Reviewing the Situation
Read any good books recently?
As writers, we’re regularly reminded that we should be readers, too. In these times of online meetings and virtual interviews, we’re becoming much better acquainted with the contents of other people’s bookshelves. This is a good thing, in my opinion, although I often wish that the camera would zoom in a bit more so that I can see what people are actually reading.
You’ll notice I focus on positive reviews here. That’s because I feel my time is better spent on those than on possibly upsetting another writer with what is – after all – only my opinion. Some negative reviews are really weird, too. I’ve seen one-star reviews of books because:
· The packaging was damaged (are you quite sure you want to blame the author for that?)
· It was on a different topic from what I expected (next time, maybe read the blurb before you buy?)
· Who is it for?
· What is it about?
· Why should I read it?
Writing reviews is also a great writing exercise as – like letter-writing – it forces us to summarise our thoughts and express them clearly using relatively few words.
So, back to my original question – have you read any good books recently? Yes? Well, maybe you should consider reviewing them...
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