“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?“
This is definitely a hard question. I can't say that there's any one thing that will make me keep reading or put a book down. I like being grabbed from the very beginning. If the beginning doesn't grab me then I probably won't like the book quite as much. I like interesting characters (ones that feel like they could actually exist), interesting settings (exotic locales seem to be my favorite) and the author's ability to keep me guessing about what's going to happen next! I don't really care for predictability.
What say you?