I was thinking about what I wanted to read next… despite being only half way through 3 books – as you do, right?!
And it occurred to me that first impressions in the book world are important. VERY important. The older I get the pickier and picker I am with my next book choice and that is because my reading time is precious and finite.
I want to read a book that makes a GREAT first impression – I want a cover design that grabs my attention, I want an interesting synopsis and I want a first paragraph that draws me in.
So welcome to….
First Impression Friday
If I am organised enough each week I am planning on featuring a book that has made it onto my TBR pile by making (yes you guessed it!) a great first impression.
XX by Angela Chadwick
Great cover, right?!?
Would it catch your attention in the book store? It did mine – I quite like a simple cover and and I think the colour choice works so well.
I often don’t like the appearance of quotes on book covers, but I think it works well here and the publisher has picked some great snippets to include.
I think the design as a whole stands out.
BUT what really caught my attention was the book blurb below –
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO FOR A CHILD OF YOUR OWN?
When Rosie and Jules discover a ground-breaking clinical trial that enables two women to have a female baby, they jump at the chance to make history.
Fear-mongering politicians and right-wing movements are quick to latch on to the controversies surrounding Ovum-to-Ovum (o-o) technology and stoke the fears of the public. What will happen to the numbers of little boys born? Is there a sinister conspiracy to eradicate men at play?
In this toxic political climate, Jules and Rosie try to hide their baby from scrutiny. But when the news of Rosie’s pregnancy is leaked to the media, their relationship is put under a microscope and they’re forced to question the loyalty of those closest to them, and battle against a tirade of hate that threatens to split them apart…
Interesting and intriguing!
Would it make you open the front cover to read the first few lines?
The woman behind the desk sighs when I ask whether Professor Jefferson is available. “The professor won’t see anyone without an appointment. Are you a journalist, by any chance?”P.1
The first paragraph had me hooked – And I will happily admit I didn’t stop at the first paragraph. I read the whole first chapter, which was only a couple of pages but lately I am very much enjoying short, snappy chapters.
I am planning on reading XX by Angela Chadwick soon.
Have you read it?
Is it good? Am I in for a treat?