I is for Introduction

Posted April 10, 2014 in Uncategorized / Leave a comment!



(in·tro·duc·tion) a preliminary part, as of a book, musical composition, or the like, leading up to the main part.

Everyone knows that the introduction is a HUGE part of a book. It’s what gets a reader hooked. By introduction I just mean the start of the book. The part that introduces the characters, the scene, etc. If an author can’t do this, then I can’t even start a book. I need to be hooked right away or I’ll forget about the book and never pick it up again. I think the majority of books have a good intro since I finish almost all of them. STILL it’s an essential part of a book.

Something I really hate is when the introduction is really, really boring but then the book gets awesome after. I get confused because I’m so annoyed by the start that I can’t really wrap my head around the rest of the book. It’s just something I’ve noticed before, unfortunately.

Here’s some books that really got me hooked:

  • The Moon and More (Or anything by Sarah Dessen)

I find she’s really good at setting the story. I love the summer beach feel she always uses and she’s good at keeping the stories nice and light at the start.

  • The Book Thief

This was a book that I normally wouldn’t have read but because the intro got me hooked, I was able to finish it and actually really enjoyed it.

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Everyone knows this is a fantastic book right? But I LOVE the beginning of this series. I love how Harry is so innocent and everything is so bright and new when he first gets to Hogwarts. This book wouldn’t have been half as amazing without the great intro.


What are your favourite introductions? I’d love to hear!


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4 responses to “I is for Introduction

  1. I love Julie Garwood & Julie Ann Long prologues. They set you up perfectly. With book introductions I do not like when the author tries to overload the reading with a ton of characters. I get so confused. Who are the main character supposed to be? I need to have a sound foundation in the introduction so I get where the story will go and who the story is about. I prefer the introductions to have a backstory with history.

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