It has to be a good story too. It needs to move, have some suspense to it. I like it to be a page turner, make me want to read the next page. I also want to have romance. There needs to be a hero and a heroine who somehow manage to save each other. James Cameron’s “Titanic” had suspense and romance and both hero and heroine. As the old woman narrating the story said about Jack, “He saved me in every way a person can be saved.” There also needs to be a villain, one everyone can see and knows about. Then maybe one behind the scenes who is pushing all the buttons. No one knows of this villain until later in the book. If it has those characteristics, then I consider it a good read.
I’ve read many novels over my lifetime and found one common trait among the ones that I liked. I can see the story in my mind. I don’t like to be bogged down with too many details. I like just enough detail so that I can see what the writer or what I want to see in the character or in the scene described. When I can see the book like it’s a movie. That’s also how I like to write. I want the reader to be able to see what they want as well as what I want them to. I give them just enough detail so they can make their own pictures. I’ve had several people tell me my books read like a movie. A lot of them wanted to direct that movie too or at least get an executive producer credit.