What Makes a “Good Read?”

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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.) ๐Ÿ˜›
  • 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!) ๐Ÿ™‚
  • God-honouring language (because that’s what I want to fill my mind with ๐Ÿ™‚ )
  • Growing characters (ones who learn to look to God more)
  • A worthwhile, faith-based theme (I want to come away enriched and inspired! ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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? ๐Ÿ˜€


14 responses to “What Makes a “Good Read?””

  1. How refreshing to see a believer applying these principles found in Philippians 4:8 into everyday life. So often we can separate our faith from everyday living and we can be enticed into thinking like the world instead of aiming to live a Biblical life. If we can take this verse and put it into action in our lives and in our writing maybe we can be a LIGHT to the world. Let our standards be high!

    1. Thanks Mum! 💗 Very true! The world’s ways can be very enticing, but we certainly need to keep our eyes on the prize that is set before us! ๐Ÿ™‚ And it will be SO worth it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Yes! I agree whole-heartedly with this post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m glad to hear that! Let’s keep striving to honour God in ALL we do!

  3. All of the above! Great post!!!

    1. Thanks, Ryana Lynn! Glad you enjoyed it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. So true! It saddens me to see authors who claim it’s okay to include XYZ because that’s what makes a good book, or it’s realistic, or it’s how people talk. We need to be different than the world.
    Thanks for sharing this, Lauren!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rebekah! ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re right!! It is sad and discouraging to see what is in some “Christian” books. What makes a truly good book is what is right in God’s eyes–not a plot and elements that blend into the world.

  5. Rachel Taylor Avatar
    Rachel Taylor

    I agree with all that you said. That is definitely what I would count as a good read. Now the question is, “What counts as a GREAT read?” Sometimes it does seem like standards are too high. I think that’s because of just how low so many standards are. The contrast is hard to miss. That’s what I want my walk with God to reflect. His Light.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! ๐Ÿ˜€ You’re quite right! Sadly, a lot of the time our standards slip/are negatively influenced without our even realising! May we all reflect God’s standards in our lives–thus shining light in the darkness.

  6. Mandalynn Avatar

    I just watched this video on the sort of things you should read, and loved it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=duiuTK5wva0

    Have you heard of Lamplighter Ministries?

    1. Hi Mandalynn! Thanks for stopping by! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes! My family loves the Lamplighter audio dramas. They are very professional and have such solid points. Always something to learn and take away from them.
      Thanks for the link!

  7. Ruthann Avatar

    Hello! I just found your blog through reading Rebekah’s Read Another Page. She was promoting your book and I hopped on over here to check out your blog! I know I’m commenting on an old post, but I just absolutely LOVE what you said!! Thank you for writing this!!

    1. Hi Ruthann! I’m so glad you stopped by! Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed the post! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m glad that it was a blessing to you! God bless! ๐Ÿ˜€

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