Friday, July 1, 2011

Book Blogger Hop #2 (7/1/11)

Book Blogger Hop

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?

For me, the overall skill level of the author is what makes me want to keep reading a book beyond the first few pages. If I'm seeing that he/she has a good grip on how to write the story in a conversational voice, especially if the style isn't too "purple", or flowery, then I'm inclined to really give that story a chance, provided I'm already interested in the book's premise.

Of course, it doesn't hurt if the author has created a really great hook to reel me in. I love to see a character totally unknown to me doing or saying something that makes me want to find out why they are doing the unusual, or interesting thing they are doing. But, mostly, I look for writing that is polished and exhibits great skill to get me thinking that a book has potential to hold my interest beyond the first scene.

That was a great question!




  1. 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!

  2. Hi Cathy! Yay for another fan of paranormal fiction! It's my very favorite genre:) Based on your TBR pile, it looks like we have similar taste in books so I'm glad to have found your blog though the hop! I'm a new follower and I hope you have a great weekend:)

  3. Hi Cathy. I found you on the Hop. I love paranormal books as well and very glad to have found a new blog to follow.

  4. 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 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

  5. @Deb: Thanks for the giveaway info. I'm in!

    @Jenny: I'm glad I found another person who shares the same interest in books! Thanks for being a new follower. I'll be hopping over to your blog, as well.

    @Gwenny: Thanks for taking the time to read my blog post! It's nice to meet you. Thanks for following!

    @Howard: I think it is a trick question, too. Everybody has different opinions on what good writing is, so I had to explain a bit of what I think makes writing good, for me, at least. Still, I love this question. Thanks for stopping by! Happy 4th to you, too!

  6. Hi, am your new seventh (lucky seven!)follower. I like quality writing, and sincerity. The sincerity is something entirely subjective and carries across all art forms. I agree that a conversational voice is much better than expository writing. Come on by.<a href="”)> Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust</a>

  7. @Steph: Wow! Thanks for following. I am lucky for sure. And thanks for stopping by. I'll go visit your blog next.

  8. Hey
    Hopping by! I tend to put a book down if the writing is too flowery. I just started a book this morning with a hilarious opening that hooked me straight away!
    (Check out my Giveaway if you get a chance!)

  9. Hopping through. New follower! I am pretty generous with books, but I can't stand overly flower writing. I don't want the prose to get in the way of the plot.
    My Hop

  10. @ Lucy: Thanks for stopping by! I'll go check out your giveaway.

    @ Alison: Thanks for following! It seems a lot of readers don't like overly flowery writing, me included. Like you said, it really does take away from the plot. It can get distracting if overdone.

  11. Happy Follow Friday! I am a follower! Hope you will stop by

    Emma Michaels

  12. @ Emma: Thanks for following! I follow your blog now, too.

  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

  14. Thanks, Pedantic, for the info on your giveaway!


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