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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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What Makes a Book Read-On-Able?

Several weeks ago, I wrote a post about what causes you to make the big decision when it comes to not finishing a book. (It is totally a big deal, albeit a sad one.)

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?

Humor Me

No, really. Just humor me. The books that make me laugh are the ones that are memorable. The ones that make me giggle will be remembered. The ones that make me snicker in class and cause a few people to look at me weirdly?
I won't forgive you for that, but I'll definitely be on the look out for your future books. Even if I didn't like the book, if I find you comedic, I'm probably going to follow ALL of your future works. And if I love the book? You're a shoo-in for the top secret favorite/near favorite authors list. You'll be with and and

Okay, Stacey Rourke isn't exactly as famous as Rick Riordan. And despite the fact I didn't like Julie Kagawa's , she's still my favorite author. Her good books outweigh the bad. That's all that matters. Right?

Unique Idea/Concept

Out of all the reasons I'll continue reading a book, this is the number one reason why. It's what I look for when I prowl around on Netgalley, decide to sign up for a blog tour, and accept/decline review requests. Because the synopsis, while small and doesn't tell you everything (it's the whole point!), basically tells you what kind of broad idea/concept the author uses.

Have something that has never been written before in another book? Perhaps it already exists, but it isn't common? Does Is your main character Did your main character
I'll be on your book like a kid attracted to that last candy bar in a candy shop. Oh, and please don't repeat those ideas. They've been accomplished by Lindsay Francis Brambles, I.W. Gregorio, and E. Latimer.

Weird Format

Recently, I read All Our Yesterdays. By the first few chapters, I pretty much complained about the formatting and the confusion.
By the end?

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.

Kick-Ass Heroines

There goes my filter again.
I love strong heroines. I love heroines who aren't afraid of having , stand up for themselves, and I love the ones who are

Most of all, I love the ones who

Have I mentioned I like It goes great with the whole butt-kicking scenario. Don't overdo this one though.

Interesting the Entire Ride

Here's a scenario: Imagine yourself on a trip to your dream place. It's hours away, but you'll be driving there with a few people and you get to choose who comes with you! Who would you choose? The people who you click well with, or people you just met?

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. , 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.

Potential

Most of the time, the book has a unique idea or concept that I spotted in the synopsis. Most of the time, that fabulous idea and concept isn't really going too well thus far.
After all, you're a growing author! There's got to be some way to pay the rent aside from running around the fast food industry like the high school kid I am, right? (Except the thing is... I DO pay my own rent. It's a long story.)

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.
Okay, the book is also pretty interesting the entire ride. A lot of books I rate 3 or 3.5 have a lot of potential, but I feel they're just missing something.

Little Amounts of Shadow

I suppose it's common knowledge not having a shadow is a bad thing because that means you must not be from the human world.
It's also common sense that putting too much eye shadow (har har har) is a bad thing because you'll either look like someone punched you in the eye the wrong way and just caught your lids or you have an upside down case of sleep deprivation. I totally came up with that JUST now and I'm laughing at myself because of the image. I, of course, don't wear eye shadow. Or any makeup for that matter. I live a sheltered life.

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.
Applying none might make the book boring. Applying too much will defeat the purpose of the book – the main storyline! But if a small amount is applied to the point where it isn't overwhelming (or someone punched you weirdly), the book will be pretty. And let's face it: real life isn't full of drama everywhere unless you actually seek it out. It's an emotional rollercoaster.
I guess that explains why the makeup people complain of not enough sleep. But that doesn't explain me, who doesn't even wear makeup. I admit I stay up until midnight just to get some reading in. It's pretty much the only way I can get any reading done.

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?


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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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