Instead of writing a review today, I'm here to bring back a post from several weeks ago and talk about what makes a book read-on-able. In other words, why do you keep reading a particular book?
Okay, Stacey Rourke isn't exactly as famous as Rick Riordan. And despite the fact I didn't like Julie Kagawa's Talon, she's still my favorite author. Her good books outweigh the bad. That's all that matters. Right?
Have something that has never been written before in another book? Perhaps it already exists, but it isn't common? Does Hitler set off a virus, thus winning the Second World War? Is your main character not male or female but both? Did your main character freeze her first kiss?
I ended up being a little fond of the weird formatting Cristin Terrill had going on there. It was really confusing for the most part, but it was really neat how Terrill pulled the formatting off.
Then there's Ellen Hopkins. I don't intend to ever read any of her books because I don't click with poetry, but I once decided to take a peek in her book... just for fun. Despite the fact Hopkins writes her novels in poetry, the formatting and placement of her words on the pages is really neat – it's like a word cloud of sorts, only it's not exactly a cloud.
Long story short, I like weird formats, but only if you make sense.
Most of all, I love the ones who don't carry the historical female tradition of being sheltered by their men, becoming baby deposit boxes, and act like stickers to the rules set in place.
Have I mentioned I like sassy, snarky, and sarcastic? It goes great with the whole butt-kicking scenario. Don't overdo this one though.
Interesting the Entire Ride
Now, if you were really adventurous, you would choose people you just met. Not advised if you're paranoid about being kidnapped, though.
Keeping it interesting sometimes goes hand in hand with stalling. Stalling isn't fun, but if you do it right and make it interesting the entire time until you unveil the big revealing, I'll stick around. I'll stick around until the end where everything is revealed to me and by the time I realize you were stalling, it's too late.
And most of the time, I'm literally trying to be patient with the book, waiting for something mind blowing to happen to the characters that I didn't guess a hundred pages before what I guess happens. Unfortunately, I guess at least 50 pages beforehand. Sometimes it's exact, sometimes it's really close.
Little Amounts of Shadow
So let's pretend the shadow in this case are subplots – the romance, the best friend scuffle, etc. etc. Most of the time, one of those subplots is the romance that develops between the protagonist and another character who either plays a vital role already or will be playing a vital role sometime in the future.
Makeup analogy aside, tell me what makes you continue reading a book. What's so great about the book that makes it read-on-able?