What makes a good book?

“If a book is well written, I always find it too short.”

Jane Austen

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At some point, everyone reads a story that touches them. Whether it was a book your mother or father read to you as a child, a book you were assigned to read in school, or a book you picked for yourself, books have the ability to make lasting impressions on us. However, some books stand out to us the most. The good books, the ones that are more than just a well-written story. These are the ones that have really become treasures to humanity. What is it that makes up ones of these sort of stories?

Here’s some of the elements that I think make a book worth the read. 

  • Strong and alluring opening
  • Diverse characters with qualities, emotions, and difficulties that the reader can relate to.
  • Charming and unique dialogue
  • Takes place in a “world” that has a measure of depth
  • Captivating conflicts and character relationships
  • Has educational content
  • Original and suitable style of writing
  • Involves themes in which readers can make their own perceptions
  • A satisfying, yet compelling conclusion

When we pick up a book that have these components, it’s almost as if you never really want the book to end. Maybe you’ll even want to read it again. These are the stories that make you forget that you are just reading words off a printed page, but they make you feel as if you are traveling and are in another world entirely. These are the ones that will evoke deep emotions and thoughts. These are the sort of books that contain the power to shape us.

What are some qualities that you think a good book should have, or what is a good book that you have read? Feel free to share in the comments!

Our Unrelenting Inclination

“Since I first gained the use of reason my inclination toward leaning had been so violent and strong that neither the the scolding of other people…nor my own reflections…have been able to stop me from following this natural impulse…”

Juana Ines de la Cruz


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If anything had triggered progress in humanity, it is probably our innate, burning desire to know the unknown, to understand what we do not yet understand, and to grasp what may have been previously deemed indecipherable. So much has come out of this somewhat unconscious inclination.

I feel that reading satisfies this desire. With books, we are able to enjoy learning, and even experiencing (through our capable imaginations) almost a infinite number of topics. Everyone is curious about something and have questions that they want an answer to. However, we live in a world in which we have everything at our fingertips, where an answer is merely a click away. Personally, I find it much more gratifying and arousing to learn about my curiosities through a book. There’s something more magical about it, reading the lines on a page in which a writer laboriously fabricated for the motive of piquing the mind of it’s reader.

Often, our unrelenting inclination towards learning is often left unsatisfied. It’s often fear of being unpopular that I believe hinders the process of  intellectual growth. Maybe the primary way that many people may attempt seeking their mindly interests, whether they are unpopular or not, may be through a quick internet search on their smart phones. It also may because having curiosity in certain subjects is frowned upon or even rejected in their community. I have experience both firsthand. Nonetheless, I didn’t allow it to keep me from from finding books, and learning about the things that fascinated me.

If there is matter that fills your mind with wonder and intriguge, you should not allow anything from stopping you from hunting for information about it. In the end, there is are only a few thing things more rewarding than searching and finding. Personally, I recommend libraries, which are our world’s free intellectual havens and open sources of knowledge on almost anything. Pick up a book or two, and it will start you on a journey that you may have never guessed you’d be on before.

On Books & Reading

“Reading [is] my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author’s words reverberating in your head.”
Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

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There is something to be said about the power that beholds a  human being with a pen in their hand. Surely, most often, their objective is not to create works that bring happiness to people of various ages, that can inspire change, or that hold knowledge that could bring fulfillment to its reader. However, a writer surpasses common script when they choose to do their work with a meaningful purpose that benefits others, and give an outlet for introspection and imagination.

There are far too many examples of writers of this sort to list. However, when a child is given the ability to read these writings that people have put to the feet of the world to pick up and to indulge it can be quite the impetus for something brilliant.

Unfortunately, this is often not taken for granted.

I love reading. But…I remember I hated it. When I was about five years old, I didn’t want any parts of it. Nevertheless, I did love stories. I made them up every day when I would play with my siblings. I loved hearing my mom read them to me. I loved the warm and dreamy feeling they gave me. Thankfully, I eventually became more open-minded, and I graduated to reading chapter books with pictures. I would read about 100 pages every night before I slept, but only because of my academic obligation. When I did finally start reading books without pictures, after much encouragement, everything changed for me. I could see the imagery of the story that the writer was describing, like a movie playing in my mind. It was as if time had stopped. I had entered another world, another universe. Such a powerful object it was, that I was holding in my hands.

It was then that I realized that I loved reading.

Then, I wanted a dog. I begged for it with no letup, and to convince my parents that I was responsible enough to have it, I intensely studied dogs at the age of seven. I knew from how dogs gave birth to dozens of breeds to how to train them. I really enjoyed this, and it satisfied me immensely when I actually did get a puppy two years later. I noticed that I also loved reading nonfiction, and learning about nature and sciences.

Reading and books had become my passion. I would never leave the house without a book. I could read in the car without getting sick, which was probably only due to my determination. I had to start using glasses, which was probably caused by my habit of reading in the dark. There was something about reading that truly brought me happiness. It filled a void in my life that couldn’t be filled in any other way at the time. It gave me a way to escape when I felt that I really wanted to. Someday, I hope I can also provide this feeling for others as well.

Whether it is to give your brain a vacation or to learn something new, I strongly believe that books are vital. I hope that when reading my posts that I can inspire you to read more if you aren’t already a book lover. Since I have been trying to write stories as well, I hope my writing here will be a catalyst for improving my ability to transfer my thoughts properly to paper. There are many other people out there who are like me, who love books and the sheer comfort and joy it brings them. My wish is that as readers and dreamers and savants and believers we keep this love for books alive so the power of literature can influence humanity for generations and generations to come.