So today I’m doing a little discussion post that I hope people will contribute to! I’m curious to see people’s response to this, as it has been on my mind for quite some time now. There’s no right or wrong answers 🙂
What do you look for in a book?
What draws you to a book? What keeps your interest? What makes you give a book those coveted 5 stars? Is it the characters, the plot, the love interest, the world building, or something else?
As I’ve noticed while hopping around the blogosphere, you can always tell what a reader likes about a certain book. My friend Cait (Notebook Sisters
) always talks about how big the characters play a role in her review. If she doesn’t like the characters, star deduction! Some other reviewers are big on the realistic-ness (is that word? probably not) of the story. If they don’t think it can be related to real people/events, they don’t like the story.
While I think characters are MEGA important, I tend to be drawn into the world and the plot. Nothing is worse than a character who is annoying, unrealistic, whiny, and falls into insta-love, don’t get me wrong. Trust me, that irritates the mess out of me. But if I can’t imagine the world these characters live in, particularly in dystopian/post-apocalyptic/supernatural books, I have a hard time envisioning these things the characters take part in. I’m a huge visual person and if the author doesn’t provide enough details that I can’t imagine this world in my head, I have a hard time envisioning anything else that takes part in the story.
The plot is probably the
biggest thing for me! I read a book for the plot. If the plot is phenomenal and keeps my attention the whole way through, I can overlook character flaws. My favorite types of books are ones where the plot sucks me in and has me reading as fast as possible, page turning like no other. I like fast paced plots that, like I said, keep me eager to know more. If the plot lags, doesn’t make sense, or never has a climax, I become disinterested. If I become disinterested in what’s going on, I have a hard time liking anything else about the book. The characters may be fantastic and remind me of myself, but if I can never get into what said characters are doing, the book falls flat for me. I’ll probably put off reading it as long as possible. If the story starts off with this fabulous plot and the summary has me yearning to read the book, but then the MC falls in love and that
becomes the main focus of the story, we have a problem. I love subplots! Let the new-found romance be a fantastic subplot addition to the main story! But at the point that the story line I was promised and so eager to read about from the summary ceases to exist in favor of a budding/conflicted romance, I get super disappointed. If I wanted to read about that then I would have picked up a book about it!
So, what is your favorite part of a book? What keeps you reading? What influences your rating the most? I’m curious to know!