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Top 5 Wednesday: Skip the Book Synopsis


Hello and welcome to my Top 5 Wednesday post!

T5W is a weekly meme is hosted by Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes.  You can visit the Goodreads T5W group for more info.


This week’s theme is…

September 13th: Books to Read without the Synopsis
–We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.

Let’s get right into it, shall we?


» The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood


This ended being such a sweet read.  The cover makes it look like this is a middle grade read, but it is actually an adult book.  It gave me similar feels as A Man Called Ove, so if you read and enjoyed that book, you’d probably enjoy this one too.  I highly encourage you NOT to read the book description, as I feel it includes a HUGE spoiler.  I actually didn’t not read the book description before going into this book, and I am so happy I went in blind.

You can read my review here → Book Review: The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

» Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Counting By 7

This was such a unique and heartwarming read.  Quirky characters are my absolute favorite, so Willow Chance is a new favorite.  This is another book that gave me A Man Called Ove vibes but I’d also recommend it to fans of The One-in-a-Million Boy, and even Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.  This is one of those books where there isn’t much going on plot wise, but it’s more about the characters and relationships.  Again, I recommend NOT reading the synopsis for this one as I feel it includes a spoiler.

» The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis


This was a very unique post apocalyptic book and unlike any I had ever read before.  If you think the post apocalyptic genre has been way overdone, then I would encourage you to pick up The Wolf Road and let Beth Lewis change your mind.  The book description for this one doesn’t necessarily include any spoilers, BUT this is one of those books that is just better to go into without any details.  Buckle up for a wild ride!

You can read my review here → Book Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

» The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker


The Animators is one of my top reads of 2017.  This book is so much more than I was anticipating.  I was anticipating a light hearted contemporary novel with friendship being a central theme.  While friendship is a major theme, The Animators is NOT a light hearted read.  It is very gritty and raw… definitely more of a darker novel.  The book description of this novel does not necessarily include spoilers nor is it exactly misleading, but it doesn’t necessarily do the book justice either.  Skip the book description and start reading!

» The Good Girl by Mary Kubica


I think suspense/thriller books are best gone into blind in general, so I thought I would share one of my favorite thriller books that I’ve read in 2017.  If you tell me that you saw the twist at the very end coming, you are a dirty liar!


 Which books do you think include spoilers in the synopsis?

Which books are best to go into blind?

Do you ever skip reading the book synopsis?

Comment below and let me know 🙂

*Feel free to link to your own T5W

16 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Skip the Book Synopsis”

  1. Okay…you have me VERY intrigued about The Animators, Amanda, ahah. The cover looks a little weird, so…that just makes me more curious 😂 The One In a Million Boy does look like a MG novel, but oh, I love this cover, it is so pretty! Sometimes, it’s definitely better to go into a book completely blind…sometimes synopsis give out spoilers already and it’s so annoying. It’s harder and harder to do this, though, when everyone is talking about tons of books in the book community. Sometimes, synopsis and spoilers just come to us 😂
    Lovely post! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Marie! I LOVED The Animators! So much more than it appears. It is definitely NOT a light hearted or happy read lol
      The One-in-the-Million Boy is a wonderful little book as well. I really wish both of these books would receive more hype as they are included in my top reads of 2016 & 2017.

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  2. Such a great theme this week! I have actually recently decided not to read the blurbs before starting a title because lately a lot of them seem to include spoilers that ruin the reading experience. I still skimread them before I decide to add them to my Goodreads wishlist, but never before actually reading it like I used to.

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      1. I tend to do the same! But in general I like the surprise of diving into a new story and world without knowing the exact details.


    1. With blurbs, less is more. I guess it is probably easier said than done. Blurb writers have to make the blurb enticing enough to get you to pick up the book and read it, but vague enough so as not to spoil it…. I doubt I could do it lol


  3. You nailed it with The Animators. I was expecting something totally different after reading the synopsis for that one. It is one of my 2017 favorites as well. I also loved The One-in-a-Million Boy but I need to refresh myself on the potential spoiler in the synopsis!

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    1. Wow! I am just happy to have found someone who has read both The Animators & The One-in-a-Million Boy!!

      So the spoiler in TOiaMB has to do with the boy… I think they should have omitted any details about the boy… It is really hard not to just come out and say what I’m talking about lol Basically, I read this book without reading the synopsis, so imagine my surprise when I learn about the boy almost immediately in the book…. it through me for a loop and broke my heart.


  4. It makes me so happy to see so many of my friends participating in this particular T5W! I feel like many more people than usual are participating for this topic.

    There are so many books which include spoilers in the synopsis, sadly. Books I think people should go in blind to are Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Ender’s Game and The Girl with All The Gifts. I’m sure there are others which should be noted, too! I feel like they are often too revealing.

    I don’t often read synopses if people are recommending books to me– but I do read them if I’m at the library and hunting for something new. So, I do skip reading them sometimes?

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    1. Oooo Aristotle and Dante is a great book to go into blind! Nice call with that one.
      I’ve never read Ender’s Game and have no idea what it is about, but know it has lots of positive hype so I’ll go in blind if I ever give it a go.

      If a book has lots of positive reviews & hype, I usually do NOT read the synopsis. For example, I just read Exit West without having any idea what it was about. If a book has more mixed reviews or is more controversial, I’ll read the synopsis.

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      1. Thanks!

        I don’t know if you’d like Ender’s Game, honestly. It’s YA science fiction. It was originally written and published as a short story and is intended as a prequel to the series. But, if you ever want some sci-fi, I would love to see what you think of it.

        That’s an interesting perspective. I actually choose NOT to read the synopsis if a book is controversial, because I don’t want the synopsis to persuade me. I have definitely had that happen before. O_o


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