|My latest haul from the library|
We’ve all read really, really great books; the books you love and want to devour and savor at the same time. The books you can’t wait to finish, and at the same don’t want to end. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about really great books lately. It seems that it has been a while since I’ve stumbled across a book I would call a really, really great book. I went to the library yesterday and left with quite a pile of books by different authors, in hopes of finding something that I will love.
Does everyone go through dry spells when it comes to finding books you love? Does it seem like sometimes you go through several books in a row that just don’t speak to you? Books that you finish reading, in hopes that the next page, the next chapter, something will be what you’re searching for, only to be left disappointed.
I’ve been going through such a dry spell. I’ve been reading, but I just haven’t loved much of what I’ve read. I want more. This has of course made me really think about what makes a book great, at least for me. That’s not always easy to answer.
I need to care about the characters, which to me means they need to be real; not so much “good guys” and “bad guys”, but a mix of both; like most people really are. I want a story that hasn’t been told exactly the same way dozens and dozens of times. I want authenticity, not overblown stereotypes or highly exaggerated characters.
Most of all, I want to find more authors whose books I enjoy reading. Some of my favorite authors are Joshilyn Jackson, Sarah Addison Allen, Rosamunde Pilcher, Alan Bradley, EleanorBrown, and Belva Plain. Now that I’ve shared some of my favorite authors I really hope you will share some of yours as well.