My Favorite Book Hooks

Word Lily recently had a post about the things that make her want to pick up that book – “book hooks”. Coming up with a list sounded like such fun, so I thought I’d give it a try, too.

Off the top of my head, here are 20 things that will make me pick up a book:

1. magic in our world, preferably with wizards

2. a bookstore (the cozier it sounds, the better)

3. food

4. art

5. a mystery

6. psychic powers

7. a Cinderella angle

8. an underdog

9. a library

10. a museum

11. detectives (I especially like a team)

12. very smart kids

13. computer whizzes

14. ghosts

15. artifacts

16. self-discovery

17. hidden talents

18. codes/ciphers

19. Arthur/Merlin. Preferably now rather than the past.

20. strange quirks

I usually like a combination of these hooks, but if a book has at least one, I’m sure to pick it up and take a closer look. If you haven’t read Word Lily’s post yet, check it out – she’s got a great list of book hooks up.

What about you? Are there any specific hooks that virtually guarantee you’ll give a book a closer look?

22 thoughts on “My Favorite Book Hooks

    1. Belle

      Thanks for the link, Margot. I’m having problems loading it right now, but I’ll definitely check it out later.

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  1. Stephanie

    Very fun post! I have a few, kind of strange, hooks. For some reason, I am very apt to pick up books on teenage pregnancy. And anything that has to do with Charles Manson will catch my eye too.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

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  2. Margot

    For me it would be intelligent, quirky characters working in a cozy bookstore who have just discovered a misplaced shipment of coded books that spies are now literally dying to get their hands on. Wait – Add in a cozy bakery next door to the bookstore.
    .-= Margot´s last blog ..Book Review: True Blue =-.

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    1. Belle

      LOL I want to read that book, too, Margot – when you find it, don’t forget to email me the name of it. And if there’s a chance there King Arthur and Merlin might play a role, that’s even better!

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  3. Robyn Campbell

    Coffee, cozy bookstore too, any picture books or anything MG since those are what I write, the actual smell of coffee or winter. Plus about 50 other things that are too long to list here. Great post, Belle.

    Oh and I’m definitely doing the fitness challenge. FOR SURE! *she looks down at her fatness* FOR SURE! :0)
    .-= Robyn Campbell´s last blog ..Strong characters =-.

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  4. Jenners

    What a great question!!!! I definitely have to do this one sometime!!! It is a neat thing to think about — and it definitely tells everyone something about you as a reader.

    I enjoyed reading your list! Wouldn’t it be fun to imagine a book that combined all 20 of these! : )
    .-= Jenners´s last blog ..Review: Kane & Abel by Jeffrey Archer =-.

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