(It's an interesting exercise for writers ~ it shows the little things that can put potential readers off that click-buy, and it's just quite fun anyway!)
Anyone with a blog can join in ~ here's what you do:
1) Go to any online book supplier
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which instantly appeals
4) Read the book bio/description, and any other details
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple
6) Make an instant decision: would you BUY or PASS?
You can find others' contributions on the #FridayFiveChallenge hashtag on Twitter
This week I put a random word, Oranges, into the Amazon search and this was the first cover that really appealed to me: The Orange Lilies by Nathan Dylan Goodwin. It's a novella, a hundred pages long.
Artistic, subtle, professional, with a World War 1 theme ~ love it!
Morton Farrier has spent his entire career as a forensic genealogist solving other people’s family history secrets, all the while knowing so little of his very own family’s mysterious past. However, this poignant Christmastime novella sees Morton’s skills put to use much closer to home, as he must confront his own past, present and future through events both present-day and one hundred years ago. It seems that not every soldier saw a truce on the Western Front that 1914 Christmas… This Morton Farrier novella follows on from book two in the series - The Lost Ancestor.
36 - 28 of them are 5*. The rest are all 4*.
Would I BUY or PASS?
BUY! It's a bit expensive for a novella of 100 pages, but not excessively so. Its only potential downside is that it follows on from a previous book, but I suspect it might read fine on its own and this only made me waver a little. The review situation is most reassuring; if a book has 36 reviews without even a 3* 'it's okay', chances are it's pretty good. I love the theme; the first World War and a hint of time-slip - two of my favourites! About which I'm pleased, as I haven't found a buy since week one.
I love the Friday Five Challenge; three cheers to Rosie for thinking of it, and please do join in if you have a blog and the idea appeals to you. Just copy and paste the instructions at the top, and stick the #hashtag on when you post it on Twitter - or tag me or Rosie in it (@rosieamber1 @TerryTyler4)