I’ve been reading a lot lately. Well, a lot for me. Some of the reading has been purely for pleasure, but most of the time I have been wondering, “What makes a good book?” I had an answer for most of the last month: a book in which you can’t find a place for your bookmark. This holds true to some extent, but I’m not fully attached to it – not anymore.
As I struggle to clear my mind to read another novel, I think I have found my answer: a story that doesn’t let go of you when you let go of the book. My head is swimming in the last story right now, coming up with questions, guessing at answers, waiting for more. I find it hard to decide on the next book, the rebound story, as I break up with the characters I currently love.
When do you realize you read a great book? What were the clues? What makes it good?