Wed
Jun 25 2014 7:15am

How Long Does it Take for You to Know Your Current Book is Going to be Amazing?

Last week, Heather, Jenn, and Megan debriefed the H&H Community with what we're each thinking about/obsessing over.

Although only seven pages in (at the time), it was clear to your Morning Coffee-er that Loretta Chase's Vixen in Velvet was going to be an incredible read.

For one thing, it's Loretta Chase. For another, the hero and heroine meet and flirt in the very first scene, and then she keeps adding layers to what is likely to happen, so that within just a few pages you are delightedly anticipating the rest of the book.

What's the shortest amount of time you've read a book and just known it was going to work for you? How long does it take for you to know your current book is going to be amazing?

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8 comments
Lucy D
1. Lucy D
If a book can grab you and hold on within the first 10 pages, it really is a treasure. There are certain authors who can always grab my attention from those first few pages and I know I won't be bored or disappointed.

I would say the quickest grab was Rebecca Zanetti's first Dark Protectors book, Fated. It had me by Page 2 with a midnight rescue and a psychic 4 year old who knew they were coming and that their lives were all going to change from there on out.
Jennifer Proffitt
2. JenniferProffitt
Okay, I sent myself an email about this because I was reading a book last night and this is the line (at the end of Chapter 2) when I KNEW this was going to be just the book I needed. It was Roni Loren's Need You Tonight:
"Because you didn't wait a whole year only to waste a night with some guy who's unsure of himself."
...
"I may be cocky, but I'm not going to fumble around. I'm not going to lie back and wait for you to take the lead. I'm going to feed you the best meal of your life. Bite by bite. Then I'm going to fuck you. And I promise, when you wake up tomorrow, you won't remember the food."
The heroine, Tessa, swoons and so do I. That last line was what clinched it for me!
lauralee1912
3. lauralee1912
Most recently, It Happened One Wedding by Julie James grabbed me from the first page with the description of the failed date and Vaughn's observations. I didn't get much work done around the house that weekend.

I just finished reading The Art of Arranging Flowers by Lynne Branard. Took me a few chapters to get pulled into the story, then I had a little book hangover last night after finishing the book.
Lucy D
4. Scarlettleigh
@lauralee1912 -- I am so glad that you enjoyed The Art of Arranging Flowers. I think it took me a little time to get into it too, but then it just grabbed me.

Recently I had my own book hangover from One Plus One by JoJo Moyes-- I stayed almost to 2 A.M. My thoughts on it will be included in the Women's Fiction Round Up for July.

And I also thought the intro to the new Julie James book was good.



For my own reading- since I read almost all my books on my Kindle- If a book didn't grab me with the sample then I don't buy it.

I can tell if there is the potential for me to love the book within the first chapter. There is just a sense of oh, this author is using my favorite plot devices, or the dialogue is going to be outstanding, etc. Or if the author is an auto buy and I just pre-ordered it then there is also a sense of disappointment when something feels off-kilter -- when she using plot devices or characterizations that I don't care for.
Kareni
5. Kareni
It varies from book to book. The Martian: A Novel by Andy Weir is not at all my usual read; however, I could tell it was going to be good after the first couple of sentences.
lauralee1912
6. lauralee1912
@ Scarlettleigh - Through trial and error, I've also learned the habit of reading the sample before buying books on Amazon or All Romance for my Kindle. The sample has to pull me in or I don't buy the book or request it from the library, especially when some of the eBooks are as much as print!

@ Kareni - I have The Martian on my Wish List. I read the sample and am thinking both my husband and I would like the book.
Kareni
7. Kareni
lauralee1912, I read so many snippets to my husband - and he was so intrigued - that we now have the book on CD to listen to on an upcoming trip. I hope you and your husband both enjoy it.
Lucy D
8. Holly1972
The earliest I have ever been pulled into a book was Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone when Professor Dumbledore is standing on Privet Drive useing his light Put-outer. From then on I was hooked for the entire series
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