The reason is simple, I think: if I love it, I really think it's good and am therefore not ashamed to love it. It doesn't matter who it was written for, written by, or how it was written. If I like it, it's good.You see that? Doesn't matter who wrote it. If I love it, I love it. End of story.
EXCEPT, my list of favorite books now includes one that I'd be ashamed to say "Oh, I LOVE this novel. It's compelling, exciting, emotional, and the writing is fantastic!"
What's different about this book?
I wrote it.
I've been trying to edit my own novel. I say "trying" because I think I'm missing a lot. Oh sure, some scenes I change quite a lot. And I did a bit of patching up while I was writing. But I find myself getting so engrossed that I can pore through scene after scene without changing anything but punctuation.
I say things like "Dang, did I write this?" and "Sometimes I amaze even myself."
And usually no one's around to say "Doesn't sound too hard."
Somebody say that. Please. My hats are already too tight.