What Makes a “Good Read?”

Lauren Compton Encouragement 14 Comments

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? 😀

Comments 14

  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!

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  2. 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!

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      Thanks for stopping by, Rebekah! 🙂 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.

  3. 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.

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      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! 😀 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.

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      Hi Mandalynn! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂 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!

  4. 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!!

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