There's probably no one factor that guarantees I'll read a book. Lots of things grab my attention- books about France, books about Russia, books about Jewish subjects, or just unusual-looking or interesting-looking literary fiction, especially European. The last two are pretty nebulous and subjective, but it's one of those "I'll-know-it-when-I-see-it" things. Some recent examples include Five Women: Stories by Robert Musil; The Door, by Magda Szabo; Love Burns, by Edna Mazya. Booker Prize winners are a no-brainer and books by favorite authors as well.
What element, if a book has it, will make you almost always read that book (and name a book –or books– that contain it)! ((for example: romantic reunions))
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