You may be familiar with the stories... being lured to books by popular consensus, a teacher, the cover, or how about this one; a reader telling you about a book he or she has read that sounds interesting, so you get the book only to come upon one more reason why you strongly dislike reading.
By knowing the Top 5 Parts of a Book will help ensure a better reading experience for the book selected.
I’ll start with the Copyright Page. Knowing approximately when a story was written is a quick way to gauge, or engage interest. While I can get into any story, (with provisions…see below for more); I do appreciate knowing in advance whether I’m about to move into an authentic “old-fashioned” story, or a story that’s written from a more current perspective.
The Synopsis is critical, and needs to be no more than two or three sentences. For me, one sentence is preferable since I rarely read past the first sentence.
The Author Bio is another excellent way to gauge, or engage interest. For instance…I do want to read a former U.S. DA whose written mainstream crime novels, suddenly switching keyboards to pluck out a sweet sappy erotic love novel; or the grandfather who at 72 deciding to try his hand at doing something new and exciting. Often it’s the author’s backstory that puts more magic into the story.
The Title however, is often my true songstress. And that’s title, not the picture or art on the cover. How to Be Black • A Nation of Wusses • Sh*t My Dad Says • Something's Wrong with Your Scale • The Crisis Before Midlife • Diary of a Beverly Hills Matchmaker… all books I selected by the title. Okay, so there was a little bias in selecting the Wuss book. It did help that Rendell wrote the book, which takes me back to the Author often being a pivotal deciding factor.
Above all, it’s that First Page that is the kicker! It generally spells the ‘all she (or he) wrote’. While first pages are not absolute indicators about how good a book will eventually be, there is no greater primal joy than opening a book and knowing right away "I’ve got to keep reading."