What author’s or publication’s blurb would influence your book selections?
All answers will be posted on Friday, March 30th.
Jodi Picoult Geraldine Brooks
Los Angeles Times, NY Times, NPR, Wall Street Journal are favorites.
James Patterson, Clive Cussler, Iris Johnson, Lisa Gardner, Robin Cook, Jeffery Archer, Joy Fielding.
James Patterson, Lee Child, Jude Devereau, J.A. Jance, Joanne Fluke, Stuart Woods, John Sandford, Harlan Coben, Jonathan & Faye Kellerman, Dorothy Garlock, Julie Garwood, Joy Fielding, Diane Mott Davidson, Robert Crais, Catherine Coulter, Carol Higgins Clark, Margaret Coel, Stella Cameron, Rhys Bowen, Lisa Black, Mary Higgins Clark, Beverly Barton, Donna Andrews, Susan Wittig Albert, Linda Howard, Jayne Ann Krentz, Margaret Maron, Fern Michaels, Linda Jael Miller, Marcia Muller, Amanda Quick, Nora Roberts, J.D. Robb, Lisa Scottoline.
I trust reviews by Publisher's Weekly, Kirkus Reviews and Library Review since these seem to be objective in nature. I mistrust author blurbs since many write for the same publishers. I like bookreporter reviews as well as those on Book Browse.
The New York Times (especially Janet Maslin) or an author whose writing I already read and doesn't usually write blurbs - John Dunning or Carol O'Connell or Dan Chaon.
Positive blurbs by Anne Lamott, Diane Ackerman, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Barbara Kingslover would influence my interest in a book.
Michael Connelly, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood
James Patterson, Cassandra Clare, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kelley Armstrong
Michael Connelly, Margaret Maron
Jodi Picoult James Patterson
Carol Fitzgerald Nora Roberts a librarian a bookseller
techeditor (aka Elizabeth V)
Washington Post, LA Times, Publisher's Weekly
Denis LeHane, Jo Nesbo, Jodi Picoult, Simon Lelic, Pete Hamill
The Book Reporter Kristen Hannah James Patterson Harlan Coben David Baldacci
Amy Tan Thrity Umrigar Lisa See Kirkus Review, BookBrowse, BookReporter, BookShelf
Dennis Lehane Harlan Coben Lisa Scottline Robert Barclay
James Patterson, Sue Grafton, Anne Rice.
Authors that would influence my book selections are: John Grisham, Dan Brown, George R. R. Martin, Kathryn Stockett, Ken Follett. Publications that would influence my book selections would be: The Bookreporter, New York Times Book review, Wall Street Journal, The Philadelphia Inquirer
With some authors I love, I just get the book the day it comes out. Other times authors, such as Harlan Corban or Patricia Cornwall - whom I love to read - I feel the need to read the blurb. Of course it ends up be intriging enough that I stop what I am currently reading to start this new one. So yes, I love the blurbs - and have actually found new authors just that way.
Romantic Times; Nora Roberts, Robyn Carr, Sherryl Woods and many others. Although I also read the back cover or inside book cover for story description and a lovely picture helps.
My favorite book blurbs are by fictitious people/publications or the author of the book (like Ellen Degeneres on her most recent, Seriously...I'm Kidding). That tells me that it's a funny book and I'm likely to enjoy it!
Timothy Hallinan Stephen King Robert Crais Michael Connelly Louise Penny
James Lee Burke
Pat Conroy, Jane Smiley
It truly does not matter who wrote the blurb. I usually know which books I am going to purchase however, sometimes if the blurb makes the book sound interesting, I will buy the book.
New York Times Book Review
Kathryn Stockett, Audrey Niffenegger
Jonathan Kellerman, have read & loved the Alex Delaware series for years. I respect his work as it is consistently good unlike some other mystery writers who have waned & are unoriginal.
I read several bookish newsletters every week and by far the one I find the most compelling is BookReporter. Every week I find so many titles and authors that HAVE to be added to my "to read" list. I have page after page of books to be read and it does grow every week. Every book that comes from the BookReport reviews has been great. Apparently the reviewers for BookReporter and I have similar tastes.
Chevy Stevens Karin Slaughter Lee Child