Sunday, February 22, 2015

BW8: Pick a book by the cover

Are you ready for a mini challenge?  Just realized I hadn't done any yet this year.   

Most of the time, when picking out a book at the bookstore or shopping online, I look for a familiar author or a book someone has recommended.   A few years back, a blogger friend of mine posed a challenge to pick a book based on its cover. The catch however was not to read the synopsis or reviews or anything else that would tell you what the book is about.  Pick the book, blog what you think the book is about, then read it and find out if your supposition was correct.  Easier said than done especially when you are as nosy as I am. The hard part is not  reading the excerpt on-line or if in the bookstore, reading a few pages here or there to see if it captures your attention. 

I've tried it a few times and have picked up some very interesting books using that method.  
This time, I went on Amazon and looked at  the new releases and chose books by authors I've never read, had an intriguing picture or title. I picked out some books after checking out the synopsis, but I resisted temptation and didn't read the excerpts or reviews. 

Euphoria by Lily King

Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Miramont's Ghost by Elizabeth Hall

Beautiful Redemption by Jamie McGuire
So which one do you think I should read?   I'll read the one that receives the most votes and let you know what I think of the story.   Join in the fun. Go the the library, bookstore or online and  pick a book based on its title or cover.


History of the Medieval World - Chapter 10 (pp 72 - 76)
Cracked in Two (392 - 396 AD)


Link to your most current read. Please link to your specific book review post and not your general blog link. In the Your Name field, type in your name and the name of the book in parenthesis. In the Your URL field leave a link to your specific post. If you have multiple reviews, then type in (multi) after your name and link to your general blog url.


  1. I like the look of Marimont's Ghost.

    1. Thanks - It was a tie between Europhia and Marimont's Ghost so I'll be reading both.

  2. I chose this week's book by its title, does that count? With my own name in the title, I couldn't resist Emma Healey's debut novel 'Elizabeth is Missing' and I'm glad I didn't. This is an excellent whodunit with a difference. Eighty year old Maud is sliding into dementia but buried deep in her memory is the solution to a seventy year old mystery. Her confusion and disorientation make unsettling reading but I really enjoyed this book.

    1. Yes, it counts and looks really good. Will have to check it out.

  3. I too chose this week's book by its title, Elizabeth is Missing, and it didn't disappoint. It ended up, for me, as a collaboration with Liz McIllwaine above. I very often pick books by their cover, particularly from my local library. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.


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