Ahh, there’s nothing like a tantalizing book premise, is there?
I spent four years after college as a “marketing writer” at a publishing house, where I learned to write “blurbs”–you know, the enticing stuff on the back of the book. Ever since, I’ve been a fan of good hooks, those premises that just dangle in front of your eyes, flashing and sparkling and generally being irresistible. Or at least that’s the publisher’s hope!
As summer turns into a crisp and color-dipped September, here are eleven books on which this former Blurbologist has a #premisecrush.
Which one looks the most flashy and sparkling to you?
Read through the list for a minty fresh new contest. You could win your favorite!
What’s not to love about this? They had me at the TITLE! and then this tidbit:
..”Shy Thomasina has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can she work up the courage to tell him?”
(I think the answer is probably yes, but there’s only one way to find out.)
“Set your table at Green Gables” (UMM, YESSSS!)
“Avonlea beckons in this cookbook inspired by the beloved children’s classic, L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables. KateMacdonald, Montgomery’s granddaughter, transports us to late-nineteenth-century Prince Edward Island through recipes culled from the eight-book series—plus a handful of favorites from Montgomery’s own kitchen.”
Cowcumber boats, anyone? How about plum puffs?
by Sarah Miller
Little House on the Prairie, through Ma’s eyes? Love it. Check it out:
“Pioneer life is hard for a pregnant woman with no friends or kin to turn to. Burdens are shouldered alone, sickness tended without doctors, babies birthed without help from mothers or sisters. To adapt to this strange place and transform a rough log house into a home, Caroline must draw on untapped wells of strength.”
I started reading this last night and though it is grittier than I supposed, I am all in. It’s as if one of the “Girl on a Train,” “Grit-Lit” books had a baby with a cozy book about a bookstore. Half gritty, half cozy!
“The Bookshop, Wigtown – Scotland’s largest second-hand bookshop. It contains 100,000 books, spread over a mile of shelving, with twisting corridors and roaring fires, and all set in a beautiful, rural town by the edge of the sea. A book-lover’s paradise? Well, almost … In these wry and hilarious diaries…”
Hey, “wry and hilarious” are just cherries on top of this Scottish, bookish sundae. I’m 1/4 Scottish AND I love twisting corridors and roaring fires, don’t you?
Ford’s first book, “Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” is one of my very favorites. This one sounds equally compelling.
“From the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes Love and Other Consolation Prizes, a novel inspired by the true story of a child who was auctioned off at the 1909 World Fair. When 12-year-old Ernest, a half-Chinese orphan, finds himself at the Seattle World Fair, it feels like a prize. But he soon discovers that he is, indeed, the prize and will be auctioned off “to a good home.” But the winning ticket goes to the madam of a high-class brothel. Fifty years later, Seattle is hosting the World Fair once again, and Ernest must balance his past with his present.”
Did you guys know that 2017 is the 150th anniversary of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday?
“Follow the wagon trail of the series, starting in the Wisconsin setting of Little House in the Big Woods to the Dakotas and finally to Missouri. Throughout, you’ll learn details about Wilder’s life and inspirations, discover how to visit the real places today, and even learn to grow the plants and vegetables featured in the stories.”
Truly the perfect book to browse through with a tin cup of cider on a chilly day!
Did you also know that Amy March was based on Louisa May Alcott’s real life sister, May?
“Elise Hooper’s debut novel conjures the fascinating, untold story of May Alcott—Louisa’s youngest sister and an artist in her own right.”
Finding out I was ENFP and other people were not–and therefore would not react to situations in the same way as me–was a life changer. I’ve been super keen on this book by pal Modern Mrs. Darcy since I first heard about it. And the cover is sublime. (Remember, #coversnob here…)
“Schoolyard rivalries. Baking disasters. Puffed sleeves. Explore the violet vales and glorious green of Avonlea in this spirited adaptation.” Is this the first ever English Anne graphic novel? What a spectacular, modern way to introduce Anne to modern girls!
Don’t look–toddler great-nieces!!! G-Auntie Lorilee will be picking up THESE for Christmas!
“Introduce little ones to beloved redheaded orphan Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables: A BabyLit® Places Primer as they explore Prince Edward Island and the places that Anne loves. Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver, with their words and bright illustrations, introduce toddlers to Anne’s home and her favorite pond, wood, field, garden, and the avenue to Avonlea. This delightful board book will captivate your brainy baby’s imagination, and yours.”