Need a Good Book to Read?
How to Find Your Next Favorite Book
Do you need a good book to read? What are you looking for in your next book?
A fast paced book you just can’t put down?
A book whose characters are so real that you feel as if you’d know them if you met them on the street?
Something that will take you someplace completely different?
Or a book whose language is powerful or poetic?
Did you ever think about why you loved your favorite book? What was it about that particular book that appealed to you so much? Was it the story, the characters, the setting, or the language used by the author? That part of the book that hooked you is called it’s appeal characteristic (by those of us who practice the fine art of Readers’ Advisory) and the trick to finding your next favorite book is to find one that has similar appeal characterics.
Readers’ Advisor guru Nancy Pearl (author of Book Lust and several other books) calls these appeal characteristics Doorways and has determined that there are four main Doorways, of varying sizes, through which readers prefer to get into a book: 1. story, 2. characters, 3. setting and 4. language.
The largest doorway into fiction, according to Nancy Pearl, is story. If you are drawn to books that you just can’t put down and can’t wait to get back to, story is your preferred doorway. You might like a book that’s easy to get into and has a fair amount of dialogue. As the largest doorway, books whose appeal is story are the most prevalent: most best sellers, thrillers, police procedurals, chick lit, romance, horror and young adult literature appeal to readers because of their emphasis on story.
Here are some suggestions of authors you might enjoy if you’re mostly looking for a good story:
1. Dan Brown
2. Stephen King
3. Clive Cussler
4. James Patterson
5. J. D. Robb
6. Jodi Picoult
7. David Baldacci
8. Scott Turow
9. Charlaine Harris
10. Harlen Coban
11. Nicholas Sparks
12. Stephenie Meyer
13. Suzanne Collins
14. Michael Crichton
15. Ken Follett
Next week, I’ll write about my favorite Doorway into fiction: character.
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