20 Books That Will Hook You From the Very First Page

Posted by Hayley on February 6, 2016
Readers can be patient people, but sometimes we want a book that grabs us right from the start—a story that'll have us flipping pages after only a few moments of bookstore browsing or ereader previewing. We asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a book that hooked you from the very first page? Check out the books that received the most shout-outs below!


The Martian
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Big Little Lies
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The Kite Runner
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Beloved
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In the Woods
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The Book Thief
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Fangirl
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The Gunslinger
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Angela's Ashes
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The Time Traveler's Wife
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The Killing Floor
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The Rosie Project
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An Ember in the Ashes
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The Goldfinch
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Ready Player One
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The Shadow of the Wind
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The Eyre Affair
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A Suitable Boy
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Room
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A Discovery of Witches
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Did the books that hooked you not make the list? Don't keep them to yourself—share the titles with us in the comments!


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message 1: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Okay, first of all, The Book Thief definitely hooked me!

Second of all: The Lightning Thief. Honestly, what makes you want to read a book more than the narrator specifically telling you not to read the book at the very start!?

Third of all: Why have I only named books that end in 'thief'?????


message 2: by Carol (new)

Carol Blood in Her Veins by Faith Hunter grabbed me righ
t away and is still pulling me to the last page. I will hate to see it end.


message 3: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Miller Jurassic Park


message 4: by Kai (last edited Feb 06, 2016 08:09AM) (new)

Kai Van Hailstorm wrote: "Okay, first of all, The Book Thief definitely hooked me!

Second of all: The Lightning Thief. Honestly, what makes you want to read a book more than the narrator specifically telling you not to rea..."


Because they STOLE your attention from the start!! ;D


message 5: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Miller Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale


message 6: by Kandice (new)

Kandice I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith is just silly, fun, whimsical and sweet and the opening line conveys that all so perfectly.


message 7: by Corey (new)

Corey The Blade Itself will definitely hook you immediately.


message 8: by Shannon (new)

Shannon If you havent read Book Thief yet youre missing out on one of the greatest books of our time. Easily my favorite book, ever


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Currently reading A Suitable Boy. Totally agree.
Hooked from the starting.


message 10: by Subuhi (new)

Subuhi Karim Words in the dust by Trent Reedy


message 11: by Jackie (new)

Jackie "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold.


message 12: by Maria (new)

Maria Z Jackie wrote: ""The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold."

true. it was one haunting book that kept me hooked till the end


message 13: by Maria (new)

Maria Z I would add Paperboy by Vince Vawter to this list.
It might be a children's book but it was absolutely beautifully written start to finish!


message 14: by readingpenguin14 (new)

readingpenguin14 The girl who played with fire by Stieg Larsson


Pukhs (PukNukBOOKS) Alive book by Scott Sigler that book hooked me from its first line


message 16: by PATRICIA SAMSING (last edited Feb 06, 2016 08:38AM) (new)

PATRICIA SAMSING For its insights into the USA and Nigeria and what it is to be black in both countries
Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


message 17: by Carol (new)

Carol Meredith wrote: "Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale"
Can't find by this name. Author?


message 18: by A.J. (new)

A.J. Sefton Follow You Home by Mark Edwards.


message 19: by A.J. (new)

A.J. Sefton Shannon wrote: "If you havent read Book Thief yet youre missing out on one of the greatest books of our time. Easily my favorite book, ever"

...and I was not impressed. When I worked out that it was a children's book, it seemed better.


message 20: by Kat (last edited Feb 06, 2016 08:47AM) (new)

Kat Carol wrote: "Meredith wrote: "Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale"
Can't find by this name. Author?"

"The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, not sure about "Sarah's Key"


message 21: by Noorilhuda (new)

Noorilhuda most of the books on the list are over-hyped.


message 22: by Justin (new)

Justin Heard Corey wrote: "The Blade Itself will definitely hook you immediately."

