What makes a favorite?

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Over the weekend, I made a new Goodreads shelf titled, "favorites". (Which means I now have like, four shelves. Yeah. I'm exciting like that.) Anyway, I realized that I didn't have to have even given them a five-star rating to love them, and it got me thinking: What makes a book a favorite?

Obviously no (or a very limited few) books are perfect. So what makes a book go from being just a book, to being one of those you gush over and are willing to read over and over?

As I went through my list, I realized there were a few particular reasons a book made it to my favorites list--they all had at least one (but usually more) of the below attributes:

1) The prose was beautiful.

2) Great storyline.

3) The book stuck with me and made me think about it long afterwards.

4) I fell in love with the characters.

5) The book gave me all THE FEELS.

6) I simply found the book entertaining.

What about you? What makes a book your favorite, and which ones are you currently in love with?


Unknown said...

I don't think there are ANY perfect books out there. But for a book to be labeled a fave by me, it needs to linger long after I've read it. And most of the time, I don't even know it's a fave until I realize I've spent the entire day thinking about it.

That said, while I love so many books, I've never called a book 'my favorite' until Shadow & Bone.

Jessica L. Brooks (coffeelvnmom) said...


I didn't used to call any my favorite, either. I would use that label very sparingly, as in, that book had to be good on *so* many levels to deserve such a title. However, I'm now at the point where, if I truly enjoyed it and it stuck with me (for whatever reason/s), and I know I'm going to recommend it to others, I feel it deserves to be called a favorite. :)

Still haven't read Shadow and Bone yet... Obviously I need to get on that! ;)

Oh and I love when a book sticks with you and pokes at you and won't let you go! ;) Thanks for commenting!