"I do not just want to read books; I want to climb inside them and live there." -Anonymous

October 25, 2012

Haunted Week - Bats In Your Book Pages ~ Day 2

{This Girl Reads}

Day two of Haunted Week.
Time to list my top 5 things that drive me batty!!

#1 - Girl drama! I am okay with a little bit of it here and there in a story. I do not like it when the drama seems to take over the story. I don't like it in real life, I surely do not want to read about it. Just give me enough to establish the characters and their relationship with each other.

#2 - Long Introduction to a Character. Being introduced to the main character by giving away every detail possible can make me want to stop reading right away. Give me time to develop a relationship with the character to feel for the character. It's like meeting someone for the first time and he/she wants to tell you everything about themselves in 15 min. Ugh!

#3 - Instant Love. An instant connection towards someone is okay. There of course needs to be an interest in one another to even start any relationship. I want to get to know my characters first. Show me the heart warming events and struggles they go through, the journey the take to become madly in love.

#4 - Instant Sex. Hey, I admit it, I like romance and the heated scenes. I do not like it when it takes over the entire story. Give me a story of two people gradually getting to know each other then leading up to the OMG! scene. I like my stories with substance sprinkled with a few hot moments. :P

#5 - No Closure.  Okay this is tricky. I am not a writer I am just a reader. The last chapter of any book needs some resolve from the story being told. If there is going to be a sequel leave me with a bit of mystery.
I also love cliff hangers that leave me screaming at the author. But I do not like a cliffhanger leaving me with confusion and asking myself " what just happened? " O_o Then I am left with wondering if I should read the next book or not. I love to read, but when I read, I am investing my time to the lives and world that the author created. Make it worth my time.


  1. I love your list and I'm right there with you on #3. I want to watch them fall in love, not be told that they are in love right away. :) I like to giggle and have my heart flutter along with the characters as they get to know each other.

  2. #3-"Instant Love"--SUCH a great point. Once in a while it works, but I think it's so overdone. In real life this almost never happens, but almost every character in a book sees a guy, and POOF. It really strains believability at a certain point!