You know what one of my favorite things in the world is?
Picking up a book that you don’t really know that much about — maybe you got a recommendation from a friend or just saw it around a lot but you really didn’t read the description or know much about it — and your mind being ABSOLUTELY BLOWN.
That’s happened a few times this year and two of these books ended up on my favorites of 2012.
1) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund. My dear friend Anna texted me and said READ THIS BOOK and so I did. I literally, in full definition of that word, had NO IDEA what that book was about. It could have been about flying monkeys flinging their poop at humans and I would have not even known. I just found myself so blown away by this book truly.
2) The other book this happened with was Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. I picked it up on a whim after getting it for review and obviously knew it was some sort of Peter Pan retelling but that’s about all I knew about it. I had heard a few murmurings of it and just figured it was a fun retelling. I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into and that this book would have all the FEELS.
There’s been countless other times this has been the case but I just wanted to use these two as examples as they made it on my best of list.
I will be honest — there are sometimes I honestly don’t read the description of books but just pick it up because of other people saying how good it is. I may know what genre it is but that’s about it. I do it A LOT. I love going in blind sometimes. (Obviously there are some times that it hurts you and you are like hmmm maybe I should have read the description to know it was about paint drying?)
It’s so refreshing to go into a book with NO expectations whatsoever sometimes. To enter into this story or meet characters that just blow your mind and you have no standard to which you expect to emote, fall in love with the characters, or race through the story. Going in blind and having your emotions unattached to anyone’s opinion. Not expecting Best Book Of The Century like so many people are saying or Book That Will Keep Kleenex in business — because sometimes all that KNOWLEDGE gets in the way. Ever had that happen? Read a book that was highly hyped (urm hello Hype Monster) or just even had a few positive RAVES from people you knew telling you how strongly they felt and then just NOT. FEEL. ANYTHING. to that magnitude? I hate when that happens!
Don’t get me wrong — I love reading about books and what you all think and you all have SAVED me a million times from reading a book I know I wouldn’t have loved or turned me on to a book I would have never picked up and it turns out to be a favorite. And obviously, I do read descriptions most of the time so I can know which books to add to my TBR list. But I have to say I’m so thankful for some of those more unexpected books that I went in blind with and came out with a truly amazing experience.
Let’s Chat: What books have you gone in truly blind with and it blew you away? As someone who frequently ignores descriptions, I’m curious if you ever pick up a book without reading the description? Have you ever had the experience where you thought you were going to FEEL ALL THE FEELS or be blown away by how different it was because everyone kept telling you but you never quite hit that place? Possibly because you knew too much going in?