This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle, This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars, This other Eden, demi-paradise, This fortress built by Nature for herself Against infection and the hand of war, This happy breed of men, this little world, This precious stone set in the silver sea, Which serves it in the office of a wall Or as a moat defensive to a house, Against the envy of less happier lands,-- This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England. ~~William Shakespeare, Richard III

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Blurbs

Booking through Thursday is hosted by Deb at Wordpress.

Q: What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?

Hmm...this one required some thinking. When I'm looking at books and considering purchasing them, a title or cover may catch my eye but I always read the back covers to see if the story is interesting. Short "blurbs" don't really affect me one way or another but the book description on the back cover (or inside flap on a hardback) certainly sway me one way or another. Anything dealing with British historical fiction is going to find its way into my bag (especially Plantagenant and Tudor). If it seems like some fluffy romance novel I probably am not going to buy it. Once I actually own the book I will, unless its absolutely horrible and/or boring, read the entire thing.


  1. Yes I think that reading the blurb is a good way to drill down and see if the book looks to stand out in that genre as good.

    BTW, love the cover of the book you're reading next O, Juliet. Let me know when you've reviewed it if you remember!