In June and July, I started writing this blog. Then, I looked for a way to focus my writing. Since then, I’ve posted a couple of book reviews and have recently been reading indie and small press books like a demon! I signed on for a 15 indie/small press book in 15 week challenge on Goodreads called the Fall for the Indie Book Challenge (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/141931-fall-for-the-indie-book-challenge?ref=ru_lihp_cm_tp_2_mclk&uid=1865157826). If you’re looking for some great new reads, come join in! The challenge just started on September 1, and even if you don’t blog, you can post your reviews on Amazon or Goodreads and give some indie/small press authors some exposure!
Funny thing, though, is that while there was a bit of conversation and commenting around my first few posts here, I have not gotten any feedback on the reviews (which I personally think are really not all that great, but I’m pretty hard on myself). So I decided to write a personal entry to see what would happen — market testing and all that. Maybe, really, I love to read and think about the books, but I’m not very good at reviewing them? Or maybe, I need to find my voice.
This concept came to me just a couple of days ago, as I read a prequel snippet of my friend Meredith Stoddard’s book, The River Maiden (which, by the way, I can’t recommend highly enough. Here’s a link to my preliminary review, based on beta reading the final manuscript: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22395004-the-river-maiden). At any rate, I read the bit that she sent out and realized that she provided some details about an event that takes place “off-screen” in her novel, the details of which are never FULLY described, although there’s enough detail to provide a clear idea of what happened during that event. That event was critical in the formation of the personality and character of her main protagonist. So I asked whether or not she really felt it was wise to give that away to people who hadn’t read the book. She does think that’s a good strategy, and I’ll be interested to find out how it turns out.
It occurred to me, in that moment or two, that I need to examine how my voice in this blog is evolving. Maybe I’m not a “book reviewer”. Maybe, instead, I need to write longer, more analytical evaluations of books. Because really, that’s what happens when I read something I love. I analyze parts (or all) of it.
So, I’d love some feedback from you, my silent readers. Is the direction I was taking in reviewing books something you found interesting? Which of the entries have you read here that you liked, or didn’t like and WHY did you feel that way?