I was shocked when, in my top set English class, more than a half of the people in it said that they didn’t enjoy reading and didn’t do it often. So that got me thinking: what does a good book need to include to interest people and keep them reading?
Here is my list of things:-
- A good beginning- I like to be straight in on the action. If I’m not hooked on the first chapter, I doubt I will be hooked on the whole book and want to read on.
- Good characterization- If you don’t like any of the characters, how will you feel apart of that story world? How will you feel the character’s feelings?
- Good settings- I find that if I can’t imagine the world I’m stepping in to, then I’ll never be able to enjoy the novel I’m reading. I love to be able to dream about settings afterward, imagining things that happen there daily, and if I can’t visualize it then I’ll never be able to do that!
This is just a few of the things that I like to see in a book.
What sort of things do you look for?
Britishmystery13 September, 2012 at 5:49 pm
Lol! This is such a coincidence as the same thing happened in my English class. There was only 3 who liked to read out of our whole class.
In a book I always look for a good story line to keep me interested and I think a book should have a good blurb to get the reader to want to read the book.
Lucy13 September, 2012 at 7:48 pm
I was really disgusted with my classmates. I can’t understand how people can hate reading so much!
Bookaholic 00716 September, 2012 at 7:21 am
Oh my gosh I know! Like my friends say they “like” reading but as soon as the “popular kids” say reading sucks, so do my friends. I wish people would read more, its one of THE best things EVER. 😀 I totally agree with you, I like a book to grab me from the start 😀
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