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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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