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What makes or breaks a book?
"Seeds, drifting in from beyond the walls of Castle Gloom, had found fertile soil, and grown, undisturbed by mortals. Ivy crept over the battlements, thick, black, and shimmering with ice. Scarlet roses bloomed despite the snow, their heads hanging from worn statues like blood drops. Oak trees rose from the broken flagstones, their branches having brought down the walls and now spread out high and wide over the keep." (from Dream Magic by Joshua Khan).
I also want to be able to relate to the character in some way or just a character that stands out and is different from something that I've already read. I love characters that have a sense of humor, are snarky or one's that take me back to a younger me. There has to be a strong plot that I can follow.
How do we rate the books?
What do we want from an author event?
How does diversity representation fit into all of this?
“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”
― Rudine Sims Bishop
Let's Collaborate & Listen:
The online book community has changed so much over the years. How do we keep up within our own book-sphere as well as within the community as a whole (i.e., libraries, bookstores, authors, publishers, etc.)?
My main resources for what is going on in the book sphere is Twitter and Goodreads. I tend to follow my favorite authors, bloggers, a few publishing companies on Twitter and follow their blogs too. Most of the authors that I know have all been very approachable and it feels like a community atmosphere. I also read through the upcoming monthly releases on Goodreads or Barnes and Noble and check NetGalley or Edelweiss for review copies. There's a used bookstore in town which I don't frequent as much as I used to, they just don't get much turnover. However, my library is awesome!! I've recommended books to them and they're pretty receptive to getting them.
What do you look for in a book? What makes it special? Feel free to leave your thoughts or a link to your post if you're participating in Armchair BookExpo.