Ever since I started blogging and reviewing last year, I’ve become very critical of books. There’s always something wrong with a book nowadays. That got me thinking. How do I rate my books then? I figure I must have some kind of “perfect book” in my mind. And then I thought, what things would that perfect book have? Well, I came up with 4 things:
- Strong, smart female character/s
- Good writing (not good plot as I will discuss below)
- Humour/ sarcasm
That last one, on deeper thought, turns out to be a really important one for me. I tend to read the plot and if I can’t feel any couple going on in it, I probably won’t read it. I know, it’s a really bad habit but I’m a hardcore chick flick lover so is it any surprise?
Good writing was almost replaced by good plot. But I figure if the author has an interesting way of telling things, then they can make anything sound good, even the most cliched plots. If the plot sounded good and the writing is bad, that’s just a letdown. So I would choose good writing over good plot. Humour and sarcasm ties into this.
So after all that blabbering, you’re probably wondering what my perfect book is. Well, the closest to perfect book. I can easily say it’s The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead. I know some people might think it’s nothing that good. It’s not an amazing futuristic setting or a unique plot but for me it checks of all of the points on my list. It’s got the smart Sydney, great funny writing and lots of romance. Plus it’s got Adrian, and that just blows everything else out of the water.
Anyways, I’d love to hear what your checklist for a perfect book would be and if you have read something almost perfect.