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?
I hadn’t even decided what to put in the search box when this cover made me look twice. I’m not sure about instant appeal but it made me look so I suppose that counts.
The book description reads…
From the Number One Best-selling author of No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday – a brand new novel by Tracy Bloom
Praise for No-One Ever Has Sex on a Tuesday:
“This hilarious book will sweep you up in its sheer brilliance” Marie Claire
“Does the rest of the story live up to the racy title? Yes!” New! Magazine
“A deft and witty comedy of manners” Sunday Mirror
Ben and Katy haven’t had sex since Ben found out about her one-night stand with her childhood sweetheart, Matthew.
Not only that but the arrival of a new-born baby has blown their relationship apart like a hand grenade.
Drastic measures are required, so they swap roles hoping that everyone will be happier… Only it’s not as easy as they thought. When a desperate Ben starts secretly accepting help to solve his childcare disasters – from Matthew’s wife – it could mean the end of everything. Can their relationship survive the lies and suspicions and will they ever have sex again?
And the tag line is A Brand New Very Funny Romantic Novel
The Kindle price is £1.99/$3.02 for 337 pages.
This book was only published in late June and already it has 173 reviews with an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. 89 reviewers have awarded 5* and there are 40 4*, the rest are fairly evenly spread over the lower ratings. Just 6 reviews on Amazon.com, all but one are 5*.
This is a follow-up to No-one Ever Has Sex On A Tuesday and is the continuing saga of Katy and Ben and their tangles lives. One reviewer mentions it can be read as a stand alone as all the relevant information is added. The cover gives the impression of a humorous read and leaves no doubt as to what the story revolves around, although it’s the lack of rather than anything else, but it does the job.
Humour is very subjective so it’s not surprising there’s a good mixture of reviews. A lot more people find it amusing than not, so that’s a good indication. There are a lot of comments such as ‘funniest book I’ve read’ and ‘laugh out loud comedy’ but, honestly, the blurb doesn’t do much for me. I already have Seven Years Bad Sex by Nicky Wells waiting on my Kindle, which is flagged as a romantic comedy involving rock stars. This may be one I’d look at again but for the moment…
Would I BUY or PASS? I’ll PASS.
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 searched for happy books
Liz went way back in history to Hatshepsut
Alison searched for birthday and found something unsettling