Sunday, January 6, 2013


As I thought more this morning about my previous post, a bit of a summary occurred to me.

(You always think of what you should have said, after you've said it, right?)

So here goes:

A Good Reading Experience is a partnership. It's very much like falling in love with another person, and it requires two things:

a) The right stimulus
b) The right response

That's why many book reviews fall short of being helpful.

"This book was great!" Doesn't tell me anything, because I don't know you, your values, your personality, and your background.

We often dissect the qualities of a given story, but we rarely reflect on the other side... the qualities of the reader who is engaging the text.

A "Good read" takes two.