Welcome to Thoughts for Thursday! This feature is our outlet to talk with you about whatever we currently have on our minds. It might be bookish, it might not! Now for this week's thought:
I do not read synopses.
So I’ve realized I have this little problem where I don't read the synopsis of a book before I start reading it. If I read synopses at all, it’s usually right as I add a book to my TBR , which can be a while before I actually read it. And to be honest, I more often than not just skim the damn thing and then forget about it.
So how the hell do I know what I'm about to read? Well, I am just realizing that I generally haven't a clue. Granted, I will typically have some vague sense of what I’m getting into. Like, I’ll normally know what genre the book falls under and if my reader friends are liking it or not. And sometimes I'll know the broader subject matter if I pick it up in reviews I read. But really, that's pretty much it.
Do you know how many times I’ve started reading a book only to find out that it’s not about what I thought it was going to be about at all? Let's just say, a lot. Because you wanna know what’s worse than my absolute disregard for synopses? My mind totally fabricates what the story is about! I will make these totally unsubstantiated assumptions just by looking at the cover and hearing things around the blogosphere. Now, I am not wrong all the time, but I am wrong quite a lot. Why, this book is about fairies, of course! Wait, what? It's about aliens?! *facepalm*
OR, I’ll pick up a book expecting it to be YA, only to be surprised to find out that it is NA or Adult. This lapse is a fun one though because this revelation always comes at the first sex scene and until that point I am left guessing how many times it is ok to say erection or penis in YA before it’s not YA anymore. But COME ON. If I don’t read synopses I sure as hell am not going to look at the age range it’s classified under.
So I guess what I am saying is that I pick my books based on random whims and blind faith and just dive right in. And more often than not I set myself up for a surprise. Why not just start reading synopses, you ask? For several
- I am lazy
- I am rarely on my computer so I am forced to rely on the Goodreads iPhone App to search for books
- The Goodreads iPhone App sucks
- I am anxious to just start the book already
- Did I mention I am lazy?
- I enjoy the books about the same regardless
Sometimes I will have to go back and read a synopsis after I’ve started a book because I have no idea WTF is happening without some baseline. But generally I just don’t read them.
Anyone else have this problem? What do you do with synopses?