The Book Store Game

Here’s a fun new game that I just made up this morning. Go to a book store and find the New Releases section. It should be staring you in the face as soon as you walk through the door. Now, start reading the dust-jacket blurbs and inside-flap promotional fluff of as many books as you can as fast as you can and don’t stop until you find one that does not contain at least one of the following words:

  • luminous
  • haunting
  • compelling
  • spell-binding
  • provocative
  • astonishing

It’s a simple game, but not an easy one to win. It’s almost impossible these days to find a book that isn’t being touted as a stunning literary achievement or a modern masterpiece or an instant classic. I’ve read about so much luminous prose it’s a wonder I haven’t been blinded by the light.

Play the Book Store Game with a friend or race against the clock. Estimated time to complete: three hours. Mileage will vary. Some assembly required.

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