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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:

  1. Siamese Cats by Stuart A. Kallen (April 2014)
  2. Be Gentle With the Dog Dear by Matthew J. Baek (June 2014)
  3. The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne (August 2014)
  4. Garbage by Robert Maass (September 2014)
  5. Fran by Jim Woodring (September 2014)
  6. Food Wars!, Vol. 1: Shokugeki no Soma by Yuuto Tsukuda (October 2014)
  7. Yotsuba&!, Vol. 10 (Yotsuba&! #10) by Kiyohiko Azuma (October 2014)
  8. Hidden: A Child's Story of the Holocaust by Loïc Dauvillier (October 2014)
  9. In the Shadows by Kiersten White (October 2014)
  10. Posy by Linda Newbery (January 2015)
  11. Frank, Vol. 1 by Jim Woodring (April 2015)

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.

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