- There are piles of books I love, and other piles I return to the library unfinished. When I was a kid, I read pretty much everything I picked up. No longer being able to do this is something of an occupational hazard of writing.
- Plots that hinge on failure to communicate need big-time, compelling, convincing motivation for that failure.
- Presently, I'm really tired of contemporary novels with dysfunctional moms.
- I'm in a plot phase. I want something happening that keeps me turning pages.
- If I reach a point where I can't remember why I'm reading a particular book, it makes me feel like the characters and author are self-indulgent.
- I love beautiful language and quotable lines.
- I love compelling emotion and motivations I believe in my very bones.
- I love an overarching and at least somewhat concrete goal that the MC must accomplish by story's end. When I'm a third or halfway through the book and have lost sight of this, I get antsy.
- I love a lot of books, but I'm not blown away by many. The last MG novel that blew me away was Splendors and Glooms.
What have you noticed about reading lately?