Because one of my new year's resolutions was to read more, I've been looking at a lot of book lists and perusing the bookstore. I love fiction, mostly classics, but since I stopped working in trade publishing several years ago I haven't kept up with current literature as much as I used to. One of the fun things about being a copy editor at a trade publisher was getting a manuscript and having maybe only a vague idea of what it was about--it's fun to delve into a book without having any preconceived ideas of what you're in for.
This bookstore in Australia is selling novels wrapped in brown paper, with only a few key words written on the outside to provide hints about the books' contents. I kind of love this idea and wish there was a San Diego bookstore doing the same thing!
Do you ever go into reading a book without knowing what it's about? Or do you prefer to a cover image and plot synopsis before jumping in?