I’ve read a lot of books. A lot. Some I finish; some I don’t get past the first few pages. The big question is why. As a reader I wonder this, but even more as a writer. The last thing I want to think is that someone picked up one of my books and didn’t finish it. The horror!!!
For me it’s the hook, or hooks. A good hook in the beginning can carry me a long way. In I AM NUMBER FOUR, that amazing beginning carried me through to almost the end. It would have carried me to the very end if my adorable younger sister didn’t tell me that my favorite character wasn’t going to make it.
Hooks given along the way help; secret little drops of loveliness that keep you aching for more. The TWILIGHT books, any of them, are a good example of this. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. And when I was done I immediately started all over again in case I missed something.
That’s what I want; my readers flipping the pages so fast they miss things, and then they go back and read it again.