Booking Through Thursday: Blurb

Suggested 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?”

Before I buy a new book I usually do some research first to make sure I’m not going to be wasting my money, therefore I make my decision based on reviews and recommendations rather than what the blurb says. Some of my all-time favourite books have the most boring blurbs you could ever imagine!

Where the blurb becomes more important is when I pick up an unfamiliar book in the library or a book shop. As I’m a big fan of historical fiction, phrases such as “historical epic”, “in the 19th century”, “Victorian London”, “brings history to life” etc would interest me, as well as words like “mysterious”, “secrets”, “exciting” and “fast-paced”. I also enjoy Gothic fiction so “castles”, “ghosts”, “haunting” etc would interest me too – maybe not “vampires” though.

Any mention of “politics”, “spies” or “legal thrillers” would probably make me put the book down immediately, as would any references to sports, serial killers, fantasy realms, self-help, or true stories. Of course, if a book was written by an author whose work I’d previously enjoyed, or if it had been specifically recommended to me, I’d be prepared to give it a chance regardless of what the blurb said.

Do you agree or disagree? What do you look for in a blurb?