September 13, 2017 | Posted by Victoria in Top Five Wednesday | 8 Comments

Top 5 Wednesday | #T5W is a meme on Goodreads by Sam from ThoughtsOnThomes.

This week’s topic: Top Five Books to Read Without the Synopsis 

Victoria’s Picks

Alex Approximately –  a YA retelling of You’ve Got Mail, which if you’ve seen the movie it’s obvious what happens, but people who read the book without seeing the movie will be spoiled because the synopsis tells you EXACTLY what happens!

By Your Side – Before starting the book, I was under the impression that the whole story takes place in the library, when really it was only a very small part of the story. I think I would have enjoyed this book more if I hadn’t read the synopsis.

The Raven Boys – Another one where the synopsis doesn’t give a good description of the book. It sounds like the focus of the story is romance, which is NOT TRUE at all! This book is so, SO much more than just romance.

The Book Thief –  The synopsis for this one can throw you off what the story is actually about. Stealing books is part of the story, but there’s so many other things going on in this book as well.

Stalking Jack the Ripper – Not on the synopsis, but on the back cover there’s something that can potentially give away the twist. Go into this one blind, I think the title gives enough information about what the book is about.

Latte Nights Readers:
Have you read or will you read these books?
Do you have a #T5W post I should be reading?
Let me know in the comments below!



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Victoria is a twenty-two year old from Texas. She’s an avid reader of YA and NA, and reads at least seventy books a year. She is new to blogging, but excited to meet new people and share her favorite books. In addition to being a book hoarder, Victoria is a former gymnast, a coffee enthusiast, and aspires to be a mental health counselor.


  1. I’ve only read the first two on your list and I agree. Those books are best read without reading the synopsis first. The other books are on my wishlist though. Thanks for sharing, Victoria!

  2. I always hate when the synopsis kind of gives the big juicy parts of the story away. There’s a lot of movie trailers that do the same thing and it drives me nuts. You go in anticipating all these exciting undiscovered things only to realize what you read in the synopsis *are* those exciting undiscovered things. I want to read Alex Approximately but I guess I never realized that it was a retelling of You’ve Got Mail. Now I want to read it even more! I have The Raven Boys but have yet to pick it up. Now that you’ve said it’s not all romance I’ll have to give a shot sooner.

  3. Ooh, this is a GREAT list! I have read and agree with all of your choices. It’s so hard to summarize The Raven Boys– that’s definitely a series it’s best to go into blind. And huge yes to Alex, Approximately, too! The blurb is definitely spoiler-y for people who aren’t familiar with You’ve Got Mail.

  4. I looove Stalking Jack the Ripper! I also really want to read Alex Apporximately but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    In general, I often don’t read synopsizes of books because they often give wayyy too much away. So I usually find books based on their one line pitches, recs, or though their deal announcements.

    Thanks for sharing!
    ~Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles

    • Alex Approximately is soo good, it’s one of my favorite books of the year so far! I really should stop reading the synopsis of books, too often I see spoilers or become uninterested 😁

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