Consider yourself warned.  This reading journal is about to become a writing journal!

Here’s my MAGNA CARTA I (see No Plot?  No Problem! for details) - a list of things I really like in books.

MAGNA CARTA I Magical girls Smart girls Sisters Love that doesn’t get in the way of adventure Love that isn’t too angsty Love that is fun Pretty hair Horses Smart men who have principles Misunderstood people (mostly because they’re too smart) A few close friends Fantastical elements Cleverly hidden exposition Intricate interweaving of mythology Imagery Talking cats Puzzles Girls who are strong but not physically tough

What about you?  What elements do you really like in your stories?