Top 5 Wednesday

T5W – Books to Read without the Synopsis

“We all know that some synopsis writers spoil events that happen halfway through the book or have heard reviewers say “its best to go into this one blind.” Discuss those books.”

Sam (thoughtsontomes)

T5W is a Goodreads group consisting of weekly ‘Top 5’s created by Booktuber Sam from “thoughtsontomes”. If you would like to explore the group more further, there’s a link right here to take you to the main page!


As stated above, this week focuses on the top 5 books to read without the synopsis or ‘going in blind’. I’ll say this now… I rarely, RARELY read the synopsis of books. Mainly because they tend to spoil or taint the book and the overall reading experience, usually by revealing too much or marketing the book as something completely different. I would typically pick up a book based on other people’s reviews. This week it took me a while to come up with ideas. I tend to read the synopsis after I have read the book, so I made this list by focusing on that and whether I felt that the synopsis did not do the book justice.


1. Never Let Me Go

This is one of my all-time favourite books, and I went into it completely blind. It’s one of those books where any kind of synopsis will spoil the book! So if you haven’t read it, READ IT (without reading the synopsis, obviously).


2. Illuminae

Reseña: Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff) | El ...

The synopsis give a little too much away for this book. It’s best going in completely blind so the plots discussed in the synopsis will be more of a twist.


3. When Dimple Met Rishi

The Book of My Dreams: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya ...

The synopsis for this book portrayed it with more of a focus on coding and technology, which really wasn’t the case! I was expecting that when going in and I feel that it had ruined the overall enjoyment; I still really enjoyed it, but was a bit disappointed with the lack of focus on the Tech summer program. If you read this without checking the synopsis and only going in with the view of it being a contemporary about two kids who get set up in an arranged marriage (and one of them is unaware of this), then you would really love it.


4. Cinder

Lunar Chronicles: Cinder, The | Penguin Books Australia

I wouldn’t say the synopsis for this book particularly ‘spoils’ anything, but I went into this book solely knowing that it was a sci-fi retelling of Cinderella, and that’s all you really need to know about this one if you haven’t read it!


5. Alex, Approximately

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I feel that the main plot is spoiled from the synopsis for this book. It pretty much gives you a HUGE clue in the main romantic interests real identity, and if you read it knowing that, then I guess the book will not be as great. I mean, it’s a pretty predictable plot anyway, but I still feel like if you know nothing then you would enjoy it more!


Those are my Top 5 picks for this week! Do you prefer going into books blind or are you an avid synopsis-reader? I’d love to know!



Abbie xxxx

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