When Elephant’s Child wrote about her struggle with purging her bookshelves, overflowing with so many books, thoughts began as my own book purge began. What determines a good book from an indifferent book? How do I began?
Perhaps this guidelines will help:
A book is declared good when it moves from being a bathroom reading book to a book-by-the-recliner, in one flush.
A book from a garage sale box marked 25¢? It may look great, but it has never been read, with only the first five pages turned. One will buy it, but it will eventually end up it one’s own 25¢ box.
When the reader resumes at page 147 and a few hours later, moves the bookmark to page 245: This reader wants to find out what happens next.
When a book works its way from the “high interest” shelf and works its way down to the bottom shelf where there is a stack of Kohl’s ads and some two year old magazines, the book did not pass muster.
When the book one is thinking of buying at the used book store, one notices pages are folded down in the upper corner many times by different people. And, also, there are notes made in margins.
It is hoped that these observations are helpful.