Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What keeps you reading?

As we are considering how to create an essay (whether research based or personal), I want you to tell me what keeps you interested when you are reading something.

When you are reading (for some of you that is ... if you are reading), what is it that makes you finish the article, book, or website? What strategies does that particular author use that draws you in and keeps you there? Give an example of a work or an author that kept you interested.

22 comments:

KatieM1 said...

It has to have a point to it and not a lot of inner meanings. The author may have put a couple foreshadowing elements in there for the plot, but I dont think most authors intend their book to be read and analyzed to the T by high school students either. If they do, then their work probably stinks in the first place.

maxg3 said...

i don't really know, but if it's a topic i'm already interested in, that helps.

jonathann6 said...

Personally, I think that the subject matter is more important than the writer's style when speaking of keeping the readers hooked. I could care less about how the writer writes; I pay more attention to the point of the essay, article, etc. However, I think the opposite goes for novels or short fiction. Keeping a reader hooked that long requires greater skills of foreshadowing, clinchers, and plot development.

ColeT3 said...

Well honestly i don't read. Besides harry potter i probably haven't read a book all the way through in probably 5 years. So i guess i just read sparknotes for everything. Harry Potter is good because the subject matter is compelling and every chapter ends by making you want to read the next.

Hazelc5 said...

I really like stories that are fantastic. Like Harry Potter and things of that nature. I just think that they have a great plot. I also like John Grisham books just because they have cliff hangers. I am not a big fan of books that have inner meaning. When I am reading for enjoyment i don't like to look for inner thoughts. I just like to read stories.

AshtonH1 said...

When I am reading an article the things that keep me hooked are action based stories and those that deal with the miniscule details. I think that great writers tell more about the big picture and leave out the useless information. A few authors that have kept me wanting to read more are: James Patterson, John Grisham, and JK Rowling.

ally irwin said...

A good introduction sentence keeps me reading. It has to spark my attention. I like when people have strong opinions and incorporate it into their paper. The authors voice is important and I like it when the author has a sense of humor. I like when people tell stories in their papers or tell success stories. Also, it aways helps if it is a topic that I am intrested in.

lillyb5 said...

If the story keeps me in suspense to what is happening next, then I will continue reading it. A story has to keep me on the edge of my seat. If it is not a suspense story, it has to be a topic i am really interested in. I really dont enjoy reading though, so a book has to be really good for me to finish it.

LibbyB6 said...

I think that if something is a mystery it definitely keeps me reading. If it is something that I can predict then I will not finish. I do love to read, though.

calliek3 said...

What keeps me reading is book that has humor and a good love story, i really like the cute girly love stories or just good like heart wrenching stories or mysteries. I love nicholas sparks and meg cabot.

BakerB3 said...

I don't read that much anyway. It would have to be a good cliff hanger to make me go to the next chapter.

Johnf5 said...

It just has to be something that I am somewhat familiar with. That usually gives me the impression that I am furthering my knowledge lof a topic. Or it could just be some subject that is really out there that captures my attention. But to be honest, not very often do I finish books and articles.

walkerd3 said...

What keeps me reading is when one of my friends tells me they read a really good book and I should read it. So then I know it is not going to be a dull book. Other than that what makes me finish a book is the anticipation to know the end of the story.

cward3 said...

The most appropriate time or shall I say the most convenient time to read is during spring break or a vacation to the islands. I find it to be very therapeutic to leisure on the beach with an easy read. If I were in the mood for something a bit more stimulating to the brain it would be News Week, because most of the issues discussed are current events. I love heated debates and politics are a focus in such a magazine as Newsweek.

austinm1 said...

When I get on the internet and the news headlines come up, it's only a sentence or phrase to capture your interest. The writer will always say something interesting about the topic, but will never put enough information on the main page to satisfy you. It is always "click here to continue reading." The author is good if he gets you to click to the rest of the article.

charlotteg3 said...

I enjoy reading if a story has a good plot; if that is the case i can sit for hours and read. I cannot read if the story is in really small print, I get distracted and stop reading

HannonK6 said...

I hate reading required books because somehow they have to do with a deeper meaning that I'm supposed to catch onto and never do. So I would rather read girly books such as the one I'm reading now, Everyone Worth Knowing. Every friday, I buy four magazines to catch up on what's going on in Hollywood.

willh6 said...

I do not really know what keeps me reading. If I think that it is interesting I will probably keep reading it.

DorieF5 said...

I love when authors end a chapter with mystery or something that wants to keep you reading because you want to find out what happens. The little suspense keeps me interested and I never want to put the book down! but I haven't read many of those... believe it or not! I really do like Nicholas Sparks because he does this with his books and always keeps me interested and wondering what is going to happen next. cya tomorrow!

stus6 said...

The thing that keeps me reading a book is that it hangs at the end of the chapters with the climax of an event about to happen.

maxg3 said...

it helps when its not boring and really drawn out. it can get very bad very quickly. or if it's written in a weird way.

petersloan06 said...

what makes me keep reading is an excellent question, one i have thougght about in passing before, but never taken the time to explore. one that the auther is showing me tht he/she has a great answer to, which they wont reveal un til the end.