When A Book Hooks You

I just started reading a new book, and while I enjoy starting a new book, I am usually a little hesitant when it is a new book by an author that I haven’t read. It’s not that I don’t think the book will be good. It’s that I hope the new author I’m about to read is going to be good, and I look for that one point in the book where I know the book will be a good one for me. I’m sure everyone has this moment in a book. Sometimes it happens early in the book and other times it happens later, with the later payoff being worth it. It’s that moment when the book finally hooks you, and you have to finish reading it.

I actually discovered this point very early on in the book that I just started reading. The book is called Old Man’s War by John Scalzi, and it is a book that I’ve had for about two years now. I finally got around to reading it this week, and I quickly fell in the love with the book based off of one moment early on. Here is the exerpt:


That for me is the hook that made me realize this book is one I’m going to enjoy, and I am. I’m just over 1/3rd through the book. I’ve been enjoying the story quite a bit, and the lead character sounds like an older version of myself, so it plays out well in my head. If a book never gives me that hook then it ends up being a book that I don’t enjoy. For me the hook can be humor, some really great action, or some really awesome writing. In this case, it is the humor that really made me start to enjoy this one.

I’d love to know what hooks you into a book. Is there something that just draws you in every time that you read? Let me know in the comments!

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