Sunday, March 13, 2016

SFF: The 5 Books That Had You at "Hello"

Sunday Fun Five #49:

#48: The 5 Paper Books You Treasure Most
#49: The 5 Books That Had You at "Hello"
For the 27th of March: #50: The 5 Résumé-Worthy Talents of the Average Book Blogger

A Countdown of

The 5 Books That Had You at "Hello"

Seldom do I sit down and start reading a book until I have to sleep/eat/do human things, but with these books, well... they were very hard for me to put down once I polished off the first chapter.

5. The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Usually, longer books don't hold my attention too well with their beginnings because I know I'm in for a long read, but this one was different. Maybe it was the setting or the mythology, but something about it was just magical- it had me hooked.

4. Vicious (Vicious #1) by V.E. Schwab 
I had been anticipating reading this book for what seemed like ages until I was able to get it for a decent price. Generally, that means my expectations are too high to be met, but not with this book. Maybe because I'm a supervillain at heart?

3. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter (The Fall of the Gas-lit Empire #1) by Rod Duncan
My favorite alternate history/steampunk crossdresser, Elizabeth Barnabus, had me salivating over her adventures from the start. I hadn't known what to expect going in to read this book, and that's likely why I liked it so much and why it was so addictive. It was very much my cup of coffee.

2. My Man Jeeves (Jeeves #1) by P.G. Wodehouse
This one is unusually well-paced for a classic, perhaps because it is 1) a comedy, 2) short stories, and 3) delightfully zany. It is also a relatively short read, so if it ends up it isn't your thing, you haven't wasted too much time. I was surprised how quickly I gobbled it up- usually, even with books I love, they take a while for me to read.

1. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Millennium Trilogy #1) by Stieg Larsson
This one could almost go into the category of macabre thrills like watching a car accident. You can't help but look/read on after a few chapters, wondering what might happen next. When something happens, you think, "No, that couldn't have happened- this has to get happier," a sentiment which continues throughout the book. This one is definitely not for the faint of heart- I felt it the level of content was "worse" than A Game of Thrones... and yet I still enjoyed it.

What are some books that you couldn't stop reading from the first chapter? What was it about them that had you hooked?


  1. Oo, great question! The book that I remember most recently feeling this way about was Claire North's Touch -- the premise was so crazy and the narrative voice so captivating that I knew I was in from the jump.

    1. I'll have to check that one out! I love it when it doesn't take much effort to slip into a new book- sometimes when a book is boring me to start with, I feel like a little less of a super-reader.
      Thanks for stopping by and sharing, Jenny! :)
      ~Litha Nelle

  2. Ooo... I have The Golem and the Jinni on my Kindle! The last book I couldn't put down was The Serpent King (after I got past the first 20%, ha ha). Someday I will get to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I saw a self-pub in the Goodreads giveaways titled The Girl With the Turtle Tattoo. I was cracking up. XD

    1. The Girl With the Turtle Tattoo? Sounds too hardcore for me... ;)
      I'll keep an eye out for the Serpent King- I generally don't read contemporary, but it's hard to know what I'll like or dislike.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, La La!
      ~Litha Nelle

  3. I love it when a book grabs me and holds on like that. :-) I haven't read any of the books you list other than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but a few are on my TBR pile or wish list, especially The Golem and the Jinni .

    1. Yes, I love that feeling too! If only it happened with every book I read...
      The Golem and the Jinni reminds me of an atmospheric historical fiction with magical beings as protagonists- but it read faster than most historical fictions. I love the way it portrayed New York.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Wendy!
      ~Litha Nelle


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