Good morning everyone and happy Friday!
It’s no secret in the book blogging community that we all have book preferences. After so long of reading and becoming fans of books, we can’t help but prefer specific genres or types of books.
With that said, I’ve noticed recently that my brain tends to work in a pattern when it comes to my likes and dislikes. For example, when I started reading the Throne of Glass series a few years ago, all I wanted was more fantasy genre novels with epic female characters.
(Let’s be real though, I always want this.)
Over the last few days I’ve been writing down and compiling specific things that I know I look for in a book. Here are just a few:
What I mean by this isn’t that the novel itself is a mystery, but I need to be able to ask questions and not immediately be rewarded with an answer. Nothing turns me off faster to a book than knowing every single detail within a span of a few pages.
- Strong Main Characters.
This is not explicit to strong female characters, but all characters. I hate having weak main characters. Usually, when this happens I end up just constantly making fun of and mocking the main characters. The only time I can confidently be ok with this is when it’s used as a plot device.
This was hard to come up with in such a short and succinct way, but using psychology is the easiest way to explain it. Anything that has to do with the human mind or abnormal behavior intrigues me. I’m immediately drawn to novels like Eliza and Her Monster or This Darkness Mine for these particular reasons.
- Writing and sentence structure.
If you haven’t noticed already, I love beautiful writing. Tahereh Mafi is one of my favorite writers not just because her books are amazing, but because she writes so beautifully. It sounds pretentious, but writing isn’t just about telling a story, it’s about creating art.