Why do you like mysterious books? explain

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literaturenerd eNotes educator| Certified Educator

First, this question should be moved to a discussion board. You will receive many different answers there.

I enjoy mystery books because they make me think about what I am reading. As a writer and English teacher, I am drawn to the characterizations of those depicted in this genre. I find the bits and pieces given to the reader over time much more engaging than a text which simply tells a chronological story.

The mystery text is engaging, thought provoking, and (in the really good ones) full of dead ends. It keeps the reader cognitively challenged.

The mystery book also provides for more assumptions to be made over the course of the text. It can build a reader up, or it can break a reader down.

wannam eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I enjoy mystery books because they are so engaging.  I love any book that is hard to put down.  It makes the whole reading experience so much more enjoyable.  I also find it easier to immerse myself in an engaging book.  Mystery books in particular ask the reader to think for themselves rather than just follow along.  Most readers are tempted to try to figure out the answer to the riddle before the characters in the story.  This makes a mystery book particularly fun to read.

lmetcalf eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mystery novels are fun because the entire premise of the book is intellectually engage the reader to try to "get the answer" to the problem the author created. While some people may like to figure it out before the end of novel and feel smart because they could do so, all readers like to understand how the all of the clues and details given along the way all contribute to the overall resolution of the novel.

linda-allen eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I like mysteries because they are puzzles that need a solution. The best ones are those that keep you thinking, that get you so involved that you can't put the book down, that you've read straight through without realizing how much time has gone by. I want to be surprised by the ending; I hate it when I've figured out the solution before I'm halfway through the book.

jarumi344 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Mystery books allow us all to live vicariously through the characters in the text.  Most of us (probably thankfully!) won't need to solve the mysteries we read about, but we can imagine that our lives are more exciting by reading about the characters whose lives involve these adventures.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I love mystery stories.  I always have.  When I was young I read Nancy Drew, and when I got older I read Nero Wolfe.  I think we like mysteries because they are interactive.  We want to follow the clues and guess how the story is going to end.

ashj4 | Student

i like mysterious stories because once you start reading you always want to know whats coming up next, like "omg whats about to happen?" so you just cant put that book down until you find out how it ends.

janelr3villa | Student

Mysterious stories are just really captivating and more interesting especially from a great author that you've addicted to read.


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sudhirjangra | Student

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Devastated by the discovery that his wife, Helen, was murdered, Special Agent Pendergast must have retribution. But revenge is not simple. As he stalks his wife's betrayers-a chase that takes him from the wild moors of Scotland to the bustling streets of New York City and the darkest bayous of Louisiana-he is also forced to dig further into Helen's past. And he is stunned to learn that Helen may have been a collaborator in her own murder.

Peeling back the layers of deception, Pendergast realizes that the conspiracy is deeper, goes back generations, and is more monstrous than he could have ever imagined-and everything he's believed, everything he's trusted, everything he's understood . . . may be a horrific lie.

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kix18 | Student

very exciting to read ... makes you think more what will happen next.



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ericbautista | Student

Actually I really like reading any kinds of books and one of them are mysterious books. I purchase my books either by sale by owner or by rent. I enjoy reading mysterious books because it's stories interests me. The reader will only have hints about the ending but one can nevertell what will happen.

flying-solo | Student

Mystery books.... well they are like a person. A person who is hard to read and who is different from the rest. You want to get to know them, but you dont know what they are going to say or do. So you keep studying them untill you finally think you have an idea of who or what they are like, but you still cant quite seem to figure out what it is about that specific person. Their uniqueness' is so intriguing that your captivated. Well its not like Ive come across someone like that and it seems pretty stalkerish but its nothing like that.It's like in twilight with Bella and Edward.  

riot174 | Student

thats pretty much all i read is mystery books. and any action/love/vampire book i can find

meganp0504 | Student

because it inhanses the mind and makes us wonder who did it and why.. and we also wonder whats gonna happen next.... i love mystery books cause it makes me wonder whats goona happen next cause you never know

kychong7 | Student

because they keep me entertain and definitely worth my time.

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riot174 | Student

they are the best! they leave you wanting more and wondering whats going to happen next.

sarah888 | Student

I enjoy mystery books because of the suspence. You get to follow along with the clues and solve the mystry too! I still love reading Nancy Drew and playing her interactive games, it leaves me on the edge of my seat wanting more.

wanderista | Student

Most of the time, you can't look at a question (eg. "Why is the sky blue") and not wonder how and why. It's very similar to mystery books, where the protagonist usually has a question to answer. The process can be a very interesting read, and that's why a lot of people enjoy reading such books.

superlasia | Student

I read such kind of books because they arouse an unexperienced feeling that even beyond my imagination

bethlaw | Student

Mysteries are great and addictive due mostly to the fact that you constantly find yourself guessing (and usually end up sadly incorrect). It is great mind stimulation and entertainment at the same time.

Additionally, mystery writers tend to be clever and highly intelligent (not that all writers are not but you know what I mean). They have the talent of keeping the reader interested and excited about what could happen next!


Oh, and they're just a good read!!

hi95 | Student

because i do.. it leaves me on the edge of my seat.