Monday Musings – Must-read

What is the one (or maybe two) qualities a book must have for you to pass it along to your best friend as a “must-read”?

Plotplotplotplotplotplotplot. More plot. It must be logical, it must be complete (see rant on review of Sister for what happens when a plot is not complete), it need not be realistic if the genre is appropriate (i.e. I know that every Clive Cussler book involves locations on at least 4 continents) but it helps.

OR

Really stonking good characters. The protagonist doesn’t have to be reliable, but I can’t deal with murderous/adulterous/useless ones. I want to want things to end well for them. There’s got to be a humorous side-kick (e.g. Grandma Mazur in the Stephanie Plum series), and preferably a frustrating mother/spouse/distant relative who cramps the protagonist’s style.

Obviously I wouldn’t pass something unsuited to a friend as a must-read (I don’t think I’ll ever be recommending DanBrownesque thrillers – can we just make this an adjective already? – to TNLRC) but it’s going to have to have at least one of the above and no must-read can be seriously lacking one or the other.

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5 thoughts on “Monday Musings – Must-read

  1. caite@a lovely shore breeze 12 September 2011 at 3:46 pm Reply

    ‘stonking’.. is that a real word? lol

  2. Valentina 12 September 2011 at 5:43 pm Reply

    I agree, the characters do have to be really strong.

    Here’s mine:
    http://carabosseslibrary.blogspot.com/2011/09/musing-mondays_12.html

  3. Simon T 13 September 2011 at 11:06 am Reply

    I had this discussion with someone a while ago – putting in order plot, characters, and writing, in terms of must-haves in a book. I put writing first, then character, and plot a long way last! I do like books where not much happens…

    • readingwithtea 14 September 2011 at 12:17 pm Reply

      I have enjoyed plenty of books where not a lot happens, but they probably aren’t the ones I would pass on as must-read, afraid that my recommendee would not like the lack of plot.

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