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?