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How to choose a good book

September 13, 2007

Have you ever read a bad book?  I hate bad books, when I read something I don’t like, I boycott it.  Sorta like how I boycott Harry Potter, even though it’s good I just don’t enjoy it very much, funny heh.  I am a big bookreader, I can read 500 page novels in 6 hours without taking a bathroom break, eating, looking up or anything else, but I require a good book to do so.  I will now explain how to choose a good book to loan of buy:
Usually the first law of a good book is, a series determines how good the book is.  That means if the book is a single book without a series it is usually no good.  But if there is a series behind it to show that people have liked it, then the book will generally be better.  Not to say that there aren’t exceptions, because many Rohld Dahl books are great and also many starting books don’t have series.  All series have to start at one time or another.

The second law in determining a good book is how long it is.  This may not always apply (such as Rohld Dahl and select picture books) but it is important.  If a book is really short, like only a hundred pages, it won’t last you long and it probably won’t be too deep.  Keep in mind this rule applies only to novels.

Is the title good?  If it isn’t then the author might be lacking in the creativity department.  But don’t always judge a book by the title.  You have to use your senses, if a book is called, “Harry and Bobby’s adventure through sunnybrook in the Snow,”  I am guessing the book isn’t worth your time.

The cover.  Have you ever heard the expression, “don’t judge a book by the cover?”  You probably have.  If a book has no cover, I am guessing the author was too cheap to pay someone to draw one.  But I have read a good book with a bad cover, it was called the Polar Express, an awesome story but the cover sucked.  If you are unsure, read a bit of the story or you can judge the book on the title.

These 4 rules determine how good a book is.  Remember them, for they will be the most important advice you ever get for choosing a book.  I use them!  That’s why.  I recommend reading the Pendragon series, because it has many unexpected  twists, plots, and characters.

Tomorrow on zablog is what makes a good book.  I will explain what elements make great books great and bad ones bad.

Written by Ian

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