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 wanted to be inspired by a historical female heroine, I searched the sub-heading of biographies, checked out a couple of books and found mine listed under “Customers who bought this item also bought” section.
Find a copy here from Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com
‘Sometimes’, said Scott, ‘I don’t know whether Zelda and I are real or whether we are characters from one of my own novels.’ Before F. Scott Fitzgerald was a literary darling, before he’d even begun to imagine The Great Gatsby or Benjamin Button, he was a young WWI army lieutenant who fell hard for a spirited Southern belle named Zelda Sayre. The life he and Zelda would lead together in New York, Long Island, Paris, Hollywood and the French Riviera made them legends, even in their own time. Set amidst the glamour of the Jazz Age and The Lost Generation’s vivid world abroad, Z vividly brings Zelda and Scott’s romantic, tumultuous, extraordinary journey to life. Zelda was the embodiment of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. She was vibrant, headstrong, complicated and misunderstood. Z is the irresistibly rich, romantic and tumultuous story of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald, set in seductive settings. Filled with larger-than-life characters such as Ernest Hemingway, Sara and Gerald Murphy and Gertrude Stein, we watch the evolution of this iconic woman as she lived large and ached to find her own identity in the shadow of her celebrated husband.
Price: Kindle £1.49 /$2.31
Number of reviews; 47 in the UK / 605 in the US
I checked out a couple of the reviews, lots like the book, but there are also some who didn’t think it was a true likeness of the characters real life.
With the clock ticking, would I BUY or PASS?……..BUY
The book cover was an immediate hit, it spoke FLAPPER girl to me with just the hat. A huge Z on the cover – well that is the book title, it was spot on for the job. The book description pulled me in, I read The Great Gatsby twice, saw the film, I loved another book written about the era, (The 20’s Girl and All that Jazz by June Kearns) so I am intrigued to know more. It obviously has a huge following in America due to the characters and the setting. The price is an added bonus, I don’t like to spend too much on a kindle book, so this week I would definitely BUY this book.
A little extra, here is another book cover for the book, I like the first one best, for me the flapper girl sells it.
Links to other #FridayFiveChallengers
Shelley chose Steampunk – http://shelleywilsonauthor.com/2015/07/17/buy-or-pass-time-to-put-steampunk-through-the-fridayfivechallenge/
Cathy chose Travel and Holidays – https://betweenthelinesbookblog.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-five-challenge-a-la-mod-by-ian-moore/
Liz is checking out books about Cornwall – https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/2015/07/17/friday-five-challenge-6/
Terry Chose to investigate “August” – http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2015/07/would-you-buy-or-pass-8.html
Barb is doing everything she can to get Wi-Fi out in rural Spain just to stay in touch – do read this it’s FUN – http://barbtaub.com/2015/07/17/the-f-bomb-cheating-and-fridayfivechallenge-from-rosieamber1/#like-6930
I don’t read a lot of biographical books, I must admit, but I do like this cover and it does sound an interesting read.
I couldn’t read them everyday but many are fascinating windows into the lives of others.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Yes, that’s it exactly. Nice to read every so often.
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ À La Mod by Ian Moore #FridayFiveChallenge Expat in #France Buy or Pass | BetweenTheLines
I love that cover, and the blurb.
There’s something so seductive about the Jazz age. It’s one for me, too.
(Thanks for the mention, Rosie!)
You’re welcome June, thought this book might be right up your street!
LikeLiked by 1 person
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge | Lizannelloyd
I agree with Cathy, I don’t tend to read biographical books either, but I do have a fascination with the Jazz age. It would be a buy from me too. The cover is lovely.
Thanks Shelley, the cover has been re-done and the picture of “Zelda” is now only partially seen in the down slope of the Z and I don’t like it as much, let me see if I can find it and show you what I mean. I will copy it above.
Reblogged this on Anita & Jaye Dawes.
Yes, I’d buy it too. The 20s is one of the eras that interests me, though I don’t have any partic interests in the Fitzgeralds. Good price!
