OK, I’ll admit it, the first thing I notice about a book is the cover. For me, it helps me visualize what the book is about. Of course, I proceed to look at the back cover and if the blurb is interesting, then I just might buy that book. The same goes for buying ebooks. If the blurb and cover capture my interest, then I proceed to read.
Like any other reader, there needs to be certain things in the story so I can keep turning the pages. One thing I will admit: I don’t care if the author is a NY Times Bestseller. For me, that doesn’t make that author the greatest writer. I’ve read books by NY Times Bestselling authors that I gave up reading after the fifteenth page. Although it’s great for the author, the bestselling author bit means nothing to me. So here are some things which determine whether I’ll keep reading a book or not.
When I can’t put a book down:
- the storyline is realistic and interesting. If I can relate to the story, I can become a part of it.
- Well-developed characters. I personally like characters that have had a traumatic back story and have adversity to overcome throughout the book.
- Dialogue. This is a MUST for me in every book. I learn more about what a character is like through the way they interact with other characters. I especially like tension-building dialogue between the heroines.
- The main character faces a challenge in every chapter
- Twists at the end of chapters. When characters face a turning point at the end of the chapter, I’m always curious to what will happen next. It makes me look forward to reading the next chapter.
What makes me lose interest in books:
- No dialogue within the first four pages. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Every story has to have dialogue, or you lose me as a reader.
- Too much description. I don’t like it when a writer spends four pages describing everything in a scene. I don’t need to know every book, kitchen utensils, etc. are in a house. Just the basics, then move on.
- The story isn’t going anywhere. I read a book, whose name shall remain nameless, where four chapters describe the main characters making love. OK, I get it. The characters love each other, so how about giving them something that tests their relationship? A story has to go from the beginning to the end, and not get stuck in the middle.
- I spend more time looking up words in a dictionary than reading the book. Some authors love sticking in attractive-looking vocabulary and showing off their knowledge of words. But remember, not everyone is fortunate enough to go to school.