Friday Five Challenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at coff

To join in read the rules at the bottom.

Today I searched for a book under the topic of Surrey.  In the books category I was offered a very dull selection of travel and history books which looked as though they had sat on the shelves for some considerable time.  Clicking to Kindles I was offered a more lively selection including The Surrey Strangler but disappointed to discover that this was set, not in southern England but across the pond, I moved on.  Suddenly I spotted the name Gillian Tindall whose name was familiar to me from reading The House by the Thames which tells the history of a 450 year old house still standing near to The Globe Theatre. This more recent book is called Three Houses, Many Lives.

3 houses

On this occasion Gillian Tindall looks at three houses A Cotswold vicarage, a former girls’ boarding school in Surrey and a Jacobean house now buried in inner London in which she personally has lived.  According to the description, “these three houses represent the changing face of England over four centuries through the lives of the many people who lived in them.”

There are six customer reviews giving 4 or 5 stars, two giving 3 and one 2 star.  Those with reservations feel too much time is spent describing Miss Tindall’s research and preferred reading her personal recollections.  Peeping briefly into the book I was intrigued by paragraph headings such as Bombs and fantasies and Passionate Hornsey.

This book is clearly of interest to social historians and those who enjoy family history research and that’s definitely me so will I BUY or will I PASS?  I’ll BUY.

So now it’s your turn.

Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.

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?

Some other Friday Five Challenges to look at today:-

BUY or PASS? Goodreads Provides a Winner for #FridayFiveChallenge

Cold, cold, cold, oh, please… #FridayFiveChallenge from @rosieamber1

Published by lizannelloyd

Love history, reading, researching and writing. Articles published in My Family History and other genealogy magazines.

8 thoughts on “Friday Five Challenge

  1. I’m interested in this book too, love books about the past and I have relatives in the Cotswolds and I don’t live too far from Surrey, book cover is enticing.


  2. This isn’t the sort of book I’d usually even look at but I have to admit I am intrigued which shows that the #FFC is another successful way of spreading the word on books! Thanks for sharing Liz 🙂

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