Read Any Good Leads Lately?


When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.  My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough canvas cover of the mattress.  She must have had bad dreams and climbed in with our mother.  Of course, she did. This was the day of the reaping.

                                                            –Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games


The writer of an article, essay, story or book begins with a lead to draw the reader in–to make the reader want to read more.  Suzanne Collins opened her book with a lead that gave us information about the setting:  it was the day of the reaping, apparently a day that poor families had cause to dread.

In the comment section of this post, share an interesting lead to an article, essay, story or book you’ve read recently.  Be sure to include the author’s name and the title of the work.  See the first few comments for examples.  Try not to repeat a lead that has already been given.



Image Credit:  The Hunger Games, Scholastic Press, 2008

106 thoughts on “Read Any Good Leads Lately?

  1. I love the prologue beginning of this book:
    “I had just came to accept that my life would be ordinary when extraordinary things begin to happen.”

    Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children: by Ransom Riggs

  2. In the predawn darkness of August 26, 1929, in the back bedroom of a small house in Torrance, California, a twelve-year-old boy sat up in a bed, listening.

    Unbroken: by Laura Hillenbrand

    • Actually the lead for the Hunger Games inspired me to re-read this series recently. I love books with great lead because those are usually the best books.

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