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There are certain things that are always a hit for me in books, so today I wanted to talk about those elements that I love in a book. I thought it was fun to think about this and list them all in one post!
Ten things I love in books
- World Building. I just love world building, if there’s one thing that make or break a book for me it’s world building. I love a well developed world, the more complex the better. I even don’t mind info dumps as much and often feel like a book would be even better with more world building, but I think that’s just me.
- Realisme. Whether it’s events or characters, I love it when things are realistic. You know those scenes where someone says something and you think ‘nooooo, no one would say that or act that way in real life’. I can’t stand that and if it happens too often in a book it can really ruin a book for me. When things deviate too much for real life it jars me out of the book. I love it when characters act realistic or when things that happen are things that would happen in real life as well. One author who does a great job of this is SJ Pajonas in her book Face Time, that story is so realistic it feels like this really could be someone’s life.
- Insider Knowledge. I have this weird fascination with books that are about topics or jobs you don’t get to know much about in real life. I’ve read some books recently about someone who was a baseball coach, a book about summer camp and another book were someone was part of a high class ballets school to name a few things. Those books are contemporary books, but they still transport me to an enitrely different world. I love it when books can do that!
- Interpersonal Relationships. Relationships and interactions between characters are one of the things I like in books, I like seeing those relationships change and develop or banter between two characters. I like those kind of scenes’and they can really make a book and character come alive for me.
- Well developed characters. When characters are well developed I can feel like they are real persons, they have their likes and dislikes, they have motives, a past and a future. I love it when characters are well developed and any authors get’s bonus points when they develop side characters as well as main characters.
- Romance. I just love romance in books and a book has to be very good to compensate for not having romance. Now the romance doesn’t has to be the main plot, I also love romance as a side plot and there are even cases where it works better when it’s a side plot. I especially love Slow Building Romance. There’s just something about romance that get’s me more invested in the book and I am routing for the couple to get together.
- Logic/ Things that make sense. I love it when the author has done their research and things make sense and fit. I once read a book were someone had memory loss of 8 months. Now I am no expert on the subject, but I did have a few subjects that dealth with memory during my study and this isn’t possible. Things like that can really jar me out of their book, while on the other hand when an author has done their research I just feel some sense of harmony of feeling like everything’s right in the world. I love that!
Also this point also is valid in fantasy or sci-fi books, the memory loss example actually is from a paranormal book, then you might say it’s fantasy so it doens’t have to make sense, but I disagree. Even in fantasy books things have to make sense, the non-magic aspects still follow the normal rules and the magic aspects have to make sense in light of the world building.
- Build-up. Whether it’s a relationship that builds-up or the build-up to a certain plot point or even plot twist, I love build-up. It also helps things make sense and when re-reading a book the build-up is even more fun to witness. I love those moments tthat when everything falls on it’s place that you realize which events or scenes were part of the build-up and that the author was workignt owards this point the entire time.
- First person perspective. While I also read books with third person perspective, I prefer books with first person perspective, it feels more natural to me. As a child I actually detested first person perspective, but nowadays I love first person perspective. It always takes me some time to get used to third person perspective, although a good writer can compensate for this.
- Writing Style. Not writing style in general, but more specific author’s writing styles that just resonate with me. Some author’s just have a writing style that hooks me into their books without them even having to do anything else. Two good examples of this are the writing style of Kelley Armstrong and SJ Pajonas. Starting one of their books just makes me feel at ease and like I am home, just because of the way they write. I know this might sound weird, but it just works for me.
So my question to you is: