Top Five Wednesday: Books to Read without the Synopsis

Find more about T5W here! This week’s topic is Books to Read without the Synopsis. I love this topic! I think a lot of the times people expect a lot out of a great synopsis, or the synopsis sucks, both of which can ruin the book.

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

I think people might be able to guess some of the twists in this book (if you’re super perceptive) and it’s just better to go in blind.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

From reading a lot of reviews on Goodreads, a lot of people feel let down by this book based on what they were expecting in the synopsis. I think it’s best to just take the name and go with that.

Beka Cooper by Tamora Pierce

The synopsis for this book is very poorly written and I think it turns a lot of people away. All you need to know is there’s magic and a badass female protagonist who’s a police officer.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Not necessarily the synopsis, but I know a lot of copies of this book were marketed as “the Night Circus for YA” and I think that’s very misleading. Having read both this summer, TNC is on a whole different level than Caraval. I think it was good I read Caraval first because I didn’t have any preconceptions coming in.


That’s all I could think of for this week! What were some of yours?

Thanks for reading! xx

10 thoughts on “Top Five Wednesday: Books to Read without the Synopsis

  1. I’m with you on The Night Circus and Caraval! I wasn’t let down by The Night Circus’s synopsis but I feel like they are marketing the wrong audience! As for Caraval, I read it because of how much it was compared to The Night Circus and I think it ruined the experience a little for me. Great post!

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    1. I loved the Night Circus, but I can definitely see how it might be misleading for people who love action-oriented books. I was the same about Caraval! I read it before TNC but if I’d been comparing them, I would have been super disappointed


  2. My sole experience with Fight Club was walking in on the last five or so minutes of the movie. So I have no idea what’s going on in the story, but I know the entire reveal, and therefore can never watch the movie / read the book without my very first experience with the story being spoiled from the start. I can see where even a slightly detailed synopsis would give it away, too.

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    1. NOOOOO OMG I’m so sorry, it’s one of the best plot twists ever!!! I would still give the book a try, it’s super well-written and the ending (like very very ending) is different than the movie and I like it much better


      1. omg when I watched the Sixth Sense for the first time, literally the first scene with Bruce Willis after he died, my friend goes “he’s a ghost now” and I was so annoyed


      2. OMG, that would have bugged me so much! I intentionally watched it a second time shortly after the first viewing to see what the clues were, but that was on purpose and not a spoiler. The director had said something about his use of the color red and we wanted to see what he was referring to. It was neat, but I wouldn’t have wanted to miss the initial twist reveal.

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