Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge, involves taking only five minutes to choose a book cover which appeals instantly. So take a few minutes, pour yourself a coffee…..and have a browse.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. How much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book, is your book cover and book bio up to it?
My Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES….
1) Go to any online book supplier,
2) Randomly choose a category,
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye,
4) Read the book Bio/ Description for this book, and any other details.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
Since the house is about to go up for sale and hopefully we’ll soon be on the move again, I face the daunting task of packing up the accumulated stuff that fills every cupboard, drawer, nook and cranny. I want to be one of those people who don’t feel the need to hang on to everything ‘just in case’. With that in mind I put ‘clutter’ into the search. This cover caught my eye. Love the author’s pen name too!
The book description reads…
This is a short guide to help you clear your clutter, release unwanted stuff, de junk your life and bring abundance in to your life.
Imagine always being able to find what you want, never having to rummage for your keys or your mobile phone again.
Imagine being able to reduce your grocery bill, insurances and general household running costs.
Imagine being able to get rid of things you no longer need and being able to generate cash for your clutter.
This book is a short and simple guide to taming clutter in easy, manageable steps. It describes how to tackle each room and then what to do with the things you no longer need. It also describes how to cope when you live with other people, and especially hoarders. The final chapter shows exactly how de cluttering can put more money in your pocket.
“Someone once said, that only we are responsible for creating our reality. We create our future right here and right now. These are wise words, that should be used in our life. At first this book seems to only be a guide helping us to remove many unnecessary things from our life. I, on the other hand, read it as great advice on how to remove many barriers, that inhibit our development on a mental plane. Prudence, through her life experience, tells us in easy and uncomplicated way, the method for a better life. Reading the book help me realise how many unnecessary things and emotions, accompany us in everyday life and how they can be a weight to preventing the creation of our ideal world. I’m certain that many advices will surprise you, but simplicity of introducing them to your life, will allow you to save time, that is priceless for us.
Additionally think about using these tips to cleanse your emotional realm, and that positions this book as a “must-read” for everyone. “
I love the cover image, the sea and pictures like this are always a hook for me. The idea of walking along that boardwalk is enticing and it’s clean and clutter free, indicating how my life could be. I certainly like the idea of bringing in abundance 🙂 and it would be good to know exactly where everything is. I’d have to buy the book if I wanted to know how to do those things…and reducing bills wouldn’t be a bad thing!
The Kindle price is £0.99/$1.55, but it’s only 35 pages. Two reviews on Amazon UK, one 5* and one 4*, possibly not impartial. No reviews on Amazon US.
The look inside asks a list of questions which, if I answer yes to any, reading the book will be helpful. I answered yes to four out of eleven. Not so bad. There are paragraphs with headings denoting what the first couple of chapters deal with, such as why do you want to de-clutter, everything must earn a place in your life and the de-clutter formula. There’s not really enough to form a good opinion. But, you know what, I think I can do this. Armed with a roll of black bin bags and with my ruthless head on, I’m off to delve into anything and everything with drawers, shelves and doors.
So is it a BUY or PASS? It’s a PASS (unless I have problems deciding what has to go and then I’ll be right back to it!)
No Friday Five Challenge from Rosie today but if you’d like to check out her Romancing September feature please click here
More Friday Five Challenge choices
Shelley has chosen a fun ride in camper van
Liz chooses a poignant memoir
Barb is trying to understand the UK and cooking grouse
Wendy’s choice was a historical romance