Sharon Sharon's Comments (member since Sep 16, 2011)

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53954 I find books everywhere. Some I find various ways on GR, some on Amazon based on type of book and ratings, from GR friends, giveaways, NPR occasionally, a mention in a magazine or the paper, & and have some at home acquired in various ways that I want to read. I'm on a book swap list and find a few that way. If I read a new (to me) author that impresses me, I look for other things that author has written.
May 06, 2013 08:43AM

53954 I just saw Mud a few days ago and highly recommend it to everyone.
Mar 22, 2013 06:31AM

53954 Argo, especially for those who remember the historical event when it happened. Argo is the back story that was never in the news because it was classified.
Mar 21, 2013 11:58AM

53954 Beasts of the Southern Wild
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
White Oleander
Jun 12, 2012 10:56AM

53954 Some good books have horrid characters, like Hannibal Lecter. Books would be boring if all the characters were likable, wouldn't they?

I have to believe that almost every book is thought out carefully. But some books are exceptional. It seems to be a combination of the writing and the story, because it's possible to have one and not the other in a book. Most people wouldn't find a book with just one of those elements exceptional.

It's hard to say exactly what makes a book exceptional, but we seem to know it when we read it. Next time you read an exceptional book, think about what makes it that way for you.
Apr 11, 2012 08:17AM

53954 Thanks Lisa. I paint, too, and understand perfectly what you say here.

We'd like to hear how everyone else rates books as well.
Apr 10, 2012 09:39PM

53954 Thanks for this list, Lisa. A couple of these are on my To Read list or Wishlist. I'll explore the rest; I love science books, too.
Apr 10, 2012 05:21PM

53954 I like Wallace Stegner, too, Lisa. He wrote so beautifully, it almost didn't matter what the story was about.

When you rate a book after reading it, what do you look for? Or what do you compare it against? Do you consider the story itself, the level of writing? Do you compare it to books in the same genre or to all books you've read?
Apr 06, 2012 06:59PM

53954 Tami, have you read Merle's Door as well? You'd enjoy it if you liked Racing in the Rain.
Feb 16, 2012 05:09PM

53954 It appears there are 3 more books, a second trilogy: The Gryphon, Alexandria, and The Morning Star.
Feb 16, 2012 04:59PM

53954 Thanks Dani. I want the 4th book then.
Feb 12, 2012 02:59PM

53954 As far as I know, there are 3, but I noticed some have slightly different titles, so I thought maybe the titles were changed with subsequent printings of the books. If you find a reference to more and different books that belong to this trilogy, I'd like to know.
Dec 27, 2011 05:44PM

53954 The trilogy of Griffin and Sabine books begs lively discussion after one has read all three books. They're so unique with such a mysterious story in so few words.

If you have not read this series, you may not want to read the discussion as it might spoil things for you.

For those who've read the trilogy, what are your thoughts? Who could Griffin and Sabine have been? What was their purpose?
Dec 10, 2011 08:54AM

53954 What about books like The Hunger Games series? The story is so compelling for many that it's hard to put down, and yet the writing isn't stellar at all. Maybe the book has wide appeal for just that reason. In general, the story and the writing have to be above average for me to consider it exceptional.
Dec 10, 2011 08:51AM

53954 Bette wrote: "My opinion regarding 'what makes writing good' is great dialogue."

This is important in a book, in my opinion. I've read books that were great stories but lacked much dialog, often because the author is a journalist. Dialog makes characters and situations come alive for the reader.
Dec 08, 2011 09:00PM

53954 Food for thought, Kate. I enjoy great writing, and you're right, you do notice it, but that doesn't spoil anything for me. I find bad and cliched writing distracting. There's truth in what you say.
Nov 09, 2011 01:33PM

53954 Such a great list, David. I like the last two. Great input from everyone so far. Credible dialogue is so important. Some of your points touch on this, but a superior command of the English language, or whatever language the author writes, is important for works that last. Keen insight and observation of people matters, too. It's also the turn of a word, events, thoughts -- a whole approach to a story. It's hard to describe good writing! We all know it when we see it, though.

No. 17, about the writer working hard enough. Can we ever know that? We don't know how familiar the author may be with the book subject.
Nov 06, 2011 08:34AM

53954 I'm more than halfway through "Matterhorn" about the Vietnam War. If you never went to war and want to know what it's really like, read this. You'll have a new and more informed outlook of what happens behind the scenes. Many vets have said this book is spot on.
Nov 06, 2011 08:30AM

53954 What makes a story good in your estimation? What elements of a story make you say "Wow!" and urge you to recommend it to others?
Nov 06, 2011 08:28AM

53954 From your viewpoint, what makes writing good? What it is about an author's writing that makes you take notice or makes you love it?
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