#FridayFiveChallenge

This fun feature is a mini workshop invented by Rosie Amber. We look at book covers just from their thumbnail pictures at online selling book sites and make quick fire buying decisions. We look from a READERS Point of View and this exercise is very EYE OPENING.

To join in with the #FridayFiveChallenge please read the rules at the bottom of the page. 

cat coff

My choice today was brought to my attention by a retweet which Olga posted yesterday.

Match Me US

I love hearts, especially fabric ones and pink and grey go so well together.  The cover works perfectly with the title so let’s look on Amazon.  But what a surprise, the cover on AmazonUK is different.

MatchUK

The UK version is like so many other books and boring.  The tagline What if Mr Right is just a click away?  is so hackneyed.  On the US edition Ever thought about recycling your Ex? is at least amusing.  Perhaps I live in the wrong country?

So what is the storyline?

Ever thought about recycling your Ex?
Best friends Catherine, Rachel & Sarah are fun, smart, successful and single – just like millions of women with a low tolerance for idiocy in their dates.
Mr. Right hasn’t turned up yet, and Mr. Right-Now isn’t worth booking a wax appointment for. So when Catherine, London’s finest matchmaker, gets Rachel and Sarah to join her dating site where they can recycle their ex-boyfriends in exchange for an upgrade, they soon realize that anything could happen . . .
Three best friends, proving that sometimes it really isn’t you… it’s him.

A book about three women once again, but with a touch of humour.  The 8 reviewers have given an average 4.7 stars but the comments aren’t encouraging.

Switch off your critical faculties for this one as the unbelievability quotient is high, but it is a fast and fun easy rom-com read for when you need utterly mindless entertainment.

A perfect read for someone stuck in bed with flu and needing a dose of pure escapism and entertainment. I’m not too sure how believable the plot’s premise that ex couples would join a dating agency together is, though it does serve well to introduce some of the characters more thoroughly.  One to suspend disbelief and simply enjoy.

So shall I BUY or will I PASS?

The kindle version is only £1.99 but this book is not for me so I will PASS but I’d love to have the pink and grey heart so if I was in an airport in the US I might have bought it.

What have others chosen this week?

Rosie is trying to move out of her comfort Zone by looking at Sci-Fi

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2016/01/15/todays-fridayfivechallenge-do-androids-dream-of-electric-sheep-by-philip-k-dick/

Cathy is dashing through the snow

http://betweenthelinesbookblog.com/2016/01/15/fridayfivechallenge-dashing-through-the-snow-by-debbie-macomber-rosieamber1-romcom/

Shelley has found a funny touching story on the theme of radio

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2016/01/15/would-you-buy-or-pass-fat-chance-by-nick-spalding-fridayfivechallenge/

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?

Rosie’s 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 appeal.

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?

 

#FridayFiveChallenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

cat coff

To join in read the rules at the bottom.

Last week I searched for books about Time Management.  This week I looked in fiction using the word Time.  Immediately I came across a list of the obvious cliches.  After Time and Time Again by Ben Elton, was Only  time will tell by Jeffrey Archer.  Then I found a more intriguing selection;

2time4time

5time3time

But I was finally drawn to

stitch

The first in a series, here is the Book Description

A stitch in time saves nine …or does it?
Sarah Yates is a thirty-something history teacher, divorced, disillusioned and desperate to have more excitement in her life. Making all her dreams come true seems about as likely as climbing Everest in stilettos.

Then one evening the doorbell rings and the handsome and mysterious John Needler brings more excitement than Sarah could ever have imagined. John wants Sarah to go back in time …

Sarah is whisked from the Sheffield Blitz to the suffragette movement in London to the Old American West, trying to make sure people find their happy endings. The only question is, will she ever be able to find hers?

The reviewers have given a range of stars but 74 of them are 5 star.  The reviews do make it sound like an enjoyable read

The slices of historical life during Sarah’s time travels are beautifully done, a brilliant reinterpretation of life-changing events, wonderfully entertaining and constantly tongue-in-cheek seen through Sarah’s modern eyes.

A really unusual and gripping read. I absolutely loved it and would highly recommend it whether you like time travel or not. It is so different from anything I have ever read. 

At £2.63 it’s an acceptable Kindle price. Shall I BUY or will I PASS? I’m going to BUY.

What have others chosen this week?

