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I have gotten very comfortable with my Kindle reader. So far, after 9 months of owning it, I've paid for only one book--99 cents, by mistake. There are enough free books to keep me happy. I read a book every couple of days. With that kind of sampling of books, I can list the three top things that keep me engaged in a book:

1. Interesting setting. I just finished For Time and Eternity, a romance about a young woman who runs away with the Mormons as they trek to Utah. The writing was good, the characters were okay--what hooked me was the setting in Utah as the Mormons drove out the Indians and claimed their own Zion.

Route of the Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo to Great Salt Lake


2. Decent dialogue. The Velveteen Rabbit, a kid's book, features some lovely conversations between the rabbit and the other toys. I admire authors whose dialogue sounds natural and unforced.

The Velveteen Rabbit
3. A fast-moving plot. Dracula by Bram Stoker has a nice, quick pace. It also has a great setting: Transylvania. The dialogue is pretty stiff, but maybe 19th-century upper-class Brits and vampires really talk that way!

Any of these 3 will keep me clicking the "next" button on my Kindle.

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