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By the time this post is published, we will all be back home, but right this moment, as I type this up, we are enjoying our last day at Daufuskie, a secluded island near Hilton Head, SC and Savannah, GA. We were lucky to score a cottage (without having to break the bank) with front-row access to the beach, something that has always been on my bucket list and that I was thrilled to cross off.  This week has been very refreshing and just what I needed - a getaway, a break from it all, a retreat with family with no thoughts of work, to-do lists, and chores getting in the way. The island sure runs on its own time. The streetlights aren't turned ON at night to avoid attracting turtles too far from their ideal nesting place. There's the alligator crossing time at night when they go from pond to pond visiting friends (and hence tourists are advised to stay home when it's dark). There are very few cars - instead the preferred mode of transportation is via golf carts, which can go o

Booking Through Thursday -- Flapper? Or not a flapper?

Booking Through Thursday

This meme is hosted at Booking Through Thursday.

Suggested by Prairie Progressive:
Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

Wow! First, I should say, I enjoyed the use of the word "flapper" here. I am not aware if it is frequently used in the book community to mean someone who reads the flap before or while reading the book. But it does seem a good definition here. I like its original meaning too! :)

I am a flapper! I read the book blurbs always before starting the book. I add a book to my TBR only if it sounds like something I would read. Honestly writing, most books (maybe all) have interesting blurbs, so most of them do get added to my TBR list. The only kind of books that usually don't are books of genre I don't read, like Harlequin romance, some romantic suspense, and a lot of non-fiction (barring topics I am interested in and memoirs or biographies).

Sometimes, I even read the flaps while reading, to ensure that the blurb is consistent with the story so far. I always did find them consistent, till recently, when I came across a book whose flap wasn't entirely consistent. i don't want to name the book, since I don't want that book to be a discussion topic. But believe me, it infuriated me. Considering that the blurbs should be interesting and suspenseful so as to interest the readers, I guess a small amount of liberty can be taken while writing the blurb. But inventing a total un-happening? That is, something that doesn't happen at all in the book? Now that's annoying! it especially annoys me since that is one of the criteria I use to decide if I want to read a book.

What about you? Are you a flapper or not? If you are, do you always cross-check whether it is in tune with the plot?


To see more answers to this week's question, visit the BTT blog.

Comments

I am a flapper as well. I don't like reading prologues for some reason though..LOL
Stephanie said…
I try not to -- they often give too much away.
Jennifer said…
I find too much is given away. My answer: http://www.rundpinne.com/2010/01/booking-through-thursday-14-january.html
Jeane said…
Sometimes I read the flaps after I'm done, just to see if they match up with what's really inside the book or not. It can be an interesting comparison!
That's how I decide if I'm going to buy it. I like the flaps.
Aleksandra said…
I'm a flapper, too! That's how I choose the books, too!