Because I’m both an avid reader and a writer, I thought it would be fun to start a book review page where I discuss the remarkable, the not-so-much, and the unreached potential, filling the pages of the books I read. In the Reader’s Take section I give an overall summary of how I felt about the story. The Writer’s Take portion is where I note more technical likes and dislikes I noticed along the way. This part of my review is not meant to put down the author I’m reviewing but to offer any other writers who may visit my site a little advice on crafting a well-written story.
Of course, as I’m well aware, writing the perfect novel is not a reality but as authors we must continually be improving, and learning from another’s triumphs and mistakes is one of the best ways to do so.
I mostly review novels of my own choosing but if you’d like me to review one of your books, I’d be happy to. Just know that I’m honest with my reviews, brutally so.
Also, I only read paper books.
No ebooks please 🙂
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Book Review: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven
Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town...
Book Review: “The Memory of Light” by Francisco X. Stork
Vicky Cruz shouldn’t be alive. That’s what she thinks, anyway—and why she tried to kill herself. But then she arrives at Lakeview Hospital, where she meets Mona, the live wire; Gabriel, the saint; E.M., always angry; and Dr. Desai, a quiet force. With stories and...
Book Review: “My Not So Perfect Life” by Sophie Kinsella
Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed. Ok, so the real truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram...
Book Review: “Lies and Other Acts of Love” by Kristy Wood Harvey
After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies. Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is,...
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