Sunday, March 21, 2010

When is a book good?

To me the sign of a great book is when you are still thinking about it days after finishing. I only finished Sunday but it will be a while before I stop thinking about Hannah and Clay from Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

I've been putting of my thing #15 entry about library 2.0 and when I Googled this book it hit me. We are beyond library 2.0 and we have entered book 2.0. The link above allows you to ready the first 44 pages before you ever purchase it. I read the back of the book in a bookstore, then downloaded the sample on my Kindle. Had I not read the sample I don't know that I would have purchased it. Then once I finished I immediately updated my bookshelf on Shelfari and started reading the discussions. I had to know if others thought the same things I did. But I didn't stop there, I found the book's website. Books with their own websites? Yup, it happens more than we think. Book sites don't just give you a short synopsis and purchasing info they are so much more. I don't to give to much away, but this book's site includes a map, and videos that go along with the story. It even has Hannah's blog!

The story doesn't have to end when you finish the last page. And you know the author had a lot more to say than just what is in the book.

I "highlighted" quite a bit as I was reading. I'll share just this one thought quote with you.

"And when you mess with one part of a person's life,
you're not messing with just that part. Unfortunately, you can't
be that precise and selective. When you mess with one part of a
person's life, you're messing with their entire life.
Everything . . . affects everything."

So what is your sign of a truly good book?
I would love for some of you to read this book and let me know what you think too!


  1. I just checked out Thirteen Reasons Why from my school library today after you recommended it to me on Shelfari. I can't wait to start it!

    I think a sign of a good book is when you just can't get out of the story. When I read a good book I feel like I am there with the characters, feeling what they feel and seeing what they see. I can't "get out" of their world even after I put the book down. The characters continue to live on in my mind. :-)

    Thanks for the inspirational post. It really got me thinking. I'm glad to know that there are other people who get as attached to literature as I do.

  2. Wow! I have never heard of this book but after visiting the link you posted, it sounds like a powerful book. I'll have to check it out!

    I think the sign of a good book is when you can't get enough of the story. As in, I don't want the book to end. I get excited when I get to the end of a story because the author ties up the loose ends although I still want more. Once I'm finished, I'm sad. I agree with Blogger Babe that you feel like you are there with the characters.

    I think it's great that technology has gone so far as to have Kindles now although, having the book in my hand...turning the just can't get that feeling from a Kindle.

  3. I'm anxious to read Thirteen Reasons Why, also! How fantastic that the author made such great use of technology in having a website for his book and a blog for the main character. This makes me think of Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult. It was a very powerful book that left the reader thinking long after the last page.

    To me, a good book touches an emotion inside... whether it's fear, wonder, or curiosity. When the reader can truly identify with the characters or at least with some of the emotions involved, the book has achieved its goal. And, as much as I'm eager to see any movie based on a book, the imagination is always *so* much better!

    Thanks for a great, thought-provoking post and the wonderful book recommendation!

  4. I can't wait to hear what you all think after reading!