|Connection? Yep! Couldn't put this|
Chapter one of any book is the Decision Point for me - either I'm hooked or I'm not. And if I find myself preferring to turn the light off than read any further, I'll fling the book aside and pick up another.
It's pretty straightforward, except that sometimes this decision is made for strange reasons. Or even a complete lack of reason. Books are somewhat mysterious things, with a lack of science that defies all logic. There are books that are perfectly well written, with what sounds like a great storyline - but I just can't get past that first chapter.
For a child, page one is Decision Point. There are some books I choose for Abbey that I'm sure she'll love - they have gorgeous pictures and a good storyline - but she'll fling them aside by the end of that first page if they don't grab her. And then there are books that I try to hide from her because they're so awful (don't judge unless you too have been subjected to some of the horrible books out there!), but she'll track them down and demand them again and again.
To me, it's all about connection.
It's the reason that a publisher can't tell you what they're looking for in a manuscript, that intangible factor that eludes all description.
Some capture our imaginations, and others don't. Some we can see when we close our eyes, we can feel as we read the text, and whether we love or hate the characters they feel real to us. Connection is not something that can be forced or contrived. If it's not there, it's just not there. End of story.
I'm in need of new books to feel a connection with. I have some reading space wide open and nothing to fill it.
So tell me - what are your current favourite reads?
(I've kickstarted things with my latest fave, see the picture above - Kylie Ladd's new book, Last Summer. Love!)