So, what makes a good book "good"? Well, I think there are two things that make a book good (this mainly applies to fiction books). First, the author writes in such a way that you can actually "see" and "feel" what's happening. You can see what's happening to the characters, you can feel what they're going through. I've read books where I haven't been able to see and feel, and those reads weren't very enjoyable. For whatever reason, the author just didn't have what it took to make the characters seeable and feelable (is that a word?). And second, the author is able to make the characters "live". For example, at the end of Lonesome Dove, one of the main characters dies (I won't tell you who because I don't want to spoil it for you). When that character died, I felt the lose. When the character was alive, I felt like he was really alive. Now, you may think that these two things are the same, but they really aren't. You can "see" what's going on in a book without feeling like it's really happening. If an author is able to write in such a way that you not only see and feel what's happening, but also feel that the characters are really alive and the events are really happening to them, then, in my opinion, that book is a good book, that author is a good author.
Well, that's all for now. If you don't read, I encourage you to pick up a book and read today. You truly can travel the world and beyond, past, present and future, in the pages of a book.