Something I truly believe in order to becoming a better writer, is to read as much as you can. Reading different genres can really help you figure out what it is you really like and what you could really like writing about. Reading books from different authors can also help you find a writing style that inspires you to develop the right tone for your book/blog. I would even go as far as saying reading books written poorly or on an amateur level, can also help you develop better writing skills. It plays into that concept of ‘learn from someone else’s mistakes’.
So, I decided to start posting book reviews because I want to give myself accountability with keeping up with my reading and in turn, my writing. So often I find myself starting a new book or audio book and it takes me a lot longer to finish it than it should. Instead, I’ll start watching TV or scrolling through social media, basically just wasting time instead of using it to the best of my advantage. Of course, every now and then its perfectly fine to veg on the nonsense and turn your brain off for a while, but ‘every now and then’ so easily becomes ‘far too often’ and then it gets difficult to get back on track. I can look back and recall more times I just turned off my brain more than I did something to intrigue it, and frankly, I am sick of it.
I have found that for me, reading feeds into my creative side as well as relaxes me. Conjuring up images in my head from well written works, really inspire me to create something new or to use it as inspiration for my next piece of art or writing. Also, I am so that person that needs transition time between finishing a book and the real world!
My book reviews will be as objective as possible. Personally, I love reading book reviews that explain how well the story developed, if the characters were relatable, was the story face paced, etc. I plan on following that path and making sure to give honest reviews that will help you decide if it will be your next read. (Or if you’re like me, you’ll buy it and forget about it for a few months to a few years……)
If you have any recommendations for me, feel free to tell me about them! I love exploring and discussing new books with others!
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