“Your”Blind” Books: When went into a book without reading the synopsis and reviews, generally having no absolute knowledge of the book.
Going into books “blind” is sometimes a thrilling experience. You don’t know anything about the characters or the plot, making the book seem mysterious. You open the book, wondering where these words on the pages will take you.
However, going into books blindly is sometimes a terrible thing. You don’t know where you going. It sometimes feels like you are wearing a blind fold on a 100 story cliff, fearing you might fall. You don’t know if you’ll like book, hoping you do because you don’t want to spend hours reading a crappy book.
So what’s the best way to go into a book? Knowing the synopsis? Going to it blindly?
I’ve gone into many books blindly. It’s sometimes hard because you have the urge to open the flap of the dust jacket to read what the book is about, or look up the synopsis on GoodReads. However, once you break that barrier, and read the first few chapters, the urg disappears.
Now I’ve liked some of the “blind” books and I’ve also hated some.
Blind Book I liked: The Paradox of Vertical Flight
Now I think I will always praise this book. It’s my favorite because it’s hilarious and thought provoking. I personally believe it’s a book everyone should read, and I also encourage people to not read the synopsis because that’s what I did. This “blind” book became my absolute favorite of all time.
Blind book I disliked: Trouble is a Friend of Mine
This book had so much potential, yet it failed for me. I can’t really describe why I hate this book so much. UGHHH. I wished I read the reviews for this because it took me about 2 weeks to listen to the book. I could have listen to a different book that was FAR BETTER.
Blind book I liked: Suicide Notes
This book is absolutely amazing. It’s funny, honest, and somehow, the ending surprised me. It’s definitely under hyped, and more people should read it. I’M SO GLAD I WENT THROUGH THIS BLIND BECAUSE IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER.
Blind book I disliked: Story of a Girl
I’m not even going to discuss this book. I wished I read both the synopsis and the reviews.
So obviously, I’v experienced both the postives and negatives when going into a book blind.
So what’s my verdict?
I sometimes can’t help but like to be surprise. Although I’ve experienced a lot of bad books because of me going into them blindly, I discovered a lot of amazing books. They wouldn’t be the same if I read the synopsis or read the reviews. When I was younger, I used to never read the back of the book, and purely just read because of cover and title, and I have a lot of childhood faves because of that.
I went to the Percy Jackson books blindly, without even knowing it’s about Greek Gods. And oh my goodness, reading it as a child, I thought this series was just GOLD. I still think it’s gold.
I think there’s something beautiful about going into a book blindly…it makes me feel proud to be a reader.
What about you guys? Do you like or dislike going into a book blindly?