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Not Every Book Gets a Review: 05/10/15
Although I do use a one star rating, I don't review every book I read. Criteria for reviewing books is pretty straight forward: I have to have something to say about the book.
I try to avoid just giving plot summary. Plot summary isn't a review. It doesn't tell you anything beyond what happened. Chances are, you don't want so many spoilers!
I also try to avoid purely emotional responses. Love or hate with nothing else to say isn't enough beyond maybe a quick notation in GoodReads and LibraryThing or maybe a photograph with a reaction on Tumblr. This blog, though, is for multi-paragraph posts about books.
Ideally I'd like to have a post where I share something meaningful about the book. Maybe I can draw in cultural connections across other books, or the author's body of work. Maybe I can draw on my personal experience and share a story that relates to the book. Maybe I ended up doing a silly mental mashup with another book or cast the characters with cartoon characters, or something. All those are fun posts to write, and I hope, fun to read.
Sometimes, though, I'm staring a book I've read, and even with my notes taken, I can't think of anything beyond a sentence or two to write. Those are the books that I leave rated on the other sites but unreviewed here.
Here is my current list of books I'm not going to review:
The dates next to the titles are when I read them. As you can see, there's sometimes quite a lag time between reading and writing a review. I will explain in a later post why I take so long to write a review.