Blurb or Paragraph #3

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RULES:

Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Copy the first paragraph from the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

The Lazarus Child by Robert Mawson 

The Lazarus Child

Synopsis:

It takes just an instant for a family’s life to be changed forever. Now, seven-year-old Frankie Heywood lies in a coma. The experts are telling her parents there is no hope. Their son is slipping away emotionally. And the Heywoods–their marriage already strained to the breaking point–are desperate. They have one last chance.

Dr. Elizabeth Chase is a brilliant neurologist who has dedicated her life to coaxing children back from the darkness. Her work is unconventional, controversial–and some say illegal. But the Heywoods have put their trust in her. They are convinced their daughter is waiting just beyond their reach. And they believe Dr. Chase is the miracle worker who can throw Frankie the lifeline that will lead their child back to them. But not even miracles occur without a price.

First Paragraph:

At twelve years old, Ben Heywood did not think it fair that he should have to witness the death of his younger sister at such close quarters. Yet at the instant of its happening, he also knew that having to witness it was part of the punishment.

Verdict:

This is a book I have had for I’m not even sure how long and just never seem to get round to reading, it’s one that whenever I see it I think ‘I really need to put this somewhere I see more often, that way I will definitely get round to reading it’. No luck so far. For this, I think I will have to go with the Blurb, although I do really like the first paragraph as I think it is a quite strong opening especially bringing up watching the death of his sister as it’s only two sentences the blurb brings so much more intrigue. It is a book that sounds like it could be quite a hard read or maybe emotionally taxing one but I will get round to it someday!

What do you vote? Does either want to make you add it to your TBR? Let me know!

Blurb or Paragraph #2

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RULES:

Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Copy the first paragraph from the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

Book Book by Fiona Farrell

Book Book

Synopsis:

As war is waged in the Middle East, a woman in New Zealand has her nose in a book. Kate is immersed in other battles, engrossed in eyewitness accounts of an earlier war in ancient Persia. She has grown up, left her Otago home and returned, and in all these years books have shaped her life and made sense of the world – offering mystery and solace, entertainment and enlightenment. In an evocative and moving mix of memoir and fiction, award-winning novelist Fiona Farrell writes of life from The Little Red Hen to Owls Do Cry, from T.S. Eliot to Aphra Behn. Frequently funny, always original, Book Book is another extraordinary offering from the author of The Hopeful Traveller.

First Paragraph:

Xenophon was distressed as well as the other Greeks, and unable to rest but having at length got a little sleep, he had a dream in that, in the midst of a thunderstorm, a bolt seemed to him to fall upon his father’s house, and the house, in consequence, became all in a blaze. ‘Being greatly frightened, he immediately awoke and considered his dream as in one respect favourable (inasmuch as being in troubles and dangers, he seemed to behold a great light from Jupiter) but in another respect he was alarmed (because the dream appeared to him to be from Jupiter who was a king, and the fire to blaze all around him) lest he should be unable to escape from the king’s territories, but should be hemmed in on all sides by inextricable difficulties.

Verdict:

This is a book a got in a random lot I bought online (I would highly recommend doing this, it’s way too much fun getting a box of random books and seeing what you get!) What first interested me about the book was the name ‘Book Book’ but onto the blurb vs paragraph.

For this, I think I’m going to have to go with the Paragraph. The blurb itself is intriguing and to be honest the first paragraph seems to go off in a whole other direction but it is making me want to keep reading. I think at this point it’s the mystery of how this ties into the rest of the book that is making it the winner today!

What do you vote? Does either want to make you add it to your TBR? Let me know!

 

Blurb or Paragraph? #1

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So today I thought I would try something different and look at a book I haven’t read and see what makes me want to read it more…. The blurb or paragraph!

RULES:

Pick a book on your TBR that you haven’t read.

Copy the blurb from Goodreads or Amazon

Pick a random paragraph from anywhere in the book

Vote on what makes you want to read it more blurb or paragraph!

The book I have chosen today is… 

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf

The Weight of Silence

Synopsis

It happens quietly one August morning. As dawn’s shimmering light drenches the humid Iowa air, two families awaken to find their little girls have gone missing in the night.

Seven-year-old Calli Clark is sweet, gentle, a dreamer who suffers from selective mutism brought on by tragedy that pulled her deep into silence as a toddler.

Calli’s mother, Antonia, tried to be the best mother she could within the confines of marriage to a mostly absent, often angry husband. Now, though she denies that her husband could be involved in the possible abductions, she fears her decision to stay in her marriage has cost her more than her daughter’s voice.

Petra Gregory is Calli’s best friend, her soul mate and her voice. But neither Petra nor Calli has been heard from since their disappearance was discovered. Desperate to find his child, Martin Gregory is forced to confront a side of himself he did not know existed beneath his intellectual, professorial demeanor.

Now these families are tied by the question of what happened to their children. And the answer is trapped in the silence of unspoken family secrets.

Paragraph

Callie had traveled deeper into the forest, beyond any spot she had been before. She was lost, the fawn had long since left to join it’s mother. Calli wandered around, trying to get her bearings. The trees here were thick and shielded the sun’s rays from her though the air remained steamy, heavy with moisture.

Verdict:

Okay so for this one I can easily say its the blurb that really makes me want to pick up the book. Perhaps I haven’t chosen an interesting enough paragraph but I basically opened up the book and went with the first one that I saw. Not that the writing doesn’t seem good but there is so much mystery in that synopsis and I’m way to nosy!

Blurb: 1                             Paragraph: 0

How would you vote??