Welcome to my Friday Five Challenge
Get yourself a cuppa and give yourself 5 minutes.
In today’s online shopping age, readers often base their buying decisions from small postage stamp size book covers (Thumb-nails), a quick glance at the book description and the review. 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?
My 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 for this book,
5) If there are reviews, check out a couple,
6) Make an instant decision, would you BUY or PASS?
(then write a little analysis about your decision)
This week I chose to search “Handbags” Ladies we all have use for a handbag….or 2..or 22.
What happens when you drop a big, bouncing Boxer dog into the life of a glamorous girl about town? Alice Wright reveals all in her dog-memoir with a difference…
Alice’s busy life consists of ‘parties, premieres and private members clubs’ and she loves it! She certainly doesn’t want the responsiblity of a partner or a pooch but seems to end up with more than she bargained for in this very funny but incredibly personal memoir about modern dog ownership.
Set in the streets of Soho and the parks of North London HANDBAGS AND POOBAGS reveals why you should never wear a long cashmere scarf when poop scooping and how to hide a dog under a barstool and in the back of a taxi-cab.
A bit different from the traditional pet-memoir this warm, touching real life tale is full of embarrassing anecdotes and surprising discoveries as Alice realises that owning a dog changes not only her lifestyle but her life.
“Handbags and Poobags…. and bags of laughs too! A love story with a twist in its very waggy tail. I think Alice Wright is really Bridget Bones! Forget Hugh Grant or Colin Firth though, her dog is a much better love interest (and he’s a proper Boxer!)
If you’re contemplating settling down with a good dog, read this first and if it doesn’t put you off then you’ll be fine. Already had your heart stolen by a dog? You’ll definitely recognise the dogification of your wardrobe, the permanent damage to your flooring and especially the gritty bed linen!
What a page-turner. I Loved it.”
Beverley Cuddy, Editor DOGS TODAY MAGAZINE
“Incredibly honest, genuine and captivating… a real life take on modern day doggie living. It is brutally honest yet heart-warmingly brilliant. A must for all animal fans.”
Jessica Brown, PETS MAGAZINE
Price: £1.15/ $1.81
Number of Pages; 246
Number of reviews; 118 on Amazon.co.uk (82 of them 5*)
Would I BUY or PASS…..BUY
My inspiration this week was the word “Handbag” and there were a huge selection of books all about the history of handbags or how to make handbags which wasn’t really my thing, until I spotted this fun book. As a Nation, Britain is mad about dogs. This book cover is bright and the cartoon picture suggests this is a fun book, even the book title looks like a “London” street sign all pointing the reader to the Soho setting for this book. A Fair price for 246 pages and that number of positive reviews means this book is a good find for dog lovers who want a fun read. Definitely a BUY.
Other posts from People taking part;
Shelley found her book on Goodreads http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/10/buy-or-pass-goodreads-provides-a-winner-for-fridayfivechallenge/comment-page-1/#comment-389
Cathy has found a saga based in New Zealand https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/friday-five-challenge-3/comment-page-1/#comment-2094
Liz finds a book about English Houses https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/07/10/friday-five-challenge-5/comment-page-1/#comment-131
Barb looked for a read to cool her down. http://barbtaub.com/2015/07/10/cold-cold-cold-oh-please-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/