It’s after 2 AM, you’ve got work in the morning and you can’t put the darn book down.

I’ve done this too many times to count. I love when a book sweeps me away and rather than take my time reading it (because I cannot wait to read what happens!), I’ll stay up until 2 or 3 AM to finish it. More than once my hubby has stumbled into my office half asleep and asked when I was coming to bed.

The author’s voice resonates with you from page one and you know you’re gonna finish the book pronto.

This happens to me when I pick up a Jill Shalvis book, but I have come to expect that from her brilliant writing. I try to set aside a whole day or two to read her books straight through. And when I’m reading, no one better bother me. Or expect to be fed. Or driven somewhere. I’m a reading lunatic until I get to the HEA. :)

The characters in the story stay with you for days and days afterward.

You can’t get them out of your head. They wander into your thoughts at all times of the day and night. Scenes play out in your mind. You can’t seem to forget them, no matter what. If the hero is magnificent, you’re daydreaming about him. Yes, that’s happened to me. I’m not ashamed to admit it.

There’s a charm and certain magic to the book that you don’t find in all stories, with all authors.

The book is something special. You’re in love, not only with the characters or the plot or the dialogue, but the story itself pulls you in and grabs you. If it were a movie, it might be Pride & Prejudice, or one of my favorite all-time movie classics, Casablanca. Now, that’s a story that has it all. It was made in black and white, but the story comes alive with such richness you tend to think of it in color. Charm and Magic.

After you read “The End” and put the book down, you wish you’d written it.

Yes, that’s so true for writers. When we read an exceptional book, we’re floored, thrilled and filled with admiration. And as we lust for more, we pray to the story gods, that one day we could tell a story so well.

Do you agree? How do YOU know you’re reading a great book? Post a comment and be entered in our Risky Release Party contest.

Here are the details:


Charlene and I have the same titled books. Check our recent blogs for more fun contest stuff!

Post a comment from October 1st to October 14th on our blogs to be entered to win a $25 Gift Card to either Amazon or Barnes and Noble. TWO winners (one on my blog, one on Charlene’s) will be announced on Monday, October 15th, so be sure to check back. (Leave a comment on both our blogs and that counts twice! We’re all about the x2 these next two weeks!)

But wait! There’s more! Please spread the word about Worth the Risk. Help us reach our goal of ranking in the Top 1000 books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble and one lucky commenter will win a Nook Color (Value: $149) or Kindle Fire (Value: $159) or gift card equivalent IF we do. (We need to rank in the triple digits.)

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Thanks so much for being a part of our celebration!

Robin and Charlene

Posted October 9, 2012 by Robin Bielman in Books, Giveaway, Worth the Risk / 15 Comments

15 responses to “Top Five Ways You Know it’s A Great Book!! By Robin Bielman and Charlene Sands

  1. bn100

    Good points. It’s a good book when I feel like I have to finish reading it right away.


  2. Cheryl S.

    I know it’s a good book when I can’t wait to finish it but, at the same time, I don’t want it to end. Enjoying your release party!

  3. Agreed with every single one of your reasons! For me, another is: when I’m tempted to keep reading instead of working on my own writing. There’s very little that can draw me away from my manuscripts, but sometimes an amazing book will try its hardest! ;)

  4. Robin

    Hi bn, Cheryl and Shari! Oh my gosh! You three hit it exactly! I completely agree! Thanks again for being here – you guys are awesome!

  5. Robin

    LOL, Roben! Yep – definitely agree with that one, too! I love when that happens. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  6. Great post, Robin. I think a book is great when…you DON’T want to finish it because then it will be over…and when you can’t wait to re-read it. The one that stands out for me is Michener’s Centennial. Best wishes and tons of congrats with the release! xoxox :laugh:

  7. Carol L

    Excellent points Robin. An another for me is I feel no guilt while I’m into that book and forgetting my real life lol
    Carol L

  8. Great points! I love when I get a book that’s so amazing that I can’t put it down, even if it means I stay up late reading and am tired the next day. And I’ve definitely had a few books that I’ve wished I’d written.

    I also know I’m reading a great book when I’m only a few chapters in and am already thinking of who I can recommend it to because it’s so amazing I just have to share it.

  9. Robin

    Hi Tanya! I hate for books to end, but then I can’t wait to get the end. LOL I love reaching the happy ending!

    Hi Carol! Love that!

    Hey Ellie! That happens to me quite often. Just ask my family. :o

    Hi Caryn! You are great about recommending reads – and I love you for it! (Among other things.)

    • Speaking of, I’m about to add another book to the box of books I’ll send to you…eventually. (Every time I pack it up, I think of another book I want to read and add to the pile.) And you recommend great books (among other things), too!

  10. JackieW

    I know I’m reading a great story when I can’t put the book down….when I have to keep reading to see what happens….and being pleasantly surprised at the ending.

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