Friday, July 1

Book Blogger Hop: 7/1

Book Blogger Hop

What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?

I am an optimist when it comes to books.  This isn't a guanteed thing though.  There are several factors that help my optimism along.  For one, if this book has been given some high reviews helps me plug along.  If I have read something similar that I loved I will push forward.  The most important factor is good character development.  If they have managed to create a character that I am invested in I will read through the book.  Sometimes, I have read till the end and been rather disappointed when things didn't work out well.
As for when do I call it quits there are a few warning flags.  If I have been trying to plug along and find myself yawning or thinking about doing the dishes; well we have some obvious troubles.  Another thing I can't read through is excessive swearing, annoying main character, or characters that can only think about sex almost from their entrance into the novel.  I feel that these rather detract and I start rolling my eyes and even hoping bad will come to the characters.  A few too many books lately I have wished the main character was dead just to put me out of my misery.


  1. Excessive swearing bothers me, too! Glad I'm not the only one that dislikes that.

    As a side note - cute blog! :D

  2. These book blogger hop questions just get better and better. This one looks easy but I think it’s a trick question. We all know it’s the same answer – the writing – but we all have different perspectives of what good writing is.

    Hop on over to my blog at and read my three-prong answer as I explain why I’ll decide to pick up a book or put it down in under sixty seconds.

    Happy July 4th Weekend!

    Howard Sherman, Implementor

  3. New follower, hopping by! It's so important to feel a connection to the characters if I'm going to read a book and continue the series! Happy reading :)

    Crystal @ Elegantly Bound Books

  4. Characters is a big thing for me when deciding to keep reading or not.

    Girl Who Reads

  5. Hopping through. I also don't like tons of swearing or too much sex. I don't want the "edgy" things to outshine the plot.
    My Hop

  6. I am your new GFC follower. My answer to the Hop question.

    I started reading a book the last month and it was suppose to be a very good book. But after giving it a couple of chapters I just couldn’t get into it. I put the book aside to read another day. I don’t like to do that because I feel as if my mind might have had too many distractions and I didn’t give the book a chance. So I always try to wait for another day to give it another go. I have so many other books calling to me from my to-be-read list that it can really be distracting. READ ME! READ ME!
    I prefer reading and reviewing Christian Fiction but I do read a varity of other books. I just can’t handle too scary or gory. Suspense and Mysteries I like. No explicit adult books either if I do find one I really want to read I just skip over the x-rated stuff. So what genre do I read?

  7. Stopping by via Crazy-For-Book's Blog Hop. I'm following your blog.

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog this weekend so please stop by!

    Holjo @ Pedantic Phooka