- Storyline Flow: This is one of the most important things to me because I feel like no one is going to want to read a book that doesn't have a clear storyline. This is why I have a hard time with books that have lots of flashbacks because I get confused as to what's going on when the story jumps all over the place.
- Characters: Did I like the characters? Did I found that there was depth to the characters? Was there enough characters to make the story seem realistic? Was there a clear definition of the characters.
- Connectable: This is really the only truly personal thing that I rate a book on because this is really about whether I was able to connect with a story. There are books that pull me right in, will have me laughing, crying or ready to fight. There are also books that I read and feel nothing for the characters.
- Presentation: This one just means that the story was polished. I get it you can have the best editor in the world and a mistake can be missed but sometimes it's clear that the author didn't take the time to have someone professional look at their work. If it's a misspelled/misplaced word that's one thing but there is only so much work I want to do when reading a book. I don't want to spend my time trying to figure out what the author was trying to say.
- Expectation vs reality: This one means that the way the author promoted the book is the way that the book is actually portrayed. For instance I have seen books that are marketed as romance when it reality they are erotic reads with no real storyline just lots of sex. A romance should have a happy ever after or at least a happy in the end. I have seen books marketed as paranormal and other than the fact that they call the main character a shifter, demon or vampire there are zero other connections to the genre. My number one pet peeve is when a book is marketed as a book when in reality it's a cliffhanger and therefore in my opinion not book 1 but part 2.
****QUESTION WHEN READING AND RECOMMENDING BOOKS WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR ****