There are millions of good books out there, but there are much less great books. Each person has a different way of deciding which books are “good” and which are “great,” but today I wanted to share my own criteria.
Good books make you feel like you’re watching a nice movie. Great books make you feel like you’re in them.
Am I right or am I right? Good authors will make you imagine and picture what their world looks like in their minds, but it takes a brilliant writer to really transport you into the world of the book.
Good books have awesome characters. Great books have unforgettable characters.
As an avid reader and high school student, I read a shit ton of books a year, on top of all the required reading for school. Sometimes when I like a character, I’ll go, “[x] is pretty awesome,” then completely forget their name two hours later. Unforgettable characters
like Percy Jackson are those you won’t forget even years after reading the book, and they come from great books.
Good books make you say, “Wow.” Great books make you say, “Holy. Freaking. Shit.”
That moment after you turn the last page of a book, you’re going to react to it. Great books will make you wonder how such an amazing, better-than-wow thing has come upon the earth.
Good books make you feel. Great books make your heart explode.
I don’t know about you, but I am a very emotional reader. And when a books make my heart constrict and make me feel as if I’d die of a heart attack, then it’s an instant favorite.
Good books leave an impact on you. Great books change your life.
Most books will leave you with a life tip. Good books will make you go, “Oh, yeah. So glad I know about this now,” or perhaps, “I feel so horrible about [x].” Fantabulous books will make you want to change your life for the better.
Do you agree with my criteria? Do you have your own? What are the some of the great books you’ve read?
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.