In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
The Death of a Witch by M. C. Beaton
The Case of the Lost Boy (The Buddy Files) by Dori Hillestad Butler
The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima
Raining Cats and Dog Sitters by Blaize Clement
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill
Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Bats at the Ballgame by Brian Lies
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones by Judy Schachner
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
The Terrible Secrets of the Tell-All Club by Catherine Stier
The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Wangari’s Trees of Peace by Jeanette Winter
Lately, it feels like I’ve started more books than I finished. I think this is a serious book reviewer issue. I’ll try to read just about anything but if the beginning doesn’t grab me really fast, I flip to the end. Not intriguing? Then I don’t read on and simply plunk it back into the library bag. If I’m ho hum on a book, I do this same thing and if the ending is too predictable, then I don’t read on. Seriously, I should not know on page 25 of a 200+ page book how it will end. Surprise me. I mean it!
Other books, even books that have been getting scads of publicity, have failed to enchant simply because the writing is ho hum. Nope. I do not tolerate ho hum.
A story doesn’t have to be life or death to get my attention. Some of the best ways to grab me are:
- Characters I can identify with.
- Vivid illustrations that carry part of the story (obviously only in picture books).
Do you get it? Humor is a biggie. It won’t keep me reading something that bores me, but with humor, I will give the story longer to develop than I will without.
What grabs you in a good story?