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I almost didn't make it here today! It's been an insanely busy week that's going to continue into today. Life This week has been a combination of busy at work and busy at home. The kids did not have school on Monday, which is also typically my busiest day at work. So when Monday ended, I felt as if I sucked at both life and work. The rest of the week was better - at least I was able to keep work and life separate.  This weekend just happens to be one of those when I have so much to do - thanks to the many tasks and chores deferred from previous days/weekends. We were getting quotes for some home improvement projects, had to start prepping rooms for my parents' arrival next month (mainly because I still haven't moved my daughter's online school materials out of the room from the Fall school year), and do lots of seasonal shopping. If it weren't going to be constantly raining this entire weekend, I would be prepping my garden beds as well, but now that needs t

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?


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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!