Today, I want to talk about the little things that I love about reading books. I did a similar post here, but this one is more general and not about the story/characters/setting as much as about the act of reading itself, it that makes sense. These are the things I appreciate, the things that will always make me pick up a book and read in search of another great story. It’s a small list of current favourites.
- a book that makes me laugh. I rarely go for the straight-up humor (Janet Evanovich’s books are one notable exception) but I particularly like finding unexpected jokes in books that are otherwise of a more somber nature.
- that gut-clenching moment when I feel a character’s heart breaking. This may sound sadistic but it’s such an integral part of romance (not just the romance genre but any romance in any book. It also isn’t limited to romantic love!). It’s the feeling that – if the writer does a good enough job – twists my insides and makes me ache for the poor character.
- that wonderful moment when happily ever after finally happens. I’m a big fan of happy endings. I dislike sappy stories but a well-done romance is something I’m constantly craving.
- a book that is so compelling I want to read one more page even if I’m almost falling asleep. This sometimes results in my having to re-read a few pages the next day because I can’t remember what’s happened right before I finally stopped reading, but I love a book that just sucks you in.
- the moment when I realize that I’m the last person awake and my husband has fallen asleep while I was reading. This happens very rarely because I usually fall asleep quickly but sometimes a book will keep me up (Half the World was one of them).
- characters that feel like friends. I think this is the reason why I love reading series so much – I get to meet the same cool people again and again.
- a book that I still think about weeks, even months after I finished it. I have terrible book amnesia, mostly because I read a lot, but some books stick with me (The Handmaid’s Tale is one I’ve been recommending to everyone I know – it’s not as well-known in Slovenia as it is in the English-speaking world).
Why do you love reading?
Want more? Try this post on un-recommending books.