For those of you who read my first blog, firstly, thanks!! Secondly, you’ll know already that I don’t like posting reviews of 3* or less on sites where people might be buying the book from, e.g. Amazon.
However, if I blog my reviews here, I’ll feel better about it if the review happens to be …. not so positive. But, as I was lying awake at 4am this morning, as a fully paid up and card carrying member of the wide awake club, I realised that the 5* system doesn’t leave room for those books that just squeak into a category, or just fly under the radar of the next category up. You know, not really very subtle.
So, with a nod to all those teachers out there, I’m going to award reviews in the same way as my work used to be marked at school. You know what I mean, right? A+; B; C-; that kind of thing. I plan to use A-E with an F if it’s a totally pants book (in my opinion) and to be avoided! I hope I don’t read any of those!
I’m glad we got that sorted out. My first review will follow shortly. Watch this space! (But don’t hold your breath, cos you might pass out – I don’t want to be responsible for that!!)
I’m used to sharing my views and opinions with my friends. I interact daily on social media with friends I have never met. So why has it been so difficult to find something to write about on here in a second post? Because I want it to be worthy? Important? Funny? Thought provoking? Any or all of the above probably, though I should simply be happy with it being read!
I want to talk about a book genre that is perhaps overlooked by some, and looked down upon by others. New/Young adult literature. Now, by no stretch of the imagination could I be described as a young adult. In fact, its been a few years since the word “young” and I had very much to do with each other (unless you’re 90+ in which case, I’m OK), but I really love some of the books I have read in this genre.
Of course, some of them are utter pants. I don’t know whether that’s down to the author, or I’m just not the right audience, and to be fair, that’s the same for a lot of genres. But…..a lot of these books are really worth a read. Anyone who can write a story with characters that touch you so much that you are moved to contact the author; or that bring you to tears (or both for one memorable book) is worthy of your time.
Reading is all about enjoyment. I refuse to read a certain type of book because that’s what I should be reading at my age. In my head, I’m still in my early 20’s. I want to read books that are hopeful and uplifting, and even (dare I say) romantic in places. Yes, I read other stuff as well. Of course I do, but I will say this; if, when looking for a book to read, you are overlooking this books in genre because of some misplaced genre-snobbery, you are missing out. Big style.
Is this too much for my first blog? Who knows, but reviews seem to be funny old things.
I read lots of books. I read various different genres. I’m not a professional reviewer, so my reviews are often short and somewhat to the point. But here’s the thing, if I dont like a book, I won’t leave a review….and I’ve got to wondering; is that the right thing to do?
I know that for me, firstly it’s borne from a wish not to offend, well, anyone! Including the author. So, i tend only to leave reviews for those books that I feel comfortable leaving a 4 or 5 star review for. Secondly, some of the 1 and 2 star reviews I’ve read havent been what I would describe as constructive, and some have just been mean … and that puts me off.
Everyone is entitled to an opinion, a friend told me. He’s right (he often is!) But if I’m not getting along with a book, for whatever reason, and it seems like the rest of the world is, should I leave that 2* review, or accept that I’m at odds with the rest of the world and cut my losses on the book? Or should I write that lone voice review anyway??
The conclusion I have come to is that I dont know. It would be interesting to see what others think.