Ernest Hemingway (1899–1961) said “All good books have one thing in common – they are truer than if they really happened and after you have finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you“.

What do YOU think makes a good book?

5 thoughts on “A good book is…

  1. Something that is very important to me in a good book is that there is an element of magic. I love it when a book transports me to an unexpected place or introduces me to an unexpected character. I like a book to allow me to believe that anything is possible – and I love books that are infused with a sense of authenticity – even in the most unlikely circumstances. This is best exemplified in my all-time favourite book, The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox.

  2. Magic, unexpected, authenticity… Thank you for your interesting comment.

  3. Allan Ahlberg, famous British writer for children said: “Every good book, so we’re told, has a beginning, a middle and an end.” 🙂

  4. Book Club Members said:

    “A good book has a really good ending.”

    “When you finished a good book, you feel that you miss a friend”

    “A good book keeps me going for a long time” (=can be read with pleasure again and again)

    “You can’t put it down”

    “A good book tells things you want to believe, in a way you can believe”

    “A good book is one you can relate to”

  5. The main symptom of a good book is that you can’t put it down. You wait expectantly for the next 2mn or 2 hours you can sit down with it. It is like surfing on the story and you feel enlightened when the last page is turned.
    For me personnaly, I get a buzz about books that explore the human condition and historical events.
    Good old “To kill a mocking bird”
    and “Shantaram”

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