For the past few months, I have been reading a lot of books, certainly more than what I read in the past few years. Goodreads tells me 30 books. But I have certainly read more than that. Some have made me ecstatic, some were painfully boring, some were just nice, some I just could not finish. This condition seems to afflict both new and seasoned authors. The hurry to put your book out there is certainly affecting the quality.
There are many new authors who have been writing and I have been reading many authors for the first time. I do agree that everyone doesn’t hit jackpot all the time. If it is a self-published book, I am very sceptical. But would I read it? Yes, I would. I want to give the benefit of doubt and a chance to every author to see what is it they have written. In fact, if not satisfied, I try to read their next outing too before making up my mind. Oh! I do change my mind too. I do not give out ratings for books for the same reason. What I like, you may not like and vice-versa.
So, what is it that I, as a reader look for in a good book? Lets look at the technical aspects first.
- Language – If I am reading an English book, I want the author to use immaculate English language. The grammar has to be perfect. It is jarring when the author is writing in bad grammar with no tenses. I assume the author is thinking in another language and then writing in a different language. Please don’t do that. Then there is the case of the translators who have immaculate grammar, but they are not able to bring the same effect as in the original language.