Lately, I’ve noticed that I barely glance at blurbs anymore before deciding if I want to read a book. I mean, I do read synopses for the most part before adding a book to my TBR list but after that I forget. By the time I get round to picking up a book based on my TBR list, I don’t bother reading the blurb anymore and just dive in.
At other times, I pick up a book because I’ve seen it around a lot and the cover looks enticing. If I do want to make sure if it is a book for me, I usually end up scanning it with the Goodreads app on my phone and read all the info I need there.
Then there are those times when I have one whole pile of books on my desk that I picked out at the library. I line them up according to their due dates and mostly read them in that order. If I looked at the blurb before borrowing a book, once again I don’t remember by the time I pick up a particular book anymore.
In a way, I like diving into a book for which I have no idea what to expect. Besides, I did engage in some pre-screening, so there must be something about those books that drew me to them. Blurbs, while good in telling readers enough to decide if they might like a book also rob us of the unknown. It is the unknown that is exhilarating above all. That is why blurbs hardly matter to me right before I dive into a new book.
I must also confess that I buy most of my books online. Obviously it follows that I also read the descriptions of those books online. By the time those books reach me, I don’t think to look at the blurbs printed on the back or in the inner sleeves anymore.
Blurbs essentially are a marketing tool. Just like book covers. If I don’t enter a bookstore to physically pick out a book myself, then the printed blurb has no more impact on me. On the flip side, I do obtain the bulk of my books from the library but as I said, I either already have books I borrow on my TBR list or I consult Goodreads.
Do blurbs matter to you? How much of an impact do blurbs have on you when you’re deciding if you want to read a particular book?