Today’s Question: Define what characteristics your favorite books share. Do they all have a kick ass heroine or is the how love interest the Alpha Male?
I'm definitely a fan of kick ass heroines! Both physically kickass (Katsa! Suze! Katniss!) and also really clever and witty heroines (Lori! Lucy! Ginny!) are big favorites of mine. As for love interests... I have a huge weakness for best friend stories (as I will mention again below in my TGIF answer). And my favorite books tend to have slowly developing romance as opposed to love at first sight (also expanded on below!).
TGIF is hosted by Ginger at GReads!
Book Appeal: When you’re browsing goodreads, the library, or another blogger’s reviews, what grabs your attention to make you want to read it?
A good love story! I’m a sucker for romance, so that’s probably the number one thing that I look for. And none of that insta-love stuff. I like the slow burnnnnn. I want sparks. Sexual tension. Even if I’m not that interested in the plot, if I hear that a book has an amazing slow burn romance or the characters have fantastic chemistry together I’ll almost definitely check it out.
I’m also a huge fan of best friend stories (The Boys Next Door, Catching Jordan, Fracture, etc.), so that will make me pick up a book too. Or not even best friends, but just characters that have known each other for a while and have some kind of history together (awkward history is awesome too). Of course, those usually also have the slow burn/chemistry thing going for them, so…
Oh, also! Clever humor and spunky heroines are big turn-ons for me. As is gorgeous and unique writing (like Tahereh Mafi and Cath Crowley). Or if a book is really intensely emotional and makes you hurt in a good way… that works for me too. :P
And if it’s a reviewer who I’m familiar with and I know we have similar taste in books, I’ll usually trust them if they say they liked a book even if I wasn’t planning on reading it. I also look at the favorite books of certain authors that I really like. I’ve discovered some awesome books that way.
Happy Friday, everyone!