Today I want to know the good. Tomorrow will look at the opposite end of the scale. So, what elements of a book make it so you don’t want to put that book down? We all read for a variety of reasons, some of which have a bigger draw for us than others. Is it character, plot, setting, voice? Of course when all of these elements are done well, it’s very hard to say no to a book. Often though, it is one of these things that clearly shines over others. Authors have their strengths and weaknesses. Some may craft superior villains, while others write amazingly hot sex scenes.
For me, it’s voice. The author’s voice has to hit the right note in me to make the book unputdownable. Usually I can tell within a page or two if it’s going to do that. The last book I had this happen for was Tana French’s “In the Woods.” She could have written about making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and I would have been captivated. So, what is it for you?
Tomorrow we’ll see what makes some books “throwagainstthewallable.”