• Camila Lamy

My Personal Guide to Finding a Good Book

Some people argue that a book shouldn't be judged by its cover, then what should it be judged by? Many people have a personal criteria to what their ideal book should be like; such book covers their points up on a personal level that fully satisfies the reader in question. Like many, I have devoured books in a way of contemplating how I interpret my expectations. I have admonished every gently skimmed line of a book as well as exhaustively compelled myself to get my eyes to trail down the last line of a page. This is a paradox that crosses both ways of my mind trying to fulfill the imaginative persona that rises out of me as I nourish my ideas to find a good book. As a young reader, the tantrums of responsibilities that jump through my mind cloud my logic to profoundly analyze a book, yet I still guard for these three elements that an engaging book should have: an appealing synopsis written by an author who that catches my eye and fury to continue reading as well as a good font size.

A synopsis for a book is like a trailer to a movie. A synopsis typically introduces the reader to the book’s characters and ideas, they’re the basis of long hours of fierce staring causing the reader to be in a wanderlust between the pages. As I scrambled through the back of my books in search of an engaging synopsis, I notice that Louisa May Alcott builds up her first sentence with all the information a possible reader might need. “Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy are four sisters living with their mother in New England.” In a short, yet precise sentence, the readers receive the characters, their names, their relationship, who is close to them, and the setting. Just by acknowledging these central elements of a book, a reader may be able to find similarities to their favorite genre, their favorite period, and their favorite characteristics which will be something to aim and look forward to if the book passed that first stage of a book trial.

One of my favorite feelings of long-term gratification is finding a great author that appeals to that persistence of judging a book by these rules. I would typically enjoy reading a story with smooth writing, to me that’s a writing style that doesn't make the reader put a great effort into a “reading commitment”. Great authors create alternate worlds for their audience, they make it easy for the readers to get lost in a story. I think that achieving this gratification is a product of persistence. Of course, every author characterizes themselves differently, even if it's just a small quirk from other authors that may write the same genre and maybe appeal to the same audience. As for me, I wouldn't be able to name my favorite author, I would limit myself to the way of expression of others, it would not be sufficient to determine what I like the best when I haven't tried even half of it.

When it comes to buying books, I believe that the first thing I see is the word’s font size. This might seem unexpected and unnecessary, but not when I think of the miserable place I put myself as I try to put all of my attention to the story rather than the number of lines I need to read to continue with the next page. This task is at hard as it gets, even worse when I find myself counting the number of pages I still need to read to finish a chapter. As I go through these thoughts, I realize the sense of accomplishment I receive as I go throughout my day completing tasks. I feel joy as I click on the assignments on my homework list, crossing out all of the completed ones; I feel joy as I finish a chapter because then, I’ll be able to start something new. I think of font size in a book as the number of ice cubes put in an ice tea, if they’re too much, it will overfill, and if they’re too many words it will overwhelm.

Writing books is one of the hardest undertakings that someone may put on themselves. Nevertheless, authors create wonderful imagery, they go through many creative processes which ends up being someone's escape from reality. Around the whole concept of the book, authors think out the genre of the book, its characters, its synopsis, and then the physical aspect of the book, exemplifying elements such as font size. To me, these may be my criteria on what makes a good book; and if I wrap it all in a sentence I would be able to say that a good book is made by an author that creates a vivid description of events that is shown throughout the whole book by its writing style, it is of a genre that ignites my curiosity and it has a perfect font size that makes me gain a sense of accomplishment. What makes a good book isn't just the composition of these three elements, but what you like and what you enjoy. For now, these are mine and I look forward to finding them successfully applied to every book I read.

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