Hello folks, today I came across an extremely interesting bookish challenge – The Friday Five Challenge by Rosie Amber.
What is the Friday Five Challenge?
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions on small postage stamp size book covers (thumbnails), a quick glance at the book description and some reviews. Have you ever wondered how much time do they really spend making that buying decision?
AUTHORS – You often only have seconds to get a reader to buy your book. Is your book cover and book bio up to it?
The Friday Five Challenge is this….. IN ONLY FIVE MINUTES…..
1) Go to any online book supplier.
2) Randomly choose a category.
3) Speed through the book covers, choose one which has instantly appealed to your eye.
4) Read the book bio/ description.
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple.
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
What is so exciting about it?
The thing I liked best about this challenge (apart from the fact that it is kinda fun) is that it gives an insight into what goes through people’s minds before they decide to buy or pass a particular book. This is extremely relevant, especially in today’s day and age where people don’t always find the time to browse through books in bookstores and prefer buying them online. Online book buyers DO look at book covers, DO read blurbs, DO check out reviews and decide faster than we think. Yes, they clearly have a lot more than 5 minutes to decide. This is just a fast track look into the thought process of a book buyer- online or not.
The book I picked is The President’s Shadow by Brad Meltzer.
There are stories no one knows. Hidden stories. I find those stories for a living.
To most, it looks like Beecher White has an ordinary job. A young staffer with the National Archives in Washington, D.C., he’s responsible for safekeeping the government’s most important documents . . . and, sometimes, its most closely held secrets.
But there are a powerful few who know his other role. Beecher is a member of the Culper Ring, a 200-year-old secret society founded by George Washington and charged with protecting the Presidency.
Now the current occupant of the White House needs the Culper Ring’s help. The alarming discovery of the buried arm has the President’s team in a rightful panic. Who buried the arm? How did they get past White House security? And most important: What’s the message hidden in the arm’s closed fist? Indeed, the puzzle inside has a clear intended recipient, and it isn’t the President. It’s Beecher, himself.
Beecher’s investigation will take him back to one of our country’s greatest secrets and point him toward the long, carefully hidden truth about the most shocking history of all: family history.
The book had a lot of positive reviews and ratings (4 or 5 stars) and the only negative one (1 star) said – ‘The 3rd Wednesday of every month I drink fingernail polish (red) and feed dark chocolate to dogs.’ Since I have no idea what this cryptic comment means, I choose to ignore it.
Analysis (Reasons for my Choice):
I selected ‘Thriller’ as my category on Barnes & Noble website, as this is a genre I have been meaning to explore from a long time, and was just waiting for the right book. It was the cover of the book (along with the title) that caught my attention, and the blurb reeled me in. The positive reviews gave me the much needed confidence to make a decision as this genre as well as the author is new to me. Overall, I am glad I took this challenge and discovered such a great read.
I would love to hear from you guys. What are your thoughts about this challenge? What is the most important factor for you while selecting books?
Do you guys read political thrillers? Have any of you read this book? Or any other book by this author?