Author! Author!

We’ve been talking about what we like in the books we are reading.  What does the author do to make the book good?  What choices has he or she made that are really effective in making us want to read more?

Here are some of the thoughts shared by students:


Mikaela on Caragh M. O’Brien (The Vault of Dreamers):
“I like how the author makes you ask questions.  It makes you want to finish the book before it eats you alive!  And she makes you review the questions later to see if you were thinking logically.”

Reda on Heather Anastasiu (Glitch):
She knows how to end a chapter with a cliffhanger.  With other authors, they seem to make me angry and aggravate me to the point where I want to stop reading, but this author makes it so that I need to know what’s on the other side of that page.”

Tori on Dawn Metcalfe (Luminous): 
“This author has created a story that is unique to all others.  It doesn’t have a very generic plotline, such as one with an obvious antagonist.  This, I think, is an important part of a good story because it creates that tension.  My book keeps taking sharp turns that make the ending harder and harder to guess.”

Niko on J.K. Rowling (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets):
“Unlike most authors, she expands her universe and keeps a good story at the same time!”



Layna on Kelly Bingham (Shark Girl):
“I like how the author writes the book in letter form.  I feel like books that are made up of letters are unique because it is a whole different style of writing.  Letters are shorter so there are more stopping points, while in other books there are chapters that are 20 pages long and you sometimes have to stop in a middle of a chapter!”

Madeleine J on Agatha Christie (The Hollow):
“I love this author’s work because she knows how people think and you never can guess who the murderer is.  I also love her work because there is so much of it, and she always gives an extensive background on the people involved.”


David S on Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl:  The Last Guardian):
“I like Colfer’s work because he always has a riveting and suspenseful plot.  He never fails to merge suspense and humor, so I always find myself smiling or on the edge of my seat.”

Mia on Suzanne Collins (Mockingjay):
“I like that the author elaborates and is very descriptive.  She is very specific about the words she chooses to use in her sentences.  She uses very big words that have even bigger meanings, along with some I have never heard before.”


Book Cover Images: Scholastic Reading Club Online. Scholastic, Inc., n.d. Web. 10 Oct. 2014.

17 thoughts on “Author! Author!

  1. I like books with action and adventure, or books that keeps you guessing. I don’t like books with cliff hangers, because its annoying to have to wait for the next book in the series to come out (if there is a next one).

  2. I have been looking for a good book to read. I have some options to look at now. I like the way the students recognized the author’s work and said how they liked the book.

  3. I read heaven is for real at the beginning of the school year, it was a very good book and motivated me to be the best Christian I can be!

  4. I also agree along with you with the cliffhangers. I just don’t like it when I get left off on the cliffhanger, and then I would have to go, and I wouldn’t know how it ends ;D

  5. I like when the author gives you the five scenes, witch makes you feel like your in the book. I also like when the author gives you an idea of a ending of a book but makes you think of what will happen next.

  6. Like grahamr7 said, I love cliffhangers, just as long as the next book is already out! My favorite series is a tie between Percy Jackson and The Heroes of Olympus. I actually went to the Rick Riordan thing on Monday, and it was awesome! I got a Camp Jupiter t-shirt (and NO it’s not a traitor shirt) and a signed copy of the BoO (Blood of Olympus). Don’t spoil it!!!

  7. I love books that end on a cliffhanger, but in my opinion, when an author creates a cliffhanger that is incredibly huge, it really bugs me. Especially if the author doesn’t come out with a book for another year. But I still love their books though they have left me on a eternal path of anxiousness for what is going to happen to the characters.

  8. There are a lot of insightful comments about what makes a good book and I agree with all of them! I’ve always been drawn to strong characters. Sometimes if the author can make me care about a character I’ll keep reading even if the plot is mediocre. I love your blog! Ms. Clary for Shaffer Writers (

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