Cathy has chosen a paranormal thriller https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/friday-five-challenge-7/comment-page-1/#comment-2433

Terry is looking behind the curtains http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/would-you-buy-or-pass-13.html

Shelley needs financial guidance! http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/08/21/buy-or-pass-show-me-the-money-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-649

Rosie was drawn to a song she remembers well https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/would-you-buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-waiting-for-a-star-to-fall-by-elaine-cremin/

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?

Rosie’s 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?

#FridayFiveChallenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

cat coff

To join in read the rules at the bottom.

I decided to search Kindle fiction using the word Algarve as I won’t be back there till the end of September and I am getting withdrawal symptoms.  There were two books called The Algarve Affair which didn’t appeal because the title is just too obvious but I was intrigued with this cover picture and the simple title Vanished

Mota

Book Description

Oliver de Reece is a 34 year old, rich, spoiled, formula 1 test driver. One year ago, he suffered a bad car crash, which left him unable to walk for several months. While recovering at his parents’ stately home, he becomes intrigued and falls in love with the new governess, Michelle Mason, who was hired to look after Oliver’s much younger half-brother and half-sister, the younger children of his father’s second marriage. Michelle is beautiful, intelligent but puzzling, strange, secretive and overqualified for the job. What is she hiding? Why is she there? Is she really who she claims to be? Slowly, Oliver uncovers the mysterious layers of Michelle’s life! What he finds deeply shocks him but, before he can act, Michelle vanishes without a trace.

This sounds rather predictable, the sort of serial you might read in a women’s magazine but I’m still interested so I looked briefly inside.  The book starts with an incident on a beach in the Algarve when Oliver was 15.  He saved a girl’s life but he never saw her again.  Now I really do want to know more.  Unfortunately there is only one review though it is 5 star. The author M G da Mota has written two other books which also have only 1 or 2 reviews but maybe she’s not making enough use of social media?  She is a well travelled lady who writes reviews of opera and classical music for two magazines on the web.

So will I BUY or PASS?  I’ll BUY

What have others chosen this week?

Alison turned to an historical novel about a French princess https://alisonwilliamswriting.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/fridayfivechallenge-isabella-braveheart-of-france-by-colin-falconer-rosieamber1/

Cathy looked at Amazon’s selections for her and found a book about Christmas! https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/friday-five-challenge-buyorpass-christmas-spirit-by-susan-buchanan-fridayfivechallenge/

Barb has found a delightful children’s book  http://barbtaub.com/2015/08/07/buy-or-pass-dog-days-of-summer-and-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/

I thought Rosie had also chosen a children’s book from the cover but it’s actually adult humour https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/08/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-the-curious-incident-of-the-dog-in-a-nightdress-by-ross-ocarroll-kelly/

Terry has found some beauty secrets for those of us who are over 50   http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/would-you-buy-or-pass-11.html

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?

Rosie’s 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?

Friday Five Challenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

cat coff

To join in read the rules at the bottom.

This week I tried searching for books using the keyword Mystery.  It gave disappointing results including bizarrely Cross Stitch Patterns for Starters!

So I tried again using the word  Sea.  This time a more interesting, if rather predictable selection appeared.  None appealed until I spotted this cover

Seasick

Once I started to read the blurb I realised this book was outside my comfort zone.  Seasick by Iain Robb Wright is described as a novel of horror and suspense.  

Jack is about to board The Spirit of Kirkpatrick, a cruise liner built for relaxation and fun. Pretty soon, however, Jack is going to realize that a little fun in the sun is the last thing he’s going to get. There’s a virus onboard and it’s turning people insane.

So far so good but…

It won’t be long before the entire ship is overrun with blood and death — and there is nowhere to escape in the middle of the sea. Nowhere to run.

To add to the intrigue there’s an element of groundhog day and zombies!

There are eighty five 4 and 5 star reviews and 14 with 3,2 or 1 star.  One reviewer comments,

There’s all the classic ingredients of a terrific horror novel; we have copious amounts of blood-shed in gory, living colour and colourful, complex characters who never turn out to be quite what they seem and a fantastic ending which the reader will never see coming. 

