I'm a picky reader and an even pickier book owner.
I don't like stories that are too long and text that is too small or too large. And stories with long rambling speeches are out. I even hate when my book cover corners get messed up or if the pages are printed wrong. You get the idea? I rarely pick up a book on a Sunday afternoon. I do most of my reading in bed in those brief 30 minutes before I fall fast asleep. I need to be able to read to a good stopping point within that amount of time or I might not remember where I left off. If I can't remember where I left off, I won't pick the book back up. I like to read a compilation of short stories sometimes, but I tend to jump around the book and lose track of which stories I've read. All these little habits add up to a process that can be painfully slow if the circumstances aren't just right. All this brings me to the book I am currently reading, "The Memory Keeper's Daughter" by Kim Edwards. Great book. I picked it up in an airport on vacation thinking I might read it on the plane, but didn't end up reading it until about a year later. This is another problem of mine. I like to collect books to read later. I can't explain it, but I think it has something to do with being a graphic designer. I get attracted to a cover or a title and I have to have it. Sometimes the description or the fact that it says "NY Times Best Seller" will also convince me I have to have it! This book attracted me first by the cover and secondly by the fact that Sue Monk Kidd had given it a rave review and I had just finished reading "The Mermaid Chair" and "The Curious Life Of Bees." Both of which are short books.
I haven't finished the "Memory Keeper's Daughter" yet. I'm about 3/4 of the way through it and I love it so much that I sometimes read for a whole 40 minutes before I start drifting off.