Hello! My name is Elizabeth, and I love reading a good book.
What makes a good book? That’s certainly a question I can go on and on about.
It normally all starts with the cover. The cover doesn’t really influence how I read the book, or whether I like it, but it nearly controls whether I pick it up or not. If the cover is tasteful, aesthetically pleasing, or features things I enjoy reading about, then I pick up the book and at least read the summary. The same applies to manga and anime as well — if the art is not my taste, no matter how good the plot is or how relatable the characters are, I simply can’t read/watch it.
Characters: well, I do like nuance in a personality, of course. I love looking into weaknesses and normal people, and developing that as far as it can go. Some characters I’ve loved are Kate and Linay from Plain Kate, Jena from Wildwood Dancing, Flora from Flora Segunda, and Sabriel from Sabriel.
On the other hand, I absolutely hate characters who are essentially indecisive. I’m not talking about the momentary doubt, I’m talking about characters whose defining feature is their doubt. There are many other things that can make me despise a character, but most of the time, if a book contains an awful character, I will throw the book away as far as I can, and run.
Settings I’ve loved are most notably fantasy. Settings in the real world tend not to stand out to me, as, well, they’re in the real world. There’s not much I notice that’s outstanding.