Book Reviews to follow…… no, really!!

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!!) 

The difficult second blog……

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.

 

Review or not review, that is the question

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.

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