top five wednesday

Books to Read without the Synopsis || Top Five Wednesday


Top Five Wednesday is a weekly meme created by Lainey @GingerReadsLainey and she has passed down the torch to Sam @ThoughtsOnTomes. For more information and for future topics you can check out the goodreads group.

This week the theme for Top Five Wednesday was books to read without the synopsis and I was very intrigued by this theme (as I do like to read books that way from time to time), so I decided to create my own list. These are books that I read without reading the synopsis first and also books that I recommend you read without the synopsis. Nothing much to add to that, I think it’s very self-explenatory. Now lets get into the books that I decided to pick for this topic!

5. Any book by Agatha Christie

I never read a synopsis for an Agatha Christie book. First of all I don’t want to risk getting spoiled for whatever is going to happen. Second of all Agatha Christie is the queen of crime so I’m sure that I will enjoy whatever I pick up by her. (Or rather that has been the case so far.)


4. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The only thing that I knew about Nimona before reading it was the fact that it’s a graphic novel. (And that the art is cute, thanks to the cover.) I had no idea what it was about or where it would go and I was very pleasantly surprised by it when I read it. This one I definitely recommend reading without checking the synopsis, it’s just a lot more fun that way!

Where Things Come Back

3. Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

I knew literary nothing about Where Things Come Back before reading it. Going into it blind was the best idea that I could have had. This book kept surprising me with each revelation and I loved every moment of it. The synopsis gives quiet a few things away, so I think it’s definitely better going into this book blind.

Aristotle and Dante

2. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

As you may know, Aristotle and Dante is one of my all time favourite books. Before reading it I actually had no idea what it was about. I was very intrigued by the title and the cover (plus all the awards it won), so I decided to read it. And it was the BEST idea ever, I simply fell in love with this book!!

Neil Gaiman

1. The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The only thing that I knew about this book before reading it was the fact that it’s by Neil Gaiman. This book has only 180 pages, so the synopsis can spoil things for it easily. Honestly I think you don’t even need to read the synopsis. The name and cover are intriguing enough on their own, plus it’s by Neil Gaiman so there is that as well.

Thank you very much for reading and I hope that you have an amazing day!


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16 thoughts on “Books to Read without the Synopsis || Top Five Wednesday

  1. I love this idea for a Top Five Wednesday theme. A lot of the book I read I tend to read without having checked out the blurb first. If it’s a book I’m really excited for, like I was A Conjuring of Light or Strange the Dreamer earlier this year, I will avoid any and all mention of it because I think it makes the story better have absolutely zero expectations.
    I know I read the blurbs for Nimona and Aristotle and Dante before picking both of them up, but they’re favourites of mine and I don’t think I could have enjoyed them any more if I hadn’t checked out the blurbs you know?
    Great picks for this week Anna. 🙂 ❤

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    1. It really is a great idea for a Top Five Wednesday! I really had a lot of fun deciding which books to pick. 😀 I usually read the synopsis before buying a book (with a few exceptions), but by the time I get around to it I literary forget what it’s about! So I kind of go in blind a lot as well. For sequels I never read the synopsis. I just don’t want to know anything about it before reading it! 😀
      Thank you Beth! ❤

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  2. This is a really interesting topic for a Top 5 Wednesday.There are quite a few books I’d have for this list– but I totally agree with you about Ari and Dante; it’s better if you don’t even know how people tag/classify the novel, in my opinion. Where Things Come Bkac is new to me. I’ll keep in mind not to read the synopsis! Thanks for the tip. 😀

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    1. It really was an interesting topic! 🙂 Exactly! I literary knew nothing about Aristotle and Dante, not even how people classified it. It surprised me in the best way possible! Where Things Come Back is really an interesting book and I would definitely stay away from the synopsis. I feel that it gives to much away. You’re welcome! 🙂

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    1. This topic was really a lot of fun! 😀 Haha, I hope you enjoy Nimona when you get around to it. I’m the same – I read the synopsis for a book, add it to my “to-read” list and then forget what it’s about when I actually get around to it. So it’s always a bit of a surprise! Thank you! 😀


  3. Great choices Anna! I agree about Agatha Christie! And Nimona does look quite good, I love you we’re so intrigued I think I’ll look for that one. I recently read someone else raving about Ari and Dante… I’ll need to think about looking for that one too… good to know I shouldn’t check out the blurb! ♥️

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    1. Thank you!! 🙂 I think most mystery books should be read without reading the synopsis first, as they sometime can spoil things. Nimona was seriously AMAZING and I would highly recommend it! Ari and Dante is wonderful as well and it’s another one that I can only recommend. ❤

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