Have you ever read a book and encountered a specific instance or event that just made you love that book a little more? Something that the author could have easily left out, but they decided to include and it just makes the book a little more real. I love those things! While I was reading The Guinevere Deception today, I encountered one and had the idea to make this list. So without further ado, here are five little things I love in books:
1. When a character gets their period
Yes, you read that right. As a person who has a period, it is just so comforting and indescribable to see a character on the page experience that same thing. If you are someone who does not have a period, maybe you cannot understand this. But I always appreciate the author adding this tiny detail to make the character seem more real.
2. When the author briefly describes a character’s outfit
The key word here being briefly. Jenny Han does this amazingly in To All the Boys I’ve Loved before, providing characterization for Lara Jean, context for our visual, and outfit inspiration all at once. I love when authors take a sentence or two to describe what their character is wearing, but any more than that can be a bit overboard.
3. When a character is immediately attracted to another character but does not know it (or refuses to acknowledge it)
Bonus points if it is painfully obvious to the reader. It is just so amusing to me when a character is so obviously crushing on another but they can’t tell. I cannot really explain why I love this so much, but I do.
4. When a character we are not supposed to like is funny
Whether it’s the villain or just someone annoying, them being funny from time to time just brings them to life. You can’t hate someone all the time, occasionally they will do something funny or relatable. Also I love funny moments in books so I love this an extra bit.
5. When the Main Character loves to read
This one is my favorites! Like Tessa Grey from The Infernal Devices, it just makes me feel a little bit closer to the character. Extra points if, like Tessa, the character uses literature to bond with their love interest.
So those are just some of the little details I love in books! Thank you so much for reading!
What are some little things you love in books? Do you agree or disagree with my picks?
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