Of all the promo posts that I see around the blogosphere, Extract posts are the ones I have least interest in. I rarely click in to them and if I do, I tend to just glance at the book info and leave without reading the extract. Am I alone in this?
I know promo posts are a turn off for lots of people but I enjoy knowing what new books are coming up next. Cover reveals always catch my eye as I’m a cover junkie, I love looking at them and considering how well they match the title and synopsis. And I’ll happily spend a few minutes checking this post out and feasting my eyes on the cover.
If it’s a book I’m potentially interested in, then reviews attached to promo posts get my attention to. Especially when I know the blogger and have an idea of how similar or otherwise our reading tastes are. This is the way most new books find their way on to-be-read queue.
But book extracts? These I skip over. I have no interest in reading one page of a book out of context. I’d rather just read the GoodReads synopsis. I know it gives an impression of the authors writing style but I just can’t force myself to read them. If I think I’m interested in a book what I will do download a sample from Amazon. At least that way, I know I’m starting the book logically on the first page and not just reading a random page. Maybe I’m a bit OCD about this but I like to do things in order!
Things I would rather do instead of reading book extracts:
– Read the first line from the book or even the first paragraph – this gives me a better feel and I can often tell from that if a book is for me or not. I’m not always right but first impressions do count.
– Read a few sample quotes. I’m a quote hunter and gatherer. A few short quotes are much more appealing than a long out of context extract.
– Read a quick character interview – with an emphasis on quick. Not endless dialogue, just something short and snappy to give me a glimpse at the characters personality
– Find out what the cover symbolises. Again I’m showing my cover lover tendencies but this will show me more about the book than an extract that I won’t read. Even if it’s a stock photo, the author/publisher must have had a reason for choosing it and I’d like to hear about that.
– A glimpse at the authors mood board, any images or pictures that they found inspiring while writing the book
– A quirky feature related to the book theme. I loved all the promos for Taste the Heat by Rachel Harris where bloggers shared their favourite recipe. It was fun and memorable. Tasty too as I ended up cooking two of them!
– Go for a tooth extraction. Nah, not really, but it sounds about as much fun as reading a book extract!
Bookish Chat: So what do you think? Do you read book extracts? What are your feelings on them? What do you think of my alternatives?