In Australia have a television reality show called “The Voice”, where singers are selected for the competition by singing on stage for judges who have their backs to the singers. They can only judge the contestant by their voice. In other words, their age, gender, size, look, style etc aren’t judged.
This would be like selecting a book without looking at the cover. I wonder if there would be books we would read if we weren’t forming preconceived ideas by the artwork, blurb, author name etc?
Want to find out? Now you can! Recommend me a book does just that. You get the first page or two to read with no identification at all. Don’t like it, click the “Next book” button. Want to read more, click the “Reveal title and author” button.
It took me a couple of books before I found one where I really wanted to keep turning the page. I revealed the title and author (you get a thumbnail of the book), to find one of my Barbarians has the book. I would never have read it if I hadn’t found it on this page and it is in my house!
Have a go and tell me if you found something you wouldn’t have read otherwise. Think about the cover – would you have picked it up if you’d seen it in a bookshop or library?