We all have that book that captured us instantly. When we first read it, we would be so engrossed in the story that we wouldn’t even remember turning the pages. 661 more words
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Tom Palmer, in the Guardian, recently published his top 10 books for reluctant and dyslexic readers, and the results made for interesting reading for me, as a writer on children’s literature and a primary school librarian. 362 more words
I’ve read several articles this week about the importance of a book’s beginning and how to write a compelling first line.
This is interesting to me as a writer because I (naturally) want to captivate readers, and it’s fascinating as a reader because I absolutely agree that the opening of a book is crucial: if I’ve liked a novel enough to pick it up, I need to be convinced by the first few sentences that it’s going to be a good read and worth my investment of time and money, otherwise I’ll put it straight back down and find something I like better. 422 more words