I love to write book reviews. They are wonderful training for conciseness. You want to share what the writer has shown you. There are many writers in the world and many visions. The reason there are so many is that each writer us is unique and speaks to a unique group of people. Many, many books speak to me. The world is full of excellent story tellers. I love them all.
There are books to curl up with on a Saturday afternoon while it is raining. Their stories go well with hot chocolate, maybe popcorn. These little mysteries grab your shirt front and drag you right into the middle of the action before you can say who-done-it. I like the ones with humor or some quirky main character.
The romances that will draw me in are a little more sophisticated. I like a sassy heroine on her way somewhere. Usually my favorites are supported by a classical plot structure. I have found plots from Shakespeare in romance novels. Romances that are not well done are just not that interesting.
I like heroes that start at one point and move to some development as a product of experience or time. My favorite heroes and my favorite villains are not that far apart. There is a very thin moral line of redemption between the best good guy and the great bad guy. I think that villains are harder to craft because you have to know so much about them to create a good one.
Graphic novels are becoming favorites also. My daughter and I read the Sandman series at about the same time. I was enchanted by the possibilities of art becoming another character in the story.
I love children’s books. A good one will send me to the order site for my grandchildren. Good pictures, wry stories. They are sometimes the best present of all.
I am off to review another book for Amazon. My kindle and I’ve become great friends. I’ll download a free offer at the drop of a hat. I always try to offer a concise and encouraging review.