Mystery? Suspense? Romance? Science Fiction? Memoir? Humor?
What calls you back to the written word?
Fantasy? Do it Yourself? Cookbooks?
What are you looking for in the pages of a book?
Do you like knowing how things will end up or do you want the element of suspense?
Do you enjoy a single point of view or do you want to know what the leading characters are thinking?
Are you a fan of a particular setting? Paris? Tropical Islands? Gothic Mansion?
Do you need a tactile physical page turning book, or does an e-reader work as well for you?
Some people are strictly readers of one genre or another. They know what they like and they stick with it. I enjoy many different categories and have a wide variety on my bookshelves. And I feel slightly resistant to the e-readers, although I am warming up to them. For travel, they would be super. And the speed of downloading immediately makes them intriguing. I am sure that I will acquire one – eventually.
One thing I believe we all want from whatever book we read, is to be pulled into the story. Even a travel book should give me enough intrigue to make me want to experience the city/museum/restaurant/park. One of the best compliments that I have received was from a travel agent who told me that I made her want to see a particular location because of the way I made her feel when I talked about it.
Do you like strong female characters? Or do you want to have her in need of rescue?
I don’t mind the lead characters getting rescued at the beginning, as long as they don’t need it by the end of the book.
What is your favorite flaw in a character? Men with eating disorders? A wealthy kleptomaniac? Addiction?
Biographies? Autobiographies? Predictions?
I don’t know about you, but I find an intriguing biography hard to pass up.
Classics? Dickens? Austen? Shelley?
Do you like an intelligent book that requires a dictionary close by, or easy reading?
What is on the bedstand right now? What are you reading that you can’t quite put down?
Give your favorite books and authors a shout out!