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.