No. I’m not telling you something about my personal-personal life. Behave.
With my surgery behind me, (thanks to everyone for your kindness and prayers) I've come to appreciate those little things in life that at times you overlook. The ways the sun rays stream between tree limbs, a child’s laugh can brighten your heart or a good book can make you forget the world around you.
I read several books a month and probably around a couple hundred in a year. Sad to say, but many of the books I never finish. My time is too precious to finish a book that doesn’t hold my interest. At the same time, when I finish a book and say that’s good, it doesn’t necessary mean I want to re-read it. Then there are the few I will keep on my shelves and plan to re-read, study and possibly learn to improve my craft. What makes a book a keeper?
A special or unique storyline? Characters that jump off the page? Easy to read? Makes you laugh out loud? Bring tears to your eyes? Hot love scenes? Exotic locale or time?
For some, if it is a marriage of convenience, it’s a sure buy. If it has a hidden baby, they can’t turn it down. If it has a cop or any man in uniform -- Katie, bar the door! -- they’re coming for it! A second time at love or a virginal bride, they reach for it no matter who wrote it. Vampires, slayers, cowboys, spies, werewolves, knights, Scotsmen, tycoons, etc., etc., etc.
I like all the above, except maybe for the hidden baby scenario. The biggy that gets me is spies. (Bet some of my friends didn't even know that.) Throw in a marriage of convenience, a vampire, and I’m in heaven.
So when you’re looking for a book, what do you look for? What are some of your hot points for your keepers?