Book Blogger Hop #1

Book Blogger Hop

This is a weekly meme hosted by Jennifer at Crazy For Books 

This week’s question is:

“What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you
want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?”

I guess there’s no set rule for keeping me engaged in a story. There’s probably three main reading experiences that I encounter:

1) Love it from the very first page

2) It’s a little slow to start and then becomes enjoyable

3) Slow to start and never really eventuates in rapid page turning

Sometimes a slow build is necessary for character development and to give a foundation to a story, but to get me past page 50 the author has to show me it is worth it. I suppose the characters are the main factor for me. I need to be drawn in and understand them for me to really enjoy a book and continue reading it. In saying that there are times when the characters aren’t well developed but the plot has me hooked nevertheless.

It’s rare that I have been unable to finish a book, I usually give it the benefit of the doubt that it will step up my interest at some stage. Overall, if the plot is mundane, the characters are superficial and I find myself skimming paragraphs in search of something interesting- then those are the things that will stop me from continuing with the read.

What keeps you reading a book?? Feel free to leave your answers in the comments section or to leave your link if you are signed up to the meme.

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A recap for this week’s blog posts

Book Review: Fallen by Lauren Kate

Book Review: Frost Moon by Anthony Francis

Meme: In My Mailbox #7

Guest Blog Wednesdays with… Mark O’Bannon “How to tell a Fantastic Story”

A Season Of Transformation: weekly virtual tour wrap up #4

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By the way, I have given my blog yet again another makeover. I am pretty happy with the design now, despite WordPress’s limitations in customizing the page! I think the new look is simple and comforting- I know the autumn leaves are not really representative of the now Australian winter but it has a cosy feel to is anyway.

Let me know what you think

Have a great weekend!

Jayne

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11 comments

  1. Hopping through. Your reading experiences mirror mine. I don’t have to love a book from the first page, although it’s nice. Most books are a little slow to start but then get better – I have to force myself to be patient.
    My Hop

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    • Thanks for stopping by Alison. I suppose it doesn’t matter whether you are instantly hooked or become more steadily enthralled in a book- if they leave you feeling the same way by the end of it, it is worth it!
      Jayne

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  2. I don’t know why I keep reading a book. It’s not the story. It’s not the characters. I really don’t know!

    I’m hopping by to tell you that I’ve got a wonderful giveaway going on at my blog, Readerbuzz. It’s international! During the Readerbuzz July Giveaway I’ll be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! I’d love to have you stop in and throw your name in the hat to win!

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  3. These book blogger hop questions just get better and better. This one looks easy but I think it’s a trick question. We all know it’s the same answer – the writing – but we all have different perspectives of what good writing is.

    Hop on over to my blog at http://www.howardsherman.net and read my three-prong answer as I explain why I’ll decide to pick up a book or put it down in under sixty seconds.

    Happy July 4th Weekend!

    Howard Sherman, Implementor
    http://www.howardsherman.net

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  4. I’m pretty much the same way with what keeps me reading a book. I like to try to give them the benefit of the doubt too, even if it’s not great, I try to keep reading hoping it’ll be worth it. It’s rare that it felt like a complete waste of time, but there are some books that you wonder how they ever got published! I don’t know what your blog looked like before, but I think it’s beautiful now, I love the header. 🙂

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  5. That is a well considered answer, and I couldn’t agree more. It often comes down to interesting, believable characters for me too. I am very glad I have come across your blog on the hop and I will be sure to follow your posts in the future.

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  6. I guess for me to read a book its first few pages need to keep my butt on the seat out of curiosity, what happens next, start of same great adventure, would be some clues. Characters had better no what they are doing and have a certain aura that arouses further curiosity as to how they would cope with whatevr is going to happen, or may happen

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