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)
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
17. hidden talents
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?