Thoughts and questions about reading coming atcha!
Let’s Discuss: How Do You Judge if a Book is Good?
How do you judge if a book is truly good?
This seems like a really obvious question to ask, but there are many factors that go into deciding if a book is “good” or not. Or, for me, if a book is worthy of a recommendation or not.
Things I consider:
- Writing quality
- Connection to the characters
- Believability of the romance (read: rooting for them)
- Ability to be made to feel something about the story
- For Fantasy/SciFi: Quality of world-building
Would you add any criteria to this list?
If a book is good, it might not even need ALL of the things on the list, but it definitely needs strong entries in a few.
I was prompted to write this post and ask these questions after reading a book that I initially thought, “Wow, this was pretty good.” Then upon further thought, picked out more and more things I didn’t think were as great (a contemporary book that was mainly just a romance with little else going on).
What threw me off was that I read it so quickly. I could not stop reading. And, that got me thinking: Is that enough?
For me, I came away thinking that “unputdownableness” (I know that word is horrible, but nothing else does the trick) is not in and of itself enough to make a book good – or good enough to recommend anyway.
What’s your verdict? How do you judge if a book is good and what types of things aren’t “enough?”