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Ten things I want from a Novel

5 Good
to 1 Bad

Readability and momentum – does it make me want to keep going/come back to it or is it always hard work?

 

Clarity – is the English clear or do I have to hack through the undergrowth of the text?

 

Story – does it have an interesting story to tell and, ideally, one that I can relate to?

 

Empathy – do I relate to the characters, do I care what happens to them?

 

Fun – has it got amusing bits?

 

Inspirational – was it?

 

New information – do I learn new stuff that I value?

 

Novelty – does it surprise me?

 

Curiosity – does it make me think and speculate about what is going on?

 

Recommendation – would I recommend it to a friend?

 

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