librarything logo blurbs in haikuBook blurbs in haiku form is maybe not the most obvious way of summarising one’s output.  The idea came from Librarything.

I joined Librarything several years ago, and used to post my reviews there, until I came up against a barrier I could only overcome by paying for membership*.  I’m not sure whether that is still the case.  I still get the regular newsletters and have had first-read books from them, though.  One of those had been in my ‘to-read’ list for along time before I got around to it.

This month’s newsletter told me that rather than what they used to do—a one sentence summary for each book—they have had a new idea.  Book blurbs in haiku form.

You may remember I used the one sentence formats in one of my book pages – probably on the Princelings website.

Now I want to put them all into haiku form: five syllables, seven syllables, five syllables.  After all, I even had the characters doing haikus in a narrathon in The Talent Seekers!

Princelings blurbs in haiku – a first attempt

The Princelings of the East

Escaping from home

George and Fred save the Realms

from energy drain

The Princelings and the Pirates

Kidnapped by pirates

Fred rescues a fair princess

and George fights for life

The Princelings and the Lost City

Fred suffers love pangs:

Mistaken identity

tears ideals apart

Well it’s a start.  Maybe I’ll do a few more next month.

How would you tackle your books – or a favourite?  Have a go in the comments!

Update on the Audiobook

I hope it’ll be out very soon. Just waiting for confirmation it’s got through the QA process. Check your Amazon, Audible or iTunes pages links for The Princelings of the East.


  • At the time it was a monthly or annual cost.  Now I see they’ve changed (or I read it incorrectly before):
    • Enter 200 items for free, as many as you like for $10 (year) or $25 (life).
Book blurbs in Haiku form – what do you think?
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4 thoughts on “Book blurbs in Haiku form – what do you think?

  • 28 January, 2020 at 12:53 pm
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    What an interesting idea1 You’ve done a good job with your book haikus!

  • 29 January, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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    I’m jet-lagged out of my gourd, but let’s see if I can do one for the Ninja Librarian.
    Rough town needs fixing,
    Schoolmarm and librarian can
    Kick the right backsides.

    Okay, maybe not yet ready for prime time 😀

    • 29 January, 2020 at 10:44 pm
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      That’s definitely getting there 🙂

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