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Top 5 Wednesday: Skip The Synopsis

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme brought by T5W on Goodreads.

There are some movies that, once I see the trailers for them, I never need to actually see. Not because they're offensive or off-putting (though that certainly happens), but because they just give so much away. You know the arc of the story before you ever get to see it. You know the big battles, the characters who fall in love. It's like, what's the point?

Some books are the same way. You read the synopsis, and feel like everything's right there. The secret identities given away; the ultimate climax, maybe even the redemption. Sure, there are some books whose synopsis provide the context to spur you into reading it. But there are others that you just need to go into blind. And if you trust the person recommending it to you, it's often the best way.

Here are five (okay, seven) books I think you should skip the synopsis and get right to reading. (And, in the spirit of practicing what I'm preaching and all that, I'm presenting them with no commentary, EVEN THOUGH I REALLY WANTED TO OFFER AT LEAST A SENTENCE BUT I FELT LIKE THAT WAS CHEATING.)

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
And I Darken by Kiersten White
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A Madness so Discreet by Mindy McGinnis
You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

(If you really want to check out my reviews of any of these books, please click through my related posts for those links.)

For the most part, these were all books I went into mostly blind with just a few themey or atmospheric recommendations--reviews talking about the women's voices in You Will Know Me, or the darkness in A Madness So Discreet. Some of them I just had my friends raving about (see Fangirl, as well as the definition of).

I love it when see tweets or texts (or chats! you know, those old fashioned in-your-face kind of thing?) from my friends just freaking out about how great a book is without even saying anything about it. Do you have any good gotta-go-into-it-blind recs for me, or are any of mine your favorites? Please let me know!

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