Tuesday, May 15, 2012
You Know You're Reading a Good Book When...
You know when you're reading a good book when...
How do you finish that sentence?
What makes you decide the e-book on your screen or the paperback in your hand is going to be a great read? At what point do you have that “eureka!” moment? When do you know the story will echo in your heart long after you turn the last page?
Is it when you meet the characters and find their goals, motivation, and conflict resonate with—or are refreshingly different from—your own? Or when the first plot twist steals your breath, or makes your heart quiver or your mind race for answers? Or when you’re completely transported into the story after reading only a page, or a paragraph?
The Wild Rose Press author Emma Lai replied, “I know I’m reading a good book when I’ve fallen in love with the characters by page two, or when I’ve read twenty pages without once glancing up, or when I’ve laughed, cried, groaned, moaned, or gotten angry with one of the characters.”
TWRP author Maxine Mansfield said this, “You know you’re reading a really good book when you have to pee so bad, you are squeezing your thighs together as tight as you can get them, just so you can get to the end of the chapter before you have no choice but to get up and run!” She added, “It happens to me all the time.”
Other devout readers of romance had this to say:
“When something unusual happens that I wasn’t expecting, but it’s perfect.”
“When I lose track of time and where I’m at and what I’m supposed to be doing.”
“When I think I know what’s going to happen so I keep reading to make sure I’m right.”
“When it’s highly recommended, especially by friends who like the same stories I do.”
“When I smell dinner burning!”
What about you? When do you know the story you’re reading is a good one?
Lori LeBonde, editor, Scarlet Rose