I started using Goodreads in earnest about two years ago. When I find a new book, I almost always scroll on down to the reviews. I find that I can get the “feeling” (and even summary) of a book so much better from my fellow readers.
I immediately noticed something when I started doing this. I’d often come across reviews by readers who looovvvedd the given book. They’d rave about it, encourage others to read it, tell us why it was so wonderful.
And I realized: I very rarely write book reviews for the books I love.
If I didn’t like a book, or simply liked it, writing a review is easy for me. I’m able to slap down my thoughts in no time. But if it’s a book I love, I just… won’t write about it.
Which is insane.
I mean, if I love a book, of course I should share it. I want other readers to experience the magic that I did, right? Right?!
I think there are two reasons I do this:
When I finish a book I love, I want to linger in that world for awhile longer. I often won’t start another book or watch television that day. I just want to enjoy the place I just left. I want to feel all the feels, basically. I don’t want to worry about throwing my happily muddled thoughts into a review.
“All morning I struggled with the sensation of stray wisps of one world seeping through the cracks of another. Do you know the feeling when you start reading a new book before the membrane of the last one has had time to close behind you? You leave the previous book with ideas and themes — characters even — caught in the fibers of your clothes, and when you open the new book, they are still with you.”
― Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale
Also, when I love a book, I often feel like I can’t adequately put into words why I loved it so much. I feel like everything I could say would be trite. So if asked, I just kind of stammer, “Ugh, this book is so good. It’s amazing. Just… it’s just so good.”
So I’m going to work on that. Because in a galaxy far, far away, I’d love for people to care about my opinions about books. So I’d better tell you my opinions for all the books. Including the amazing ones.
I’ll link up here once I write my reviews for my favorite books, but for now, you can check out the list of my Book Recommendations. (Miraculously, I did write a review for The Book Thief , which is one of my favorites.)
Does anyone else have this problem? Is it easy for you to write reviews on your favorite books?
Also, I discovered the 2017 Book Blog Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight! It basically encourages discussion between book bloggers, which is always wonderful! I’ve signed up and I hope to have plenty of things to discuss with everyone. 🙂 I’d love to link up at least 11-20 discussion posts before 2017 is up!