There are lots of books to read. Lots of intriguing sounding plots and captivating covers. But what exactly equates to a “good read” to me?
That’s certainly quite the question! 😉 So I guess I’ll start by listing some things I appreciate when I’m reading!
- Skilful writing (certainly a big plus!)
- Adventure (yep, love a good dose of that to keep things ticking along.) 😛
- Relatable, 3D characters (because who wants to experience the world through the eyes of a cardboard main character!)
- True events (always a bonus!)
- Mystery (it’s human nature to like a bit of intrigue!)
All the above are things that I appreciate . . . things that make me more likely to enjoy a book . .
Even if a book is the most interesting, engaging book in the world–full of mystery, adventure, well-rounded characters, true events, and amazing writing–it still might not reach my good-book status! 😮
There’s a few other things that are more important to me than all the above!
- Good family relationships (I’m talking about parent-child and sibling interactions)
- Wholesome plot line (I don’t want to become indifferent about murder etc.)
- Appropriate boy-girl relationships (yep, what we read shapes who we become!) 🙂
- God-honouring language (because that’s what I want to fill my mind with 🙂 )
- Growing characters (ones who learn to look to God more)
- A worthwhile, faith-based theme (I want to come away enriched and inspired! 😀 )
I guess it can be summed up by this well-known verse.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”Philippians 4:8
What do you think? What makes a good read? Do you agree with my answer to the question? 😀