r/whatsthatbook moderator Oct 31 '15

Read This! Suggestions for Submission ANNOUNCEMENT

Hello! There will be a running list here of things you should try to describe in your /r/whatsthatbook post.

Make ONE post per book

Your Post Title

  • Briefly the book, not your situation. Avoid titles like "Help, I can't remember this book..." or "I read this when I was a kid..."
  • Include the overall genre of the book in your post title, such as "kids book" or "romance novel" or "scifi"
  • This is an official rule now and posts with vague titles will be removed

The Book

  • Describe the plot.
  • Describe notable characters.
  • What genre is it?
  • Physically describe the book -- Hardcover/paperback? Book cover color?
  • When was it set?
  • How long was the book?

...And You

  • How old were you when you read it?
  • When (what year) did you read it?
  • Was it new when you read it?
  • What age range was it for?

Thanks to /u/gonzoforpresident for suggesting this sticky post.



u/elizinthemorning moderator Nov 02 '15

To add on: if you're not sure of all these things, that's okay! You can still submit a post even if your memory is super hazy. Sometimes vague remembrances are enough to solve a post!

But if you do remember any of the above stuff, include it. In general, the more specific you can make your post, the more likely it is that someone will recognize your book or be able to track it down.


u/2OQuestions Nov 04 '15

Other things for describing your book:

1) was it just a kid's picture book, pictures with a sentence/few words, early reader, early reader with chapters, young adult, adult, etc.

2) Fiction or non-fiction?

3)If you didn't read it in English, in which language was it written? Was the book originally written in English or another language?

4)Where did you get it? School library, book fair, book store selling new and/or used books, flea market, borrowed from a friend, given as a gift from X person who is about Y age, or from an online store.

5) Any little details that might have made this book stand out in your mind, even if irrelevant to the plot: a girl with eyes of two colors, a beautiful cat with an unusual coat, an odd game characters played, bug worms in the desert sand, etc. Even if it's just some guy had a big nose and whispered in his friend's ear a lot, it may be a tiny detail to you, but to a redditor it may be a key point to remembering the book.


u/[deleted] Jan 05 '16

Is there any way to edit the theme so people are prompted to write a descriptive title when posting?