have you ever asked yourself why do you like a book more than another? i mean, besides the obvious reasons why one would enjoy a book (plot, writing, etc.), have you ever asked yourself what makes a story stand out?
WELL. i hope i’m not the only one (or that you started asking yourself that now, because otherwise this post would be a little stupid). i’ve been asking myself this for a little while, and while the thought still lingers (which means i don’t have a definite answer), my very smart brain (*flips hair*) has come up with some suggestions on what makes a book more enjoyable.
okay so. here’s a list of six things that make a book stand out from the others:
one: the depth of the characters
characters are obviously essential to any book. but when they feel more human than words written on paper, it adds so much more to the story. because throughout the story you start to build a connection with these characters, and you might even relate to them, and that’s what can make a book unforgettable.
and i believe that’s where the importance of diverse stories come from. books that have characters that resemble you one way or another, or that you can relate to, just hit different. i have seen so many people hold these diverse books dear to their hearts, because they see themselves in them.
two: the message it holds
don’t get me wrong, i adore light-hearted books. i love reading just for the fun of it (and i think it’s very healthy, but that discussion is for another time). but i noticed that books that hold a very strong message, and that support a very thoughtful idea, stick. they stick with me, and hold a very dear place in my heart.
not only that, but these books may even change my vision on some issues, which means i always get to remember them because of that.
three: the extreme emotions
whether the story is extremely sad or extremely happy, the emotions felt while reading these kind of books are pretty hard to forget. they either take your heart, cut it in tiny little pieces and leave you hanging, or warm and lighten your heart in the most wholesome way possible. either way, there’s no denying that most of the books i remember are the ones that made me feel all the feels.
(NOTE: i am a sucker for feels. if i ever find a book that makes me cry i am gonna scream about it for at least a month.)
and i believe this is the magic of books! and reading!
four: when it hits home
when you find a book that mentions or discusses something that you’ve experienced before, i think it’s safe to say these novels stay unforgettable, because they hit home. they hit where it hurts the most, find a way through all your layers and touch your soul. and that can be good or bad, but what’s sure is that those stories stick, and the reason why is that they hold inside them experiences that stuck with you in the past.
five: the childhood books
the books we read as children, that one series that got us into reading… those have pretty nostalgic memories related to them, and therefore stick with us. we’ll forever be grateful for those because they remind us of a simpler time, where all you worried about was what was the next book you’ll read or when you’ll play with your friends or when you’ll eat your next meal.
aahhh good times good times…
these are all the reasons i could find on why a book would stand out. of course, i was the reference for this very small research, so i would love to hear YOUR opinion!