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What’s a good reader to do?

With all the reading I do, my husband wants to know if I have a book “inside of me”.  Heck, no!  I’m a reader, not a writer and I don’t aspire to be one.  Bloggging is hard enough.  So what’s a good reader to do when asked to review a book and comment on it?  Hmmm.  I need a good thesaurus, dictionary and synonym list.  After all, how many ways can a gal say “I liked the book”??  I’ve been accused of giving away part of the plot without warning with a *spoiler alert* and that caused me untold grief.  I hate to spoil anything for anyone.  But, it’s a “catch 22” – darned if you do and darned if you don’t.

So what can I do?   Well, I tried to read other reviews on the books I had read to see if there was a commonality amongst the reviewers.   I love to read their reviews – but I run into the same problem – verbalizing the likes or dislikes of a particular book, and making it interesting enough to catch a potential reader/buyer’s attention.  I didn’t like doing book reports or oral reviews in high school or college and it’s no different here.  I could quote the flyleaf or publisher’s review, but those aren’t my words and paraphrasing is hard work for me.  Why can’t I just say I like the style of writing, I like the characters, I like the storyline.  Or, I didn’t like the style, characters or storyline.  I’d rather say I liked or didn’t like the book, recommend it or not, and move on.  Why is that not enough?

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