BTT: Stories

If you’re anything like me, one of your favorite reasons to read is for the story. Not for the character development and interaction. Not because of the descriptive, emotive powers of the writer. Not because of deep, literary meaning hidden beneath layers of metaphor. (Even though those are all good things.) No … it’s because you want to know what happens next?

Or, um, is it just me?

Ummm…no, it’s not only you. One of the main purpose of reading a book, for me, is the story. Many books I have loved have strong story lines, be it fiction or non-fiction.Moreover, I tend to remember books which have a good story.

But sometimes, I just might read a book because it has some interesting and different concepts. For e.g. Eleven minutes.

I don’t know many people who like the book. But I loved it. I don’t think it has a strong story line, but I was still interested to read it back to back.

Sometimes, I read a book because the writing is very beautiful. It may or may not have a strong story.

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11 thoughts on “BTT: Stories

  1. I just have to have a book capture me.. my attention…my imagination. I usually know this by the first few pages. I’ll certainly give this a go. I’m a bit of a reading machine myself lately.
    I read and enjoyed the Alchemist.

  2. I have that book and I’m glad that you reviewed it. I love a good story, but beautiful writing will win me over anytime. Once I get through my barrage of ARCs, this will be high on my list.

    Violet, please send me your mailing info and Fiscal Pear is yours. I don’t mind shipping to India. I never have before, so it will be an adventure for me. 🙂

  3. Daffy: I have read the Alchemist, but for some reason I did nto like it. I like his writing style, very simplistic. But in the end I just couldn’t get the message. My loss 🙂

  4. For me, beautiful writing will win every time. If an author tells a story I’m not very interested in but tells it so well that I can’t stop reading because the language is too beautiful, I’m a happy girl.

  5. Ah. I’m afraid I’m one of those freaks who’s quite happy not to have a story – just give me lots of character…. sorry! But I’ve got nothing against a good yarn mind you!

  6. I have stayed away from Coelho after the disappointment at the ending of The Alchemist. I do agree that non-fiction can be just as engrossing. It’s especially true when I read about the places I’ll travel, to be familiar with history and culture.

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