What helps you get lost in a book, other than the story itself?

Answer by Raakhee V. Menon:

Character descriptions

The more vividly a character is described, the more involved I get in the book. I enjoy reading books where they have described the characters’ voices, detailed their attires, their tiniest mannerisms, etc. It takes the story to a whole new level and makes the reader feel like they’re watching a movie. At least, that’s what I used to feel.

Use of eloquent vocabulary

Now this could be just me, but I don’t really appreciate the excessive use of expletives and cuss words just to sound ‘cool’. If the intent is to insult somebody, then there are far more powerful words than those with obvious sexual undertones. A well-written book does not need to resort to such low levels to sell itself.


If a book is well-formatted, I don’t care how many pages it runs into. But books with very few paragraph breaks, extremely long chapters and shoddily structured sentences get me all bored and drowsy. I keep such books for bedtime reading so that I fall asleep easily.

Chapter breaks

I typically stop reading at the end of a chapter before closing the book for the day. Some authors are really good at ending chapters at brilliant cliffhangers. As a policy, I don’t even peep to the next chapter once I have ended a chapter and decided to put the book away. So when the chapters end in exciting cliffhangers, I keep thinking about what could happen next long after I have put the book away, and I can’t wait to start reading again.

These are all very minor things but they go a long way in getting me completely hooked onto a book.

What helps you get lost in a book, other than the story itself?


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