Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Blogger Hop - 4/4 - 4/10

 Question of the Week:

To you, what qualifies a book as good or bad? Are some books objectively better than others, or is it purely a matter of opinion?

My Answer:

To me a book can be qualified as good if it has characters that you think about when you aren't reading and when you turn the last page.

A book would be bad if the storyline gets you lost or you can't keep track of the characters.

A good book is in my favorite reading genres with a bad book being in a genre that I definitely "tried" to like and just couldn't. 

Opinion to me would matter in terms of the genre and likes of the reader.
This will definitely be quite interesting to see everyone's answers .

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  1. I think a lot of it comes down to personal opinion although I think the mood I'm in can affect whether I like a book or not.

  2. For me it's when you pick up a book and it captures your imagination, not necessarily right away though, your drawn to each page and really don't want to put the book down at all. I think that the connection is purely down to the writing skills of the author.

  3. I think you make some great points, Elisabeth. Especially with whether or not the characters stay/story with you. A memorable casts of characters and/or storyline could be a great way to rate whether a book is good or not. Well, as long as it sticks with you because it was good and not so horrible you're still wondering what the heck you just read.

    Personal opinion is it for me.

    Thanks for visiting my BBH

  4. Hello! Loved the question this week. I gave a long answer.

  5. Definitely MOOD is a factor.

    I totally agree, Kathy. THANKS for stopping.

  6. Author skills and being drawn are important for a good or bad book rating.

    Characters are my main barometer.

    Thanks for stopping, Sharon.

  7. I agree, Page.

    Wondering what I read does make it a very bad book. I usually don't continue with books like that.

    THANKS for stopping.

  8. THANKS for stopping, Annette.

    Your answer was long but VERY good.

    THANKS for your thoughts and for stopping by my blog.

  9. You know, you really make a GREAT point when you state that, if a book's characters stay with you, the book can be considered good. I totally agree! In such a book, the characters actually cease to be merely fictional creations, and become "real"! I find that this characteristic holds true for my favorite books, in several different genres.

    I also agree that much of a book's appeal rests with a given reader's subjective opinion. I will NEVER like, or consider good, a book in the erotica genre, for instance, no matter how well-written or engaging the characters.

    Thanks for your thoughts, and for dropping by and commenting on my own BBH post!! : )

  10. To me, a book is great if you can't wait for your next opportunity to read and you're sad when you've finished it. And on a side tangent, I think a great author is someone who can engross you in a book about something you may not be interested in. I do think books are very personal and people have different tastes…some books may appeal to certain people and not to others…doesn't make them good or bad. Loved reading everyone's thoughts!

  11. Maria...thanks so much for stopping back.

    I don't read erotica either...not for me.

    Characters are the main reason for a good book for me.

  12. I love everyone's answers too, Sarah.

    I knew it would generate interesting, informative answers.

    THANKS for stopping by.

  13. True, those books where you finish and you can't stop thinking about the characters and you want the story to continue, you want to be 'in' the story.

  14. I want to be in some books I read. That is so true, Peggy.

    THANKS for stopping.

  15. I do agree, if a book is in a genre I just couldn't like, then it qualifies as bad for me! Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great weekend!
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  16. Definitely must be in my genre of choice. :)

    THANKS for stopping as always, Julie.