Bookends: Do you read the synopsis?

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Should you go into the book knowing a general idea of the plot or go into the book without knowing anything but the title and maybe the genre? 

There have been conversations between book lovers about how much you should know going into a book. There are readers who like to go into their books unknowing; avoiding reviews and the back cover. Then there are readers who need to know what they are getting into. I love going into a book not knowing what to expect.  All I need to know is the genre and what the book is similar to, and I am hooked. Having a conversation with fellow staff member, Ashely, we both agreed that going into the book not really knowing anything is best. 

Now, there is always the fear of not liking a book. Some readers like to read the synopsis to decide whether they want to commit or not. Although, going into a book blindly can lead to an adventure you never thought you would take. Also, we shouldn't feel guilty about not finishing a book, but that is a conversation for another time. 

On the other hand, reading a quick review or synopsis can increase your excitement and anticipation for the journey that is just one page away. Maybe there will never be a consensus on whether it is better to go into a book blindly or with a general idea of the plot. There is one thing most readers can agree on, spoilers are the WORST. 

If you're looking to take a chance and go into a book blindly, then we have the perfect event for you. During the month of February, we will be having "Blind Date with a Book." We have wrapped up books in brown paper and have written a mysterious message on the cover. You can look through the mystery books and decide which one you would like to take a chance on. It is a great way to pick up a book you might not have otherwise thought of. 

Happy reading! 

- Maddie