Love the book you chose, Rosie, and you make me want to try this too. Can I?
Definitely! Anyone can join in, use the rules set out above and please throw in a link back to me, use #FridayFiveChallenge and if you tag me @rosieamber7or Terry @TerryTyler4 we’ll help share on Twitter. It’s a great way to learn about book marketing.
Thank you, Rosie, can’t wait to give it a go!
What Rosie said, Jen! 🙂
Pingback: BUY or PASS? Time to put Steampunk through the #FridayFiveChallenge | Shelley Wilson
Reblogged this on Barrow Blogs: .
I agree with Cathy too but love the cover, and the price, so I think it would be a BUY from me as well 🙂
The 20’s and Jazz Age a no-brainer for me – Read The Paris Wife by Paula McLain a few years back based on Hemingway’s first marriage, loved it, so this is a must read for me.
All these books sound exciting insights into the lives of interesting ladies.
They do, Rosie but I’m glad i try to be a writer rather than being married to one.
I’d like to read this too. They were an intriguing couple. Thanks!
Hi – I agree the first cover is a great selling point. I seriously think I’m going to look into this one more. Looks like a great read. 🙂
FictionZeal – Impartial, Straighforward Fiction Book Reviews
Yep, looked again and still like the first one best.
Great cover (both of them).I’d buy this too.
LikeLiked by 1 person
Reblogged this on Alison Williams Writing and commented:
Rosie Amber’s Friday Five Challenge – an intruiging historical biography
I love Scott Fitzgerald and after reading ‘Tender is the Night’ one wonders about Zelda. I did read around the writers of the era so potentially it could be a fascinating read.
Thanks Olga, more great reads for us.
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ Summer at Shell Cottage by Lucy Diamond #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: How self-published authors can stop shooting themselves in the foot | BRIDGET WHELAN writer
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ Without A Trace by Lesley Pearse #FridayFiveChallenge @rosieamber1 #histfic |
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ #BuyorPass ~ Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan #FridayFiveChallenge | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ The Salem Witch Society by KN Shields #FridayFiveChallenge #BuyorPass #Historical | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ Dark Waters by Rain Oxford #Paranormal #Thriller #FridayFiveChallenge | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ #BuyorPass? Clear Your #Clutter, Change Your Life by Prudence Moneypenny | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #Friday Five Challenge-Choosing Hearts by Diana Quippley | booklovercircumspect4
Pingback: #Friday Five Challenge ~ #BuyorPass No-one Ever has Sex in the Suburbs by Tracy Bloom | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Dear Thief by Samantha Harvey #BuyorPass #Contemporary #Fiction | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ A Time for Silence by Thorne Moore #BuyorPass @rosieamber | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Paradise House by Erica James #BuyorPass Set in #Pembrokeshire | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Blow by Kim Karr #BuyorPass #Romance | booklovercircumspect4
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ Paradise House by Erica James ~ Buy or Pass |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ #BuyorPass Why the Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo #children’s @rosieamber1 |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ #BuyorPass ~ The Witch and the Englishman by JR Rain #Paranormal |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Emerald Buddha by Russell Blake @BlakeBooks #Adventure |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Autumn’s Blood by Marissa Farrar ~ Buy or Pass #Paranormal #ShapeShifter |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass? Hunter Prey by Sam Sisavath #Hardboiled | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass? | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Wolf Winter by Cecilia Eckbäck #histfic | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Northern Lights: The Science, Myth and Wonder of Aurora Borealis | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass ~ Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer #1 |
Pingback: Friday Five Challenge ~ #BuyorPass ~ Christmas Spirit by Susan Buchanan #FridayFiveChallenge |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or pass ~ I Am David by Anne Holm #histfic #YA |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Buy or Pass? Stick Man by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler |
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Home by Tom Abrahams #BuyorPass #PostApocalyptic | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Dashing Through The Snow by Debbie Macomber @rosieamber1 #romcom | BetweenTheLines
Pingback: #FridayFiveChallenge ~ Ice by Kevin Tinto #Thriller @rosieamber1 | BetweenTheLines