Wednesday, April 28, 2010

A Conference Highlight

I live in a town where Wal-Mart and Payless Shoes are the only places to shoe shop. So, while I was at the afore mentioned writers' conference, I snuck away during the hour break before dinner to get some desperately needed running shoes (mine are four years old!).

I walked into Famous Footwear and didn't make it to the back of the store where all the boring tennis shoes are kept. Nope. Something caught my eye and I experienced euphoria (see picture at left).

Books are just like those shoes. If you can catch your reader on the first page with something so totally awesome that they can't put the book down, you've got a winner.

I walked out of the store with those shoes on. They were one of the highlights of the entire conference. And who needs running shoes? Besides, after wearing these shoes all day, I can hardly walk--let alone run!

What book can you recall off the top of your head that had you hooked by page two?

33 comments:

Danyelle said...

You forgot to mention that you looked fabulous. ;-)

Pretty much anything by Patricia McKillip or Terry Pratchett will hook me right away. :)

Falen said...

oooh - too bad you don't have a DSW - we have 4-5 of those around, so plenty of shoe shopping opportunities.

Umm Hunger Games most recently. And the Brent Weeks trilogy

Mary Campbell said...

Those shoes were awesome and I'm not a shoe person. I'm Not A Serial Killer hooked me - just read it. Anything by Janette Rallison, Sara Zarr and Shannon Hale hooks me.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

The Maze Runner - hook, line, and sinker! :-)

LOVE the shoes, btw!

Kayeleen Hamblin said...

The Hunger Games grabbed me from the first sentence. A lot of books do that. I just love to read.

Love those shoes. I need a nice pair like that.

Carolyn V. said...

LOL! I love your shoes! I need running shoes too.

I was hooked on tons of books - It's getting me to the second chapter that's hard. =)

Kristi Helvig said...

I LOVE those shoes! If I got running shoes, it'd only make me feel like I should run - which I don't. I'd much rather wear those pink ones. :)

JoLynne Lyon said...

Hunger Games had me by page two. And while it was a much sweeter story, so did The Tale of Despereaux. I don't remember the first page of Peace Like a River anymore, but I'll never forget the book.

Those shoes are fabulous.

Slamdunk said...

The Mrs. would love to be somewhere with actual shoe shopping options for couple of hours.

On your question, if the book does not hook me by the first few pages, I put it down--so Ten Degrees of Reckoning is the last book that got me.

Candyland said...

Gorgeous shoes! Running shoes are over-rated:)
I was hooked by Amy Reed's "Beautiful" in the book stare and sat and read half the book...

Angie said...

Cute, cute shoes! It was so fun to see you again. One book that grabbed me right from the start was Stoneheart by Charlie Fletcher.

Bish Denham said...

I can only wish my feet would fit into a pair of shoes like that! They would scream nasties at me for even trying. Terry Pratchett catches me right of the bat as does Kate DiCamillo and Laurie Halse Anderson

G said...

The last book of fiction that I read:

"Fashionista" by Erica Kennedy.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Great analogy. I've been thinking of how writing is like gardening lately while out in my garden.

The Shifter by Janice Hardy and Shiver by Meggie Stievater are two books I couldn't put down.

Medeia Sharif said...

There are too many books to name. It's always a good sign when the first sentence or first page hooks me in immediately. I hate it when I have to go through a slow or confusing beginning to get to the good part.

Jen said...

Love the comparison, my two best friends: shoes and books!!

The Truth Tellers Tale by Sharon Shinn

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

I know I cheat but I liked these two and they were the first TWO that came in my mind.

Jemi Fraser said...

I have so many problems with my feet I'd make it about 3 steps in those shoes! But I'd love them for all 3 of those steps!

Great analogy too. Hope my beginning is pink and sassy.

Stephanie McGee said...

Those shoes are darling! I'm jealous!

As for books.

The first Harry Potter. Tamora Pierce's books.

Those are the ones I can think of right off.

Jennie Englund said...

FOUR years?

Girl, you got to get yourself some SHOES!

--

The book that hooked me?

STILL ALICE.

Most deinitely.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Too many to name here!

Thanks for the reminder. I need to get new runners. :)

Elana Johnson said...

Those shoes were fabu! And I have to admit that it takes me about 20 - 25 pages to truly be hooked. And I always give books 100 pages before I decide if I'm going to finish it. I usually do.

:)

CMOM Productions said...

Beautiful shoes! I always get distracted by a good pair of boots.

As far as a book that had me hooked by page 2... My oldest son (7) wanted to read the Percy Jackson series. I picked it up and was sucked in along with my son! lol "Paper, Scissors, Death" by Joanna Campbell Slan had me peaked fairly quickly as well.

Jenn Johansson said...

I'll have you know that those are officially my favorite shoes ever.

Ever.

:) I had that reaction to "Ender's Game" and "I'm Not a Serial Killer"

OfficeGirl said...

Those shoes=sweetnesss!

Um lets see..book..
Definately Hunger Games had me hooked and this is going to sound corny but...Percy Jackson (1) had me hooked too!! I know, Im a geek!!

B.J. Anderson said...

Drizzle by Kathleen Van Cleve! And those are seriously awesome shoes. :D

Wendy Sparrow said...

"I kissed a Zombie and I liked it" (which I posted about today) and "The Boy Next Door" by Meg Cabot. The shoes ARE awesome.

Shelby said...

Time traveler's wife. awesome. hey, the shoes are hot.

Nichole Giles said...

Yep, and those shoes looked totally sexy on you. I totally get the shoe love thing. Really.

Good call.

It was so good to finally meet you last week.

Donna said...

OMG--I saw that picture of the shoes and could barely bring myself to tear my eyes away from them--shiny! =D

Lilly Jones said...

That was lovely.
The analogy with the books. The liberation in buying something unplanned. The spirit behind treating yourself. And the actual shoes too (lol).

LJ

Olivia Carter said...

I can't believe I forgot to comment on these shoes! They are HOT! Seriously, I want them!

Girl with One Eye said...

Oh Bethany! I LOVE STEVE MADDEN! We are like best friends. Him, me, BCBG, Sometimes Jessica Simpson and currently I am having a love affair with a pair of Coach shoes. Darn they make my ankles look pretty.

Yes, Maggie Stiefvater had me in the first page for sure. Hook line and sinker!

Great post, I love shoes...Fashion before comfort, ANYDAY.

Bethany Wiggins said...

Thanks for the shoe love guys! I love them to pieces.