I read a lot of books.
We all do.
And I like a lot of books. I'm picky, certainly. But I try and read those that I think I'll enjoy. I try and find those books that'll be a genuine pleasure to read. Oftentimes, I'm successful.
And sometimes, I even love them.
But those won't always be my favorites.
I can love a book. I can love it to pieces. I can say it has fantastic writing, strong characters, remarkable world-building. I can zip through it in a day and recommend it without a moment's hesitation.
But those books that I treasure above all others, the ones I cling to long after they're done, the ones I'd read a million times over, the ones I wish the entire world would read and adore--those need more than fantastic writing, strong characters, remarkable world-building.
They need to make me think.
Make me feel.
Linger in my mind far beyond the turning of the very last page.
For me, that is what constitutes a favorite. A book I hold close to my heart. A book I love with everything I have. My favorites are the ones that move me.
But that won't be the same for everyone.
Just as readers have varying tastes, so will the makings of their favorite novels. Perhaps a reader doesn't like those heavy, thought-provoking novels; perhaps they prefer a crazy, action-filled read, or a breathtaking romance. Perhaps their favorites will be wild mysteries, or gory thrillers. Perhaps a deeply-researched sci fi, or a chilling dystopian.
And I love seeing all the marvelous variations.
What makes something a favorite read of yours?