Before books looked more-less the same and they were sold only in book stores…
Now they are not only on your shelves as hard covers, but also in your e reader, computer, iPad and on USB.
For a nice book you no longer need put on your clothes and go the nearest bookstore. You just need internet access and a click.
At the same time the self-publishing concept has emerged. That gave the opportunity for hidden talents to become visible, but at the same time some bullshit content to come up too…
What are you looking for while starting reading a book?
What should the book be like in order to be considered as a good one?
I think that there are no right or wrong answers.
Here is my humble opinion
Joy – you have to enjoy the process of reading. You should not read because it’s a classic and most of the world tells it’s good. You should read because you enjoy it a lot. You may find a piece of treasure no one has heard about, which may become source of great joy for you.
Interest – if you get the need of jumping through few pages and/or skipping long discriptions then the book is not interesting enough and most probably is not worth the time. In best case I would just scan it fast and get to another one.
Escaping the Reality – if you are completely out of reality when you read the book and you are inside the story with all your attention then it’s the book worth sinking into.
Feelings – books are strong when they evoke feelings. You have to shiver, be afraid, feel happy and get all the feelings characters go through. You have to live the story yourself while reading.
Knowledge – each time you read you are supposed to learn something new, otherwise what’s the sense? Here I mean both – intelectual and emotional IQs.
Food for Thought – there are books, which don’t leave anything after reading and there are others, which provoke thoughts. The later ones make you grow.
Inspiration – it’s amazing how writers may make so many completely different people feel, think and learn through their writing. Each book should inspire the reader to do something special – be that follow a dream, start someting new, or just notice the how amazing the life is.
No matter how many million books are coming out each year, good quality fiction is still rare. Maybe that is why there are not too many names that are accepted, loved and read by millions even many years after they are gone.
What about you? How do you decide whether the book was good or not?