Think about your favorite authors, your favorite books . . . what is it about them that makes you love them above all the other authors you’ve read? The stories? The characters? The way they appear to relish the taste of words on the tongue? The way they’re unafraid to show the nitty-gritty of life? How they sweep you off to a new, distant place? What is it about those books and authors that makes them resonate with you in ways that other, perfectly good books and authors do not?

Words are powerful. An alphabet may seem meaningless, but put them together to form a word, plus some imagination and emotions from a writer and a book is borne! Sometimes, it is the story that sweep me away; but there are also times that I care about the characters and think they do help in keeping a story alive.

I admit I am not a huge fan of poetry, but I am touched with their beautiful prose and am also amazed with the poet's creativity to form a story with little words used, especially if they rhyme. It is an art to me.

Then again, there are also books that take me to other countries; and even though it is nothing as compared to visiting the actual places, it is still an eye-opener for me.

It is hard for me to specify only a factor of my favourite books or authors, for I think a good book comes with the writer's great imagination and his/her usage of words. A story will not be engaging if only one stands alone.

16 Responses
  1. Anonymous Says:

    I'm not a poetry person either. I find it impressive, but it's not what I love to read. =) My favourites are books with interesting new worlds and fun characters.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    I agree with you, words when put together become powerful especially if the writer knows the right blending.

    thanks for visiting mine.

  3. SmilingSally Says:

    You may not prefer poetry, but you sure are a poet!

    "An alphabet may seem meaningless, but put them together to form a word, plus some imagination and emotions from a writer and a book is borne!"

    Beautifully stated.

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Yes putting words together in a way that expresses deep meaning is an art indeed.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    You know I write poetry. That started with my love of reading poetry. I live it and breath it!

    Here is my BTT post

  6. Ladytink_534 Says:

    Mmm it's a bit of both the story and the characters. I can't have one without the other!

    I'm not too big on poetry either unless it's W.B. Yeats, Fobert Frost, or something more "modern" like Dr. Seuss. I just finished his biography yesterday so I went to the library and picked up some of his stories. I dreamed in Seussian prose all night!

  7. Jane Says:

    Nicely written post Melody! Poetry used to touch me more than it does now, I'm not sure why the change. I like what you said about words having such a power. True!

  8. Anonymous Says:

    Nicely put -- I agree.

  9. Alice Says:

    And I highly recommend The Book Thief, Melody, if you haven't already read it...

    It epitomizes everything you've said in the post.

  10. Melody Says:

    Jennifer - Poetry is beautiful! I'm especially attracted to those which rhyme and that will lead me thinking...

    Milet & Bluestocking - Yes, and I think it is not an easy task! :)

    Smilingsal - Thank you so much for your kind compliments! I wish I've that talent but I'm sucks at writing them! ;P

    Gautami - I know how you love writing poetries, and I think you're a great poet! :)

    Jen - Me too! I've only read a few books by Dr. Seuss so I'll have to check out his other books!

    Jaimie & Barbara - Thank you! :)

    Alice - I've that book in my pile! I've heard nothing but raves about it so it's definitely on my to-be-read list soon!

  11. CJ Says:

    Great post and I agree with smilingsal - you've said it beautifully.

    Mine's up


  12. Melody Says:

    CJ - Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for your kind comments. :)

  13. Very well put, Melody. If I had answered this question, I think I would have said much the same thing. :-)

  14. Julia Says:

    I like to read poetry, but I don't often read them as I should. What made a book for me is, characters driven, writing depth, the good plot and their world.

    I agree with what Smilingsal said about the poetry part. You did perfect wording that :)

  15. Interesting, my starting point was what novel rather then what writing!

    memory lane trip again!

  16. Melody Says:

    Wendy - Thank you! I think you'd have said it better than me. :)

    Julia - Thanks! And I agree about the characters and a good plot that makes a great book. :)

    John - You've a point too! :)

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