Why am I writing reviews
I love to read. I wouldn’t call myself a heavy reader. On average, I only read one or two books a month. Since I love reading and I love writing. I’ve decided if I can coherently assess the books I read, than maybe I can understand why I like or dislike them. Giving me insight for my own writing.
Why you should care
If you’ve read my blog and liked what you’ve seen than it’s logical that you’d like the same things I do.
As far as my qualifications, I have
- a Bachelors degree in Media Communications from the University of Ottawa,
- a second, mostly finished, Bachelors degree in English Literature and Film Studies from the University of Ottawa,
- two completed novels and one almost finished (so far unpublished),
- over four years experience writing and Game Mastering the same group of players,
- my wife and I own over two thousand books, and
- of those two thousand books, I’ve read at least a quarter
It’s not the greatest list of qualifications but I hope its enough to keep you reading.
How it’ll work
I’ll be reviewing four aspects of each book I read. These for aspects represent things that I find important in my books. I’ll give each aspect a rating out of five and at the end give the book a rating percentage.
I am not reviewing if a book is good literature, or social commentary, etc. I am reviewing whether I enjoyed the book. I might do some literary analysis but most of it will be personal not scientific.
To enjoy a book I have to care about the characters. That doesn’t mean they have to be nice, good, or awesome. I just need them to be interesting and relatable.
This is an extremely personal aspect of books. I have certain styles I can’t stand and some that I love. A writing style can elevate a mediocre story into a great read and vice versa.
I’ll be honest. I don’t believe in an original story or idea. I do believe that there are original ways to put story elements together. There are themes, character arcs, plots and subplots, and multiple other elements that go into a story.
You could call it the X factor, but sometimes it makes all the difference. A novel could be bland in every other way but still fun to read.
As my wife can tell you, I’m not always right. Everything I say here is my opinion. If you disagree or want to discuss my points, feel free to comment.