I have mixed feelings on reading jacket flaps and back-cover-blurbs-and-summaries. On the one hand, they can "sell" a book (either in a store or a library) by sounding tempting and promising. They can raise and lower expectations. If they're accurate, they can help convey tone. They offer just a taste of what the book offers the reader. But. They can also be inaccurate. They can give too much away. They can give books the wrong spin. They can emphasize unimportant things at the cost of capturing what a book is *really* about. They can be too ego-boosting if they use words like "instant classic" and "timeless" and "unforgettable." And any time you need a jacket flap to tell you that the writer is "compelling" or "engrossing" or "lyrical" well, it makes me a bit skeptical. I like to decide that for myself.
Suggested by Prairie Progressive:
Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?
So in a way I prefer to let the book speak for itself. To judge a book's appeal based on the first few pages, the first few paragraphs, that all-important first sentence. So while I may read the flap at some point, I rarely let it factor into my decision-making.
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