Another says,

A few grammatical and spelling errors, and the last few chapters could certainly do with being re-edited – there is no plural ‘women’ in the book – each time it says ‘woman’ and this gets irritating.  We don’t find enough out about the virus and what caused/created/released it, or why, only assumptions. I figured out how the story was going to have to end, although I was secretly hoping for a different way

I think many people would really enjoy this book but I’m afraid the copious amounts of bloodshed mean that I will PASS

Now a recap on a book I looked at two weeks ago and decided to BUY

Snapped

Written several years ago it is a relaxing holiday read with a murder mystery to solve. Artist/photographer Rose Tremain is an intrepid investigator living in a beautiful setting. The other characters were unconvincing and time changes within chapters confusing, but I would read another of Rose’s adventures if I could borrow it from the Library.

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?

Rosie’s 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?

For other Friday Five Choices 

Cathy has chosen a book set in 1953

 https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/friday-five-challenge-5/

Rosie is baking with Paul Hollywood!

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/would-you-buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-how-to-bake-by-paulhollywood/

Shelley has found a mystery story about an abandoned baby

http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/31/buy-or-pass-an-anniversary-post-for-the-fridayfivechallenge/

Terry has found a family saga set in wartime Poland

http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-10.html?spref=tw

Friday Five Challenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)

cat coff

To join in read the rules at the bottom.

As I am going to Cornwall next week I remembered enjoying my first Rosamunde Pilcher book after finding it in a house we were renting, so this week I searched for books using the word Cornwall.  Amongst the travel guides and books by Patricia Cornwell I found several books by Janie Bolitho about a sleuth called Rose Trevelyan.  The books are newly issued but Jane Bolitho died, aged 52, in 2002.  Book one in the Rose Trevelyan series is Snapped in Cornwall.

Snapped

The book description is as follows:-

Rose Trevelyan had only met Gabrielle Milton once, but felt they might become good friends. She was delighted, therefore, to receive an invitation to the Milton’s party where the wine flowed freely and a good time was being had by all – that is, until Gabrielle’s crumpled, lifeless body was found underneath a balcony.

There are ten 5 star and five 4 star reviews, all seeming to enjoy the mystery and touch of romance and this quote makes it sound ideal holiday reading,

The beauty of Cornwall and the capricious nature of its weather are wonderfully evoked and the characters are people you would expect to meet in any small town.

So for a bargain 99p for the kindle I am downloading it now!

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?

Rosie’s 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?

 For other Friday Five Choices:-

Shelley chose Steampunk  http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/17/buy-or-pass-time-to-put-steampunk-through-the-fridayfivechallenge/

Rosie found a book about Zara Fitzgerald  https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/would-you-buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-z-a-novel-of-zelda-fitzgerald-by-theresefowler/

Cathy was drawn to an unusual cover picture in the travel section  https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-five-challenge-a-la-mod-by-ian-moore/

Terry went looking for an August holiday read  http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-8.html?spref=tw

Friday Five Challenge

Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
(Original idea from Rosie Amber at https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/)cat 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:-

https://rosieamber.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/would-you-buy-or-pass-fridayfivechallenge-handbags-and-poobags-by-alice-wright/

BUY or PASS? Goodreads Provides a Winner for #FridayFiveChallenge

https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/friday-five-challenge-3/

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

Friday Five Challenge

Rosie's Book Review team 1

Rosie Amber has set a really intriguing challenge which tests out the importance (or not) of an eye-catching or appealing cover

 The Friday Five Challenge

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 accepted the challenge and searched in the History section of Amazon.co.uk.  I ignored the suggested titles but scanned the general list.  Many books from the History section seem to have very uninviting covers even though I would probably enjoy the content.  Eventually I was tempted by this picture

Deryn Lake

The Tudor style dress with its pattern picked out as border motif drew me in, but I was glad that the lady’s face was not shown.  I like to imagine the characters from the author’s description.  I was a little suspicious as covers of this type are often used for rather light-weight historical romances so would the content be realistic?

The book’s description begins well, “A time of intrigue and chaos, with a country ruled by a cruel and determined monarch,” and cleverly mentions four Seymour children of Wolff Hall.  The price of £2.99 is acceptable.

There are only 3 reviews with an average four and a half stars.  One mentions that, “The author weaves fact and fiction together with magic,” which sounds inviting but I would not usually choose any ebook without a “Look Inside” at the text so that is what I did.  Well written prose sets the scene of Henry VIII’s first interest in Jane Seymour which is appealing.  However I have never heard of Deryn Lake, so I took a quick look at Goodreads where I discovered the author had written many other books.  I think I cheated on the five minute rule and took about 8 minutes!

Overall I have decided to put this book on my wish list although I may choose another of her books to try first.  Thank you Rosie for suggesting a new way for looking at unknown books!