"Reading was like a drug. The novels created moods in which I lived for days." ~ Richard Wright.
The above quote is a perfect way to describe a great book. Of course, we all have our own opinions of what books rate the label of "a great read or a great book." Any reader would be able to understand what I mean - one of those novels that's so good you don't want to put it down and find yourself sneaking snippets of reading time when you should be doing other things. It's that book that keeps drawing you back to it no matter what else you have planned. It's the type of book where the characters stay with you long after the story ends. And it's what any writer, myself included, hopes to achieve with their own books.