Books to Read Sans Synopsis

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and created by Lainey @ Ginger Reads Lainey. You can check out the group’s Goodreads page for this month’s topics!

This week’s theme is books that it’s best to go into blindly. Those few titles you want to recommend without spoiling anything, and just end up describing as vaguely as possible. “No trust me, don’t google it – just read it! You’ll love it, I swear.” These books are usually fantastic if you can read them unspoiled, but even their own back covers can sometimes mar the story within. (How do publishers let that happen?)

Here are five books that I think you should read without a synopsis. Either they spoil the content a little too much or they misrepresent the story enough to make you unhappy with it. Just trust me.

Everything I Never Told You, by Celeste Ng

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Girl with a Pearl Earring, by Tracy Chevalier

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Cathy’s Book, by Jordan Wiseman

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Genesis, by Bernard Beckett

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Deathless, By Catherynne M. Valente

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There you have it! Some of these are genre fiction, and some are not. I’ll not be telling you which is which, because that would spoil the whole point of this post. Have you read any of my choices? Do they coincide with the books you would recommend someone read without a synopsis?

Let me know in the comments below!

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon!

I believe I’ve mentioned before how cool it is to be a part of the book blogging community, but though I’ve done book memes galore and comment when I can, I haven’t quite done a true group activity.

That’s changing from January 1st to 15th, when I’ll be taking part in the Dumbledore’s Army readathon, hosted by Read At Midnight! Sign ups are open during December, so head over there and check out the details if you’re interested.

So, the #DAReadAThon is a Harry Potter themed readathon, focusing on diverse books (especially #ownvoices books). Books read and activities participated in earn you points for the house you sign up with!

Here’s my sign up card:

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And here’s my to-read list for the readathon:

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the-bell-jar

The Bell Jar has been on my to-read list for ages, and it’s definitely an #ownvoices book. I don’t recall ever reading a book in which the main character’s depression is centred upon, and I’m eager to do so.

 

 

 

 

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I haven’t ever read a book with a transgender main character, but this one is an #ownvoices pick – and its supposed to be really good. Looking forward to picking it up!

 

 

 

 

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in-search-of-april-raintree

I’ve had this on my shelf for a while, but haven’t yet read it. Another #ownvoices book, there’s no better time to tackle it than during this readathon!

 

 

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we-should-all-be-feminists

This short ebook is based on my favourite Ted Talk of all time, and I’m really looking forward to seeing it expanded upon.

 

 

 

 

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A former Canada Reads selection, this canlit pick has been sitting on my shelf for far too long! Another #ownvoices pick as well.

 

 

 

 

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the-absolutey-true-diary

I’ve had my eye on this award winner for a very long time. Another #ownvoices pick, this time also a YA title. Right up my alley!

 

 

 

 

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Now it’s time for you to help me out! Comment below to recommend a great #ownvoices pick for me to check out during this readathon!