What I look for in a Book.

Reading is one of my favourite things in the world. Nothing beats curling up with a cup of tea, under a cozy blanket to read a good book. I've read so many books in the past few years, some I adored, some I loved, some I needed and also, some that weren't so great for me.
When it's a case of the latter, I often find it difficult to write negative reviews, because even if i'm not 100% enamored with a book, I know that someone else might be. We all have different tastes, so who am I to tell you what you will and won't like? Furthermore, even if I didn't fall in love with a certain book, nine times out of ten, I will still take something positive away from it, that I would much rather talk about instead.

Just yesterday I started reading a new book an author had sent me. I always find it a little nerve racking when I'm about to start a book that I know I am going to have to review, just in case I don't take to it, but luckily for me this one is turning out to be quite lovely. It is actually what got me thinking about today's topic of 'What I look for in a Book." Here's the little list I came up with.

From the moment I read the first few sentences, I want to feel at home.

I look for something that connects me to the characters. I don't have to relate to everything they are going through, or even their whole personality, but there has to be something.

If I'm reading romance, which I usually am. I don't like too many games. I love fun flirting back and forth but if there is too much drama and the characters just aren't clicking with each other. I lose interest.

I'm a sucker for a kind gentleman who looks good but doesn't know it and who can be sweet and sexy at the same time.

I love independent leading ladies, who go after what they want. I don't like mean girls though or characters who complain too much.

I love to laugh. If a book makes me laugh then I'm sold. It helps me connect to the characters and makes them feel like my best friends, which means you know it's going to be hard for me to let them go.

I want a book that I think about even when I'm not reading it.

I want a book to make me feel like the characters are real and that they're out there somewhere. This will usually give me a severe case of book hangover.

I enjoy books that make me feel like one big family. You know the ones where you don't just meet a leading lady and leading man but you find yourself loving and knowing the pub landlord and the local stray dog?

I love when I can feel the writer's passion in each and every chapter.

Last but not least, I love revisiting characters, especially if they are in the background of another story and I can sit and be like 'Ooh I know them!!' :)

What do you look for in a book?

Have a great day and Happy Reading!


  1. Great blog post, and very similar to what I look for in a book. And i love purple your chaise longue and your bumblebee tights!!!

    1. Thank you!!! I was so excited about my bumble bee tights, I had been trying to find some for the longest time!!! :) Thank you for reading!!! xxxx

  2. Love this Kelly! You and I look for the same things in books. I love it when I feel close to the characters, like they're my best friends. Or even when a romance is so addictive that you just want to keep reading all day!
    Steph x. Hello, Steph Blog

    1. Thank you Steph, glad you enjoyed it!! :) I agree, those are the best kind of books, even if it doesn't mean I get distracted from what I need to be doing because I have to 'read one more page.' :p


  3. I love books that I can really get lost in - it makes me feel grounded, more connected to the story line if it's something that I can relate to. I've actually been looking for new reads x


  4. This was such a cool post to read, Kelly :) I've never really thought about the exact things that draw me to a book but once I start reading, I just know! I suppose I like easy reads (not intellectully easy, just words that flow nicely). I like stories that draw you in and like you said, ones that make you feel like you're actually there. I haven't found a whole lot of books like that recently but when I have, I remember it and I hold on to that special feeling. One book that comes to mind that I really fell in love with unexpectedly (I admit, I judged it by its cover but never expected to like it quite as much as I did) was "The Perfume Collector" by Kathleen Tessaro. If you ever come across it, I recommend it (it's a beautifully written historical/romance fiction-- I don't know, it was just a lovely read)


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