Of Deciphering Book Genres, Blurbs And Descriptions

Uncle B’s Guide To Deciphering Book Descriptions and Blurbs

They tell you that you must never judge a book by its cover, but people are such visual creatures, that cover will call out to you… I am a huge fan of the Blind Date With A Book idea, imagine books just wrapped up in a brown paper package tied up with string; these are a few of my favourite things…

Blind date with a book 
books covered in brown paper
Blind date with a book librarieshawaii.org

I thought this idea was neat you just pick a book based on its description.

Now the thing about a book’s description (trust me on this and you can ask any author you want, writing that tiny book description is so much harder than writing the actual book) it has a secret language similar to how realtors and estate agents will describe a house for sale as cozy instead of cramped or charming instead of derelict and when they say unique they mean no one else wants it…

From personal observation these are some terms I have come to understand and expect:

Fantasy – set in a surreal world

Epic Fantasy – Magic and possibly dragons

Sci-fi – magic but steeped in scientific terms

Magical Tale – There is no magic magic in that one its probably a tear jerker.

Moving – similar to magical

Enchanting – there could be fairies but most likely a human interest story

Romantic – break up and makeup and break up some more

Fascinating – its like watching paint drip, something to pass time

Thriller – someone about to die and time running out

Suspense – no idea what will happen next, turn to next page

Mystery – Somebody died now find out who and why

Fast Paced – reads like a long blog post

Gripping – cant believe somebody actually wrote a book about this, usually relating to a thriller

Riveting – cant believe somebody actually wrote a book about this, usually relating to a mystery

Chilling – cant believe somebody actualy wrote a book about this, usualy relating to horror or crime

Spine Chilling – see chilling

Crime Fiction – Elementary my dear Watson

True Crime – Elementary my dear Watson, this really happened

Horror – now you cant sleep cause the thing from the book will come from you

Historical Fiction– There is somebody called Thomas in it

Classic – authors died a decades ago and everyone read it or pretends to have

Debut – Incase they make it to best seller this is where it started

Adventure – its probaby for the young and young at heart

Apocalyptic – World ends or almost ended

Post-Apocalyptic – after the world ended

Non-Fiction – It really happened to me

Powerful – cant believe this is not fiction usually in relation to Non-fiction

Inspiring – probably Non-Fiction

I am curious if you drawn any such observations… add more if you have them




  1. 😂😂 this was so funny to me, I have no idea why.
    And yes, there is always a Thomas!

    “Break up and makeup and break up some more” please 😂😂

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  2. Slice-of-Life: a single scene from a possible longer story I do not care to write.

    Expose: the real truth about something you thought you already knew.

    Meme: someone’s hopeful 15 minutes of viral fame in 25 words or less.

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  3. I love the “classic description” 😂😂 authors died decades ago and everyone read it or pretends to have 😂 the accuracy 🙌 great piece


  4. This post gave me a good laugh. Being visually impaired, I download most of the books I read in audio formats from various sources. I often don’t see the covers. So, I go by the descriptions. I no longer enjoy reading certain genres. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Glad you got a good laugh from the post and I had a lot of fun writing it playing around with the stereotypes in book descriptions.

      Which kind of genres do you enjoy, I particularly love epic high fantasy for its ability to transport one to a world that is vastly different from ours and yet still manage to tackle the same things we deal with ordinarily if we look beyond the creative world building.


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      1. I enjoy humor, historical fiction, memoir, and some romance. I don’t particularly care for a lot of sex, strong language, or violence. I wasn’t always this picky, but my tastes have changed over the years.

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    1. I am not even sure what inspired me to come up with this it just happened and thank you I see some of your book loving friends stopping by too

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  5. I;’m one of the “bookloving friends” who “boromax” sent your hilarious screed to. I definitely intend to provide a link to it very soon at one of my blogs, the Atlanta Booklover’s Blog. And I have added your site to the blog’s blogroll so I can remember to check out other your other musings from time to time!

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  6. I have to admit that as an adult, I long for a good adventure book. But you are right – it’s hard to find one that’s not for the younger population.

    A blind date with a book sounds awesome! Hmmmm…. now I have an idea. Go to the bookstore with someone and pick 3-5 books for the other person and then have them choose based on the blurb instead of the cover. Hmmmm….

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    1. Yep it’s hard to find a good adventure story. But then even those that aren’t for the younger population end up being on the same shelves or recommendarion lists and by virtue of a book having young characters it’s classified as YA, I saw an author rant about how her book was not a children’s book as parents kept narrating her with how come the book is so dark for a YA… And she was explaining you see a book called Who Fears Death why would you think it would be for kids 🤣

      Moving on…. Yep that sounds like a good plan.


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