What I Look For in a Book

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:

  1. Mystery.
    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.
  2. 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.
  3. Psychology.
    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.
  4. 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.

I have a couple more, but I thought these would be a good start. What are some things that attract you to books? What do you typically look for in a book.


10 thoughts on “What I Look For in a Book

  1. I totally agree with all of these, but I would add anti-heros to the list or really characters that also have flaws or weaknesses. I just think those qualities make them more relatable and I love it!


  2. I think strong characters are one of my wants in a book as well, but I think for me I just need characters I can root for. They don’t have to be particularly good or nice people I would actually like in real life, but I have to want them to succeed in whatever goal they have.

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  3. I look for the inclusion of people not usually the subject of popular mainstream novels – if I pick up a book about two white, straight characters I’m less inclined to keep reading because a lot of the time it is the exact same plotline being repeated again and again. I think I’ve read a lot of young adult by now and I recognise when an author is using common tropes. The exception to this is if the author is taking overused tropes and turning them on their head – I quite like books which reinvent themselves. Great post!

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    1. I completely agree and I’d actually considered adding inclusion to the post. Over the last two years or so I’ve started reading more novels that show perspectives beyond just a straight white person and it has changed the entire way I read and see characters.

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