Erm… words?As I’ve said before, I’ll read most books.
The most important thing for me in terms of enjoying a novel is a distinctive narrative voice, authentic characters and a well constructed story. I prefer it when stories don’t follow generic conventions too closely, because I want to be surprised. To a certain extent I like to have a suspicion of how the book will end, but not to be certain of it half way through. I like to be entertained and surprised.
I think that might be why I like skewed love stories and dystopian fiction. You have an idea of how things are meant to work out and then the whole world is twisted around and shaken into something new. I like worlds that you recognise enough to connect with, but with new dangers lurking all around. Margaret Atwood is fantastic at this.