1. I have to like the book. Very subjective, but that’s the way it is.

2. There is a connection to some aspect of the concepts of liberty or self-reliance.

3. It is suitable for younger readers in terms of language (mostly clean) and sexual activity (lack thereof).

4. Overall, there is an optimistic or hopeful tone (a few exceptions).

5. In general, the book is available through the library system (some exceptions).

6. The book does not promote human-caused global warming.

7. Preferably, it is a stand-alone book rather than part of a series. If a book is part of a series, that doesn’t necessarily mean that I have read all subsequent books.