TBR Thursdays | Page 69 Test 9519 #page69test #tbrthursdays #orangecountyreads

Do you know about “the page 69 test”? The idea, floated by Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan, is that when you read page 69 of a book you know whether or not it’s for you.

In the book HOW TO READ A NOVEL, John Sutherland suggests that readers should apply the page 69 test.  He argues that, “Dust jackets, blurbs, shoutlines, critical acclaim all jostle for the readers attention.” Instead, he recommends applying the McLuhan (or, page 69, test).

Marshall McLuhan, the guru of The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), recommends that the reader turn to page 69 of any book and read it. If you like that page, buy the book. It works.”

I thought it would be fun to test this theory and post a few from my TBR pile.

Let me know what you think in the comments!


The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

About the Book:

The Bear and the Nightingale is a historical fantasy novel written by Katherine Arden. It is Arden’s debut novel and the first novel in the Winternight trilogy. The Bear and the Nightingale chronicles the tale of a young girl, Vasya, who is able to communicate with mythological creatures of tales she was told as a child. A battle between traditional Russian folklore and the introduction and solidification of Christianity into remote Russian villages ensues as Vasya fights to keep the monsters away.

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13 thoughts on “TBR Thursdays | Page 69 Test 9519 #page69test #tbrthursdays #orangecountyreads

  1. Definitely will try it–although I had “heard” the number was the first 50 pages. My problem is having been an English major I still feel “obligated” to finish the book as I have already invested some time in it. Yes, I know life’s too short!

  2. This is very interesting, I never heard of this “test” before. I used to tell the kids at school to give it the first “x” number of pages depending on the length of the book.

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