Should Be Reading. This week’s musing:
What does it take for you to give up on a book you’re reading?
The most important thing for me in a book of fiction is the characters. I must feel something positive for the characters in the book or I'm most likely going to lose my desire to read it. This applies to series, as well. Even if I'm into a story line in a series - if I don't like the main characters, I won't finish the series. Characters and their development is my first and foremost requirement in a good book. If that is lacking, I'm usually done. The second important element for me in a good book is the desire to know more. If I don't care about what is going to happen next - something is wrong and again, I lose interest. A final thing that makes me lose interest in the book is if it's too preachy. I get irritated when I read a book and feel that the author is trying to sell me on their personal agenda. I like to make up my own mind about topics, thanks.
I read more fiction than nonfiction. However, I have to be interested in the topic of the nonfiction book or I simply will not complete it.
I've said this before, but for me, life is too short to waste my precious reading time on a book that I don't like.