the cover and then I ask friends. Only some of my friends actually read ebooks. One of them bought me a Nook which I absolutely love becasue I can’t go to the library very often. So that was a cool gift. And it got me into ebooks.

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