My book club decided to be a little different, this month we chose our book by front cover alone. That's harder than you think, because the natural instinct when you pick a book up is to turn it over and read the blurb. Try it sometime and see how much of a pull the blurb has on you.
I spotted Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick. The title jumped out at me, with the birthday candle and tag line "He's planning a birthday party the world will never forget." Since it's nearly my birthday and Quick also wrote Silver Linings Playbook, I watched it for the first time last week and loved it, it seemed like the right choice.
Even better, we voted and out of all the books, my one got chosen this evening.
I've started it and can say I would never, ever have read it if I'd read the blurb (I still haven't read the back cover), in fact I'd have put it straight back on the shelf as it would not have been "my kind of book".
Turns out I would have been very wrong - it's amazing! I'm already 100 pages in. It's a bit out there and I'm not sure where it's going; but it's dealing with some big topics, in an unusual and fresh way. I'm really enjoying it and I can't wait to read more.
Claire Wade is the winner of the Good Housekeeping Novel Competition and author of The Choice. She was bed bound for six years with severe ME, trapped in a body that wouldn't do what she wanted. She now writes about women who want to break free from the constraints of their lives, a subject she's deeply familiar with.