This weeks question from the Book Blogger Hop at crazy-for-books.com is:
“What keeps you reading beyond the first few pages of a book, and what makes you want to stop reading a book and put it back on the shelf?“
I always have to finish a book. I don't know what it is but I have to know what happens, even if I don't like the book, I have to get there in the end. That's probably why I'm quite picky about the books I pick up in the first place, because I know I will have to read it. I can count on one hand the number of books I never finished reading over my lifetime.
So maybe I'll rephrase the question to what keeps me enjoying the book after the first few pages? Definitely character development. If I enjoy reading about a character and want to know more than I tend to like a book more. If the characters are funny, witty, lovely, complex, or even downright evil, I absolutely love to read about them. I am very character driven in my reading.