I find that, for me, books fall into two categories:
There is rarely an in-between.
I've been wondering: What makes a 3-day book?
I’ve been thinking about this both because I’ve been a bored reader lately — I've failed to find books that really grab me — and because I got feedback on the second draft of my novel GURU.
The consensus was overwhelmingly, “This is well-written…but boring.”
It’s definitely not a 3-day book.
And identifying what does make one can be tricky. I’m not sure what the 3-day books I love have in common.
Here are a few of my favorite page-turners from the last couple of years:
They’re not all obviously pulp fiction suspense; three are memoirs, one is nonfiction. Nine of these 10 books have a first-person narrator; this seems to be something I'm specifically drawn to.
I suppose what they all have in common is that I couldn't stop asking, What happens next?
But turning What happens next? into actionable editing steps for my manuscript isn't as easy as saying, My narrator's POV should be first-person.
To be sure, there are infinite writing tips, courses, and books that (attempt to) teach writing an unputdownable book. Don't worry; I'm wading through those as I completely rethink some aspects of GURU.
What I want to know is — what are your page-turners? And why?