I was recently tagged by Lori Wilt (@ficwishes – check out her beautiful bookstagram) on IG to do this fun book tag #7thingsilikeinabook, thank you for the tag and I loved participating. I have tagged a bunch of awesome bookstagrammers on IG so they can keep the ball rolling 🙂
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I think this tag is so cool and it really reminds me of the things I wish to see in books. Apart from the given – good writing, interesting characters, intriguing plot, I do wish for some other elements in the books I read. While participating in this book tag, I have come to realize that these elements really influence my book review ratings as well.
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Now, let’s get to it and see what are the 7 things that I like in a book:
#1 Stories Told In Multiple Perspectives
The best part about multiple POVs is that it allows me to see the complete picture and not just from one set of eyes. It lets me see a situation from more than one perspective and if done correctly, becomes quite interesting. It keeps the narrative fresh and removes redundancy. I get to ‘reset’ between chapters knowing that the next one will bring in something new. Also, when the POVs alternate between chapters and ends with an intriguing sentence, I know I will want to get to the next part quickly which ultimately makes me read faster. Overdoing it with too many POVs is not desired and will only leave me confused. Two or a maximum of three POVs is the best mix in my opinion.
#2 Jumping Between Time Lines And Ultimately Building Up To The Present Day
I love Lianne Moriarty’s books for this reason. She does this quite a lot – starting the story with the present day and then going back and building it up. Or, when she alternates between current day and a day in the past. I just find this so refreshing and it is satisfying when all the bits start making sense and I have those Aha! Moments. This type of writing keeps me hooked to the book.
#3 Short Chapters
This is a big one for me. I just HATE it when chapters drag and go on and on and on…. Short chapters keep me glued to the book. When I read such books I usually finish them in 2-3 sittings. My attention span is really cringe worthy. Plus if a book just drags with super long chapters, I am more likely to put it aside and start something new. After all, there are thousands of amazing books out there.
#4 Well Rounded Ending Without Leaving Any Storyline Hanging
Another important one. How do you feel when you are invested in a book, in its characters (main or side), in their stories and in the end all you know is what happens with the protagonist, the book doesn’t tell you how it went for the others. Did she get engaged, did his son recover, did he find that job after all? It totally upsets me when this happens and definitely gets lesser stars in my rating. Having a HEA is important but please also tell me what happens with the rest. I NEED to know!!
#5 Enough Humour That Makes Me Giggle Often
I’m all for serious stories that talk about real issues but please make me laugh too. I’m poor and cannot afford so many tissue boxes! Jokes apart, I love a book when it can really make me laugh out loud. Usually it happens though the conversations but sometimes also the narratives are super funny and I just love it. I need that chuckle once in a while to keep me going. I won’t say that I’ll DNF a book if it isn’t humorous, no, I won’t, but I’ll definitely enjoy it more if it brings a smile to my face.
#6 Story Unravelling Through Conversations Rather Than Narrations
It is so much more interesting when a twist or an important segment of the story is disclosed through the conversation between characters instead of the narration of the story-teller. Don’t get me wrong, narration is as important. It can relay the meaning and sentiments behind dialogues and can move as slow as to describe each step or breath the character takes or speed things up and completely move forward or backward a chunk of time. However, dialogues can give stories a firm grounding, can make moments of a scene special while telling us how each character reacts to situations. Don’t you think?
#7 Witty Conversations And Subtle Romance
Witty banter is essential for my wholesome reading experience. It brings me closer to the characters and helps me understand their relationship with each other better. Plus, the teasing give-and-take banter between people who know and like each other makes it so much more interesting and relatable. Let’s not forget romance. I’m a sucker of genuine, passionate but sophisticated romance. Throw in major erotic scenes and I’ll run away from the book. Make it subtle and pleasant and you’ll find me snuggling up in a cozy blanket and devouring the book.
So there we go. Those are some of the things that I really enjoy in a book and look forward to. Of course I don’t find all of these elements in every book I read but even if 2-3 of these are present, it makes me really happy. Enjoying what you read is so important rather than just increasing your number of reads to crush you GR Reading Challenge. I hope there are more books that have these elements and I shall keep reading and hoping to find these in books 🙂
Over to you. What are some of the things that you like in a book? Do you also like any of the elements I mentioned? Would you like to participate in this book tag? Share your thoughts with me.