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Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop (7)

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?

This is definitely a hard question. I can't say that there's any one thing that will make me keep reading or put a book down. I like being grabbed from the very beginning. If the beginning doesn't grab me then I probably won't like the book quite as much. I like interesting characters (ones that feel like they could actually exist), interesting settings (exotic locales seem to be my favorite) and the author's ability to keep me guessing about what's going to happen next! I don't really care for predictability.

What say you?

16 comments:

  1. New Follower! Happy Friday!
    Mine is mood and great characters.

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  2. I try to give books a chance before I give up, but I prefer to have a book pull me in from the first page!

    Anja @ http://reading2011.blogspot.com/2011/07/book-blogger-hopfollow-friday.html

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  3. Just popping in via the hop to say hi! I'm not a fan of predictability either, I love books that make me think I've got everything figured out and then swipe my legs out from underneath me and shock me with how wrong I am:) I'm a new follower here and I hope you have a great weekend!

    Jenny @ Supernatural Snark
    www.supernaturalsnark.blogspot.com

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  4. Good point about predictability. I love reading books that have unexpected twists!

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  5. predicability is a killer!

    ps i'm an old old follower (you've been i my blogroll for ages)!

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  6. great answer..I don't usually quit reading a book once I start ..but it does happen every so often.

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  7. I don't usually quit once I've started either. Unless the content offends me or is really boring, I keep reading. But if the story and characters don't grab me, I won't pick it up again.

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  8. 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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  9. I like to be grabbed from the beginning of the book too. And, I am a new follower. Stop by and check me out. Hope you become a follower:<a href="http://fangswandsandfairydust.com”)> Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust</a>
    @fangswandsfairy
    steph@fangswandsandfairydust.com

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  10. Hopping through. I hadn't thought about interesting settings. A great locale definitely makes me keep going just because I want to armchair travel.
    My Hop

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  11. Hi again, I wouldn't normally impose but I learned today that my blog's access was restricted earlier so if u came by before it is OPEN again.
    I am concerned b/c I have an author guest today w/ my revu tomorrow, contest all wknd for Dani Harper's Changeling Dream.

    <a href="http://fangswandsandfairydust.com”)> Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust</a>
    @fangswandsfairy

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  12. I've been so guilty of trudging through a book that I didn't like from the beginning. There are a few surprises in books that then grab me a little later on, but man they're not easy! I'm not one to like to know everything either.

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  13. Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm following your blog.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka
    www.pedanticphooka.com

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  14. Hey Meg!
    Great answer! I agree with you about the beginnings of books...if they don't grab me right away, I begin to lose interest. I love characters that come alive off the page and in a way, become dear friends. Thanks for sharing and have a great Fourth :)

    Rebecca
    www.readingwithrebecca.blogspot.com

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  15. A first chapter must draw me in by either interesting locale, quirky character traits or high level of suspense, otherwise I might not make it too far with so many unread books on my shelves.

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  16. Mood and characters for me, if they just don't feel right I get bored and can't get into it.

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