Well, November is coming and so is the end of the year. It’s time to dive into the enormous list of books I’ve read in 2015 to pick my Top Ten! This begs the question: “What makes a ‘Top Ten’ book?”
The Questions I Ask Myself:
How did the book make you feel?
Did I cry? Laugh? Stare at the wall in a drunken book-hangover induced stupor? SO many authors have had this effect on me this year, I know it will be a tough choice, but there are a few that stand out in my pea-brain. How many times have you had to mark your page, set your book (or kindle) down, and just breathe through the trauma?
Are the characters memorable?
Mind you, there are levels of memorable. There are characters you think of lovingly when someone mentions their book to you, but there are those that are so firmly etched into your soul that they pop into your head at the most random times. You just can’t help but think of these characters because they have become part of your family.
Were you left satisfied?
There are times where, no matter how much you liked a book, the ending left you wanting for something. Sometimes, it’s because you loved the book to much you cannot imagine your time with it is over. Other times, there’s just something missing.
Would you read it again?
This is a tough one for me, as I rarely re-read anything. Part of my love of romance novels is the ability to experience those “firsts” with the characters, and if I’ve read it before, it’s no longer a “first” for me. It’s weird, I know, but it’s how I roll.
Would you buy this book for a friend?
Notice I didn’t say, “Buy this book again.” There’s a reason for that. I’m cheap. Like super-dee-duper cheap. So, if I spend the money on a book to give it to a friend, it has to be good. Because it will more than likely be a paperback (because wrapping paper, duh!) and those are a bigger investment than an ebook. It takes a helluva lot for me to want someone to read a book so badly that I will purchase it for them.