At the beginning of the year I decided that I would not only keep track of how many books I read this year, but I would also be sure to leave every Author a review – as long as I finished the book and could honestly do so.
Why did I decide to do this? Because, I feel the Author was brave enough to put his/her written work out there and a little encouragement can go a long ways. As a writer myself, I have struggled with being brave enough and I also know receiving that little “well done” keeps the pen or keys moving. It feels nice to have some appreciate what you’ve created.
I’ve also connected with many of these Authors on Facebook and they are great people who love to tell stories and they are human, they have feelings too. I’ve had some Authors in the past (years ago) make me feel as if I’d never make it as a writer. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t get to me. It did. It hurt, badly. Times have changed though and today, I consider several Authors my friends. Authors who are willing to speak to me and treat me like Author verses a peon. I also think…this is my friend, I read her/his book, shouldn’t I be a true friend and help promote it? For these reasons and more, I now write the reviews.
I do have a 3 chapter rule and I feel I’m rather lenient with that. I think most Readers give up long before that if the Author hasn’t drawn them in. The reason I have this rule is I have stumbled upon some really great books that just took a little longer to grab me, but in the end grabbed me so hard I couldn’t put it down. And honestly, I love those books! They become the unexpected adventure that pulls at every emotion. They make me feel deeply.
I also planned to write “lengthier” reviews on my website here as a letter to each Author – sadly, I’ve only accomplished that twice and I’ve read far more than 2 books this year. I admit my reading has slowed down a bit due to the fact that I am working on my own novels, but no-the-less I’m still reading.
I have left reviews at the end of each book. I love how reading on my Kindle allows me to write the review, right there as soon as I finish the book. Sometimes I hold on to it and write it a couple days later, mainly because I tend to finish books in the middle of the night and simply want to drift off to sleep after “the end“. I have found if I just leave the book in my carousel on my device I will remember to write the review. If I delete or remove the book…then oops. Those books usually return and I find myself saying, “I’ve read this“.
Since I’ve failed to write each Author a letter of review – I’ve decided to try and fix that by a serious list of link backs. These links within will take you to either Amazon, Goodreads or the Author’s Facebook page. Don’t be afraid to connect with them or reach out to them – they truly love connecting with their readers.I hope to get back to writing the review letters, I enjoyed that. Life just got in my way for a bit – it tends to do that from time to time.
So if you are looking for something to read…
It appears I took a break from reading until May, I was busy training and participating in a couple of CrossFit competitions..and that my friend, is exhausting!
and we’ve made it to JUNE!
Rachel Wesson is FAST becoming one of my favorite Authors. She does a great job – such a good job that I’ve not been able to truly focus today because I knew this book had just been released! EEEK! Look for my review soon – like seriously soon, because we all know I won’t get much done until I finish this book. I’ve read several of the same authors recently, so I may swing back through and write them each a little something, we’ll see. Until then, be blessed.