There is nothing better than to curl up and read a great book. The only thing that can top that is knowing some of the books available to choose from, and knowing that you will not end up with that bad ending. There are so many stories out there where you can invest 95% of the book, and love it, only to have the ending be so bad that you are frustrated with even wasting your time.
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How to Avoid the Bad Book
Go from word of mouth. Talk to friends or read review boards that are online to see what books are good, in the genre that you like. For instance, if you are a sappy vampire fan, then Twilight is a hit, but if you need more blood and guts, then Dracula might prove to be on the menu. It all depends on what you love to read, and the type of style you like to read it in.
The other bad book avoidance tip is to check out the critique and reviews from author sites. For instance, most of Steven King is awesome to read, but there are those few where the endings might really have you up in arms. This leads to the next big tip. Before starting a major series, make sure people seem to like the entire set of books. There is nothing worse than getting to that last book of eight, only to find out that the good guy lost, the world ended, and no one got the girl.