I’m not a fan of love triangles. Can’t we just at least pick a different shape?!
Books are meant to be read—not only for display. Unless it’s a very, very old book, I don’t buy books only to display them on my shelves. They should be read and well loved.
I like it when I buy a book and someone has left notes in the margins. It feels like I get to know the book’s previous owner in some way.
I like really long books, as long as the author’s voice has a certain lyrical quality to it.
I think reading “classics” is important to a degree. While I enjoy reading books like “Jane Eyre” or “Great Expectations,” I understand that they’re not everyone’s cup of tea. They might even turn some people, especially young students, away from reading. So read what you like (but keep in mind that the classics became classics for a reason!).
I don’t like family dramas. No part of me wants to learn about broken relationships, long-standing feuds, or past wrongs. I’d rather drink a gallon of paint.
I like it when my favorite characters are separated and are almost reunited again and again. I know it can be torture—but it’s a fun kind of torture!
I don’t enjoy novellas. There are exceptions to this, but in my experience they are slower paced than the first ~150 pages of most novels.
I don’t like dragons. I know there are plenty of reused fantasy concepts and creatures, but dragons just bore me. If a story has dragons in it, it had better be about the dragons—nothing bothers me more than a fantasy hero suddenly encountering—*gasp*—a dragon at the end of their adventure.
I love stories with an overwhelming number of characters. As long as there are a handful of characters we get to know deeply, I love a world that feels full of new and unusual people. It makes the world feel more real and like it has more to offer.