Sunday, March 5, 2017

[Book Blogger Hop] Slow Burn Beginnings Vs. Diving Right In

Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a "hop". The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another. 

This Week's Question:
When you start reading a novel, do you prefer to be plunged right into the action, or do you prefer a slower, more descriptive introduction to the plot and characters? 

My Answer:
When it all comes down to it, I think it depends on the genre of book, how the author has written the overall storyline, and how the timeline is organized.

Usually, I do enjoy being plunged right into the action because that usually gets me hooked right away. I love when book start off at a run, and then the narrator chimes in to say something along the lines of, "You're probably wondering how I found myself in this situation. Well..." and then we get the full backstory. I also enjoy when we pick right up in the middle of the action, but then slowly get flashbacks here and there until we have gotten the full story.

What I don't appreciate is when we pick up in the middle of the action and have no idea what is happening. For a short time, I can roll with it. But after a few pages (or worse, a few chapters), if I'm still totally lost, I will put the book down.

Here are a few examples of where I thought jumping right into the action worked really well:

  • Bird Box by Josh Malarian
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • You Belong to Me by Mary Higgins Clark 

Thanks for reading!
What are some other books you've read that start out right in the middle of the action?



  1. Oooh Bird Box was so spooky! I need to try reading The Graveyard Book again. I remember it being slow in the beginning! I am thinking I picked it up at the wrong time, which made it hard to be invested. Good list!

    1. The Graveyard Book is definitely slow! But I would highly recommend giving it another go! There's also a graphic novel you gotta check out! :)