This is an interesting topic to share not only what kinds of books I love but a little bit about myself as well. What are the things that make me want to read a book and discourage me from reading it? I’ve been thinking about this topic in the last week and, interestingly, I’ve kind of gotten to know myself better in the process: be honest about what I love and embrace it. Some of you may already have a glimpse of what I love in books from the lists of books that I’ve read, enjoyed, and reviewed on this blog, but I want to explain it specifically.
Things that make me WANT to read a book:
1. When an author says “this book is not for anyone” (dark, taboo, forbidden romances).
Yep, I love unique, provocative, unconventional books that push all my boundaries and make me question things. I’m a huge fan of dark, taboo, forbidden romances. I may not agree with a lot of things in the stories, but I love some of the messages behind them and the fact that the authors do take risks. In addition, I love experiencing the mixed of emotions the characters have, the situation they are in, and getting into their minds. These types of books positively change the way I see the world. Check out my favorite list of dark romances and forbidden loves.
2. When an author says “you won’t see it coming” (books with crazy twists and turns).
When an author indicates that there are some twists and turns that we’ve never seen before and won’t see them coming, it always intrigues me. It piques my interest and curiosity. However, I’m going to be honest, it could also instantly kill my interests when the books do not live up to my expectations.
3. Books recommended by my trusted fellow book bloggers.
One of my biggest weaknesses is five-starred books, especially, when they come from my trusted fellow book bloggers. I love new releases or popular books; however, highly recommended books are what excite me the most. It does not matter whether they are old published or unpopular ones. What are your highly recommended, 5 starred books? 🙂
4. Biker books.
Motorcycle Club world is like a home to me. Whenever I experience a reading slump, I always search for a new biker book. I love MC world mainly because it is completely different than the one I live in. I love seeing these alpha, badass, bad, outlawed guys fall in love and be vulnerable. But mostly, I love when they redeem themselves. Check out my favorite list of biker (MC) books.
5. Alpha males and bad boys/guys.
I love any types of alpha males and bad boys/guys. Just a mere mention that the hero is an alpha or bad guy or the two combined always succeeds to have me purchase the book. I love brooding, controlling, broken heroes especially when they are in action to prove their love to their beloved ones. Check out my favorite of Badass, Military, Escorts, Fighters, Bikers (MC), and Athletes heroes books which are full of alpha and/or bad boys/guys.
6. Books written by my favorite authors.
There are times when all the things I mention above are thrown out of the window. When a book is written by one of my favorite authors, I’ll devour it. Colleen Hoover, Jamie McGuire, Kristen Ashley, Mariana Zapata, Nina G. Jones, Leylah Attar, and Tarryn Fisher are some in my ongoing automatic one-click list. I might not love each one of their books but I enjoy the majority of them and will always look forward to their next books.
7. Amazing world buildings.
One of the factors that I love in a story is not just the romance itself but how an author build the world so the readers can fully engage with the story. Being able to see the world vividly and understand all its elements help me connect with the characters and the whole story.
8. Fantastic Writing.
Writing is the most important element. I love smooth, purposeful, thoughtful, creative writing that makes me not only think but feel. I love when the writing can deeply move me to the point that makes me beside myself: completely immersed in the story and feeling the characters. LIVING their story! Each sentence is written with a meaning and purpose. When I cannot choose which sentences to quote, it indicates how awesome the writing is and how much I love it.
Things that make me NOT WANT to read a book:
1. Third person point of view.
I might be in the minority here but I usually don’t enjoy third person point of view with the exception of some books that I loved such as The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons, Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward and The Others series by Anne Bishop among the others. They all have amazing world buildings. However, it is a rare thing recently–a hit and miss kind of thing. I have difficulty in connecting with the characters when the story is written from this POV. I’m feeling like an outsider watching a story, not the one who is experiencing it herself. I much prefer first POV from the heroine or dual first POV from both the heroine and the hero.
2. Threesome/foursome happy endings.
I’m open to any sensitive, forbidden, taboo subjects, however, a story with a threesome or foursome happy ending is not my cup of tea. Believe me, I’ve tried to enjoy them but, unfortunately, the books with this type of happy ending always make me disconnect with the story. I do not mind when it happens at the beginning and/or in the middle but it is usually hard for me to connect with the main characters when their story ends with three or more characters in a committed relationship. I choose to NOT have any happy endings over this kind. It is not meant to insult polyamorous relationships. I’m not judgmental. This is just my personal preference as to what kinds of happy endings I favor in stories.
3. Poor world buildings.
As I mentioned above, poor world building is one of the factors that makes me unable to connect with the characters and the story as a whole. In my reading experience, it always frustrates me when there is a gap or inconsistency in a storyline (plot hole) and things that could have been more developed (lack of details) had the story been provided more details.
4. Cruelty to animals.
This is a deal-breaker for me. I cannot stand animal cruelty no matter what the reasons are since I support animal rights. If a book features an animal that is killed, abused, or has to suffer throughout the story, I will put it down. However, if it’s a part of a bigger story to send an important message about animal rights, I can handle it, but if the topic is thrown in just for another drama without any purpose to raise awareness of the message above, it’s a major turn off to me.
A mix of the two above (my guilty pleasure):
One of the main characters dies during or at the end of the story.
I have a dilemma when it comes to this subject. I love the books that make me cry because I love the emotional roller coaster I get to experience throughout a story and mostly because I love torturing myself with a book hangover I will be usually suffering days after reading it. You can check out my favorite list of books that make me cry. However, as much as I love experiencing that level of connectedness with the characters and the story, I hate having to experience the torture during the reading and the book hangover afterward. It is a difficult subject.
What are the things that make you WANT or NOT WANT to read a book?
*I’m linking up to Top Ten Tuesday by The Broke and The Bookish.