What makes a book a good book?

Honestly, it totally depends on the reader. My taste in books is not sophisticated, by any means.  I loved the Harry Potter books, and I totally enjoyed the Twilight series (Yup…that’s right…as an adult).  Hey, no judgey.  There are some grown-up choices on my favorites list, and since joining my book club (highly recommended) I like to think my tastes have matured slightly.  But what makes a book really good in my opinion is whether it can make me forget that I’m just reading (or listening to) a bunch of words that someone else put together.  If it can engage my imagination and consume me to the point that all I want to do is keep reading. . .bingo!

I stopped reading for a long time, not really sure why. But I remember the first book that sparked that flame again for me.  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.  Yes…you would find this gem in the young adult section in the book store. It was the first time I couldn’t wait for the release date of a book sequel. So many nights I looked over at my clock to see that it was WAY past my bedtime and thought “just one more chapter”.  How wonderful is that feeling?? This book had the perfect balance of fantasy and reality to keep me absorbed from the first few pages to the very last, and ultimately on into the next two books. When you become fully immersed in a story, you can see it, you can feel it.  And I think it is that quality that makes it such an experience.

I would love to hear some of your favorites and why they made it onto your list. Let me know what qualities you feel make a book unputdownable.


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