Booking Through Thursday: Blurb

This week’s question is a great one:

Something I’ve been thinking about lately: “What words/phrases in a blurb make a book irresistible? What words/phrases will make you put the book back down immediately?”

First: Is this a personality test? : )
The “irrestistable” part is easy: I am a complete sucker for books whose blurbs include words like “simple, starkly beautiful writing,” “wry humor,” and “good-humored.” Also: “well-researched and compelling.”
I run, screaming, in the opposite direction when I see these words: “angry, embittered rant” and “heartwarming.” (I really gag on “heartwarming.” Does that make me terrible?)

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