“Books are a uniquely portable magic!”
Isn’t it true?
You open a book and begin reading the words carefully put together by the writer and you are transported to a world where live people leading lives you might never, or, you wish you could.
Books, for many of us, give the relief we need as we face the vagaries of Life. For some, they are the best friends who make their need for people redundant.
But, apart from it all, books are the best teachers we could ever have. And, being writers, the need to read books can never be discounted.
Some of my favourite books are from the fiction genre, especially suspense/ thrillers. In non-fiction, I like the real-life inspirational stories, like the ones by Dr.Brian Weiss, and Anita Moorjani. And, it’s these non-fiction ones that have inspired me while writing my posts.
I love mythological ones, too! Jaya, by Devdutt Pattanaik, for instance. And, some historical stories, as well. No romance, or chick-lit for me, though. Guess, I have passed that age where we know what Love is all about!
I was a voracious reader earlier, but then, Life took over and reading became a luxury I could hardly afford. So, it was only after I began writing that I realised how important it is to read; read so that you improve your writing, and develop your craft, rectify your syntax errors and learn the magic formula required to grab a reader’s attention.
Book reviews happened by chance. Couple years ago, motivational speaker, Priya Kumar had her book release. She approached many a blogger to review her book and publish the review on their respective blogs. I was one of those bloggers, too. It felt wonderful being requested to do the review by her, but daunting, as well.
Never having done a book review, I had to first learn the art of reviewing books and writing an honest, impartial review. Sentiments cannot be hurt, and yet you need to put across your views about the book – whether it is good, likable, or read-at-your-own-risk kind.
There are a few book reviewers whom I follow closely. Bloggers who have carved an identity for themselves reviewing books, and from whom I learned a lot.
So, if you wish to learn what book reviewing is all about, do visit these blogs. Just reading the different genres they have reviewed will give you a fair idea of how to go about it.
There are also some blogging communities that offer books for reviews. If you wish to try your hand at it, do visit these sites and register there to receive books. Do follow the rules they have laid out for book reviewing.
Book reviewers I admire:
Things to remember for book reviewing:
Read the book, thoroughly. Of course, that’s understood!
However, try not to skip the parts that seem tedious.
Write an honest review.
Never trash the book, especially if it’s a début work, and do not praise it to the skies, either.
And remember, not all might agree with your view of the book. So, do give reasons for the criticism, as well as the commendation.
Take care not to reveal the end!
And, if there is something you wish to disclose, mention “spoiler alert”!
If reading is a hobby, then sharing reviews of books you enjoy reading is one of the best things to share on your blog!
My theme for the A to Z Blogging Challenge is all about my blog, Metanoia, and my blogging journey from the time I started, 5 years ago. The lessons I learnt, the tips and tricks I picked up from fellow bloggers and the guidelines I could have used back when I began.
You will find all of my A to Z posts here.