Agreed. Also, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. I've never seen a better prologue.


message 23: by Lucy (new)

Lucy A Prayer for Owen Meany. John Irving. Utterly amazing!


message 24: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Miller Kat wrote: "Carol wrote: "Meredith wrote: "Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale"
Can't find by this name. Author?"
"The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, not sure about "Sarah's Key""


Sarah's Key, Tatiana de Rosnay. That book will never leave me.


message 25: by Meredith (new)

Meredith Miller Carol wrote: "Meredith wrote: "Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale"
Can't find by this name. Author?"


2 different books. Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield


message 26: by Jacky (new)

Jacky Burial Rites by Hannah Kent about the last execution in Iceland in 1829
Burial Rites


message 27: by Ruth Rushton (new)

Ruth Rushton A place Called Winter by Gale. Captivating right from the start!


message 29: by PB (new)

PB Hailstorm wrote: "Okay, first of all, The Book Thief definitely hooked me!

Second of all: The Lightning Thief. Honestly, what makes you want to read a book more than the narrator specifically telling you not to rea..."


:) There's no "Like" so I just sent a smiley. Those two are definitely great books, although not quite on the same level, but both worth reading


message 30: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Going Bovine, by Libba Bray. Perhaps one of the best, and most curious, first lines I've encountered followed by a weird, but intelligent and fascinating story that makes you think while it entertains.


message 31: by Caroline (new)

Caroline I am pleased to say I have read three of the books on the list.There are so many good books I have read it would be difficult to decide which ones hooked me straight off.


message 32: by Christy (new)

Christy Petersen Holloway Noorilhuda wrote: "most of the books on the list are over-hyped."

I agree about the Book Thief being over-hyped. It felt like an eighth grade assignment to me....DNF


message 33: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Christy wrote: "Noorilhuda wrote: "most of the books on the list are over-hyped."

I agree about the Book Thief being over-hyped. It felt like an eighth grade assignment to me....DNF"


Same. It left me largely luke warm.

I loved The Martian though, started reading it thinking it would be a family drama and was pleasantly suprised.


message 34: by Jan (new)

Jan Rogge The Art of Hearing Heartbeats


message 35: by Zelda (new)

Zelda Luke Smitherd's "In the darkness, that's where I'll know you (The complete blackroom story)". Yes, it starts out with a few f-bombs, just read past it, the whole book is not filled with them.


Black Bibliophile Giovanni's room by James Baldwin
God help the child by Toni Morrison


message 37: by Dr Rashmit (new)

Dr Rashmit Mishra some of it on my list to read , some i didn't know but now shifted to "want to read" and some i have "Read" it's a good list i say :)


message 38: by Sulan (new)

Sulan Off the top of my head The Storied life of A.J.Fikry, and I agree about the Martian :D
Yet, Im not sure a general type list is useful in this case cause different books may have this effect for different people, based on what they like. For example I've read a couple other books from this list and don't agree about them being very intersting..


message 39: by Chris (new)

Chris Porter Meredith wrote: "Sarah's Key, the Thirteenth Tale"

Sarah's Key is in my top 10!


message 40: by Terri (new)

Terri Holland Girl on a Train


message 41: by Jan (new)

Jan Rogge Anything by Monica Wood


message 42: by Himika (new)

Himika Chakraborty Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief,Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone,and The Hound Of the Baskervilles.


message 43: by Dee (new)

Dee Divergent


message 44: by Dee (new)

Dee Divergent


message 45: by Heather (new)

Heather I have to agree with the Thirteenth Tale and A Prayer for Owen Meanie. I thought both were amazing. I'd add When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi


message 46: by Denise (new)

Denise Maria wrote: "Jackie wrote: ""The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold."

true. it was one haunting book that kept me hooked till the end"


I completely agree, and would add heartbreaking at times


message 47: by Dottie (new)

Dottie The Just-About-Average Ms M wrote: "They certainly are. I'm not a bit interested in the result of polls where folks I don't know were asked their opinion of books."

Which begs three questions but enjoy your sourgrapes -- and yes there IS a book reference in that -- read Aesop.


message 48: by Bee (new)

Bee Wyeth The Towers of Trebizond by Rose Macauley has a brilliant opening sentence that sets up the book perfectly.


message 49: by Dottie (new)

Dottie An oldie that has staying power Rebecca.


message 50: by Annette (new)

Annette Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts!


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