5/31/16

Concerning Book Reviews (and future events in the life of mwa)

*cracks knuckles* Alright. Let's do this.

(because all posts start with knuckle cracking. let's be real, guys.)

There are two things I want to talk to you about in this slightly random Tuesday post.



First Thing:
 
I am not big on book reviews.
 
 
However, I do know that they are good for writers to write, and good for authors and their books to receive. And I also know that a lot of people read book reviews.

So I decided to do a thing. I like short summaries, and I don't like negative reviews, so I thought, "Hey, why don't I just pick five things about each book I read that are worthy of noting and mention them, along with my rating?"

Thus, the Five Things About (insert title here) was born.

If you follow my goodreads, you might have noticed these. I started doing them about a month ago. They're usually very short, and I try not to write bad reviews. Bad, as in, critical. At least, not highly critical. If something really irked me, I might mention it as one of the five things, but I try to keep reviews generally positive. I am honest, however. I don't write ugly reviews, but I will give books low ratings.

Which leads me to this: I will not post book reviews on Stan.

My goodreads exists for me to keep track of books I've read and to write reviews. Stan exists for me to write about writerly things and encouragement and stuff. I will make a few exceptions, but in general this will be my code. Someday I might start a book blog, but Stan is not that.

And now, for the ...

Second Thing:
 
My June is very busy.


I know, I know. It's shocking. I actually have a life. What? When did that happen?

I have quite a few things going on in June. Two camps and a writing workshop (*screams*) and several babysitting jobs. So, I probably won't post much ... at all. I will try to post on the fourth and the twenty-fifth, so you'll hopefully get at least two posts out of me. XP

I know you will sob and mourn my absence, but I will return, I promise! And I will give you a nice, big motivational post to spur you on to accomplish all the Things, and I will tell you wonderful tales of my experience at the Writer's Workshop. (here's the link. You should, like, totally go. XP http://www.mplsyoungwritersworkshop.com/)

Any-who. That's all for today, stalkers.

How do you feel about book reviews? Are you doing anything this June/summer?
 

22 comments:

  1. I do book reviews in my head ever since I started going to Goodreads more often. I myself don't have a blog (okay I USED to have one) nor a Goodreads (I'm too 'shy' or scared to connect with the huge community, I guess?) so I don't really do reviews anywhere unless it's for a school paper or an English essay.

    Still, I totally support Stan choosing not to have any book reviews on this blog! I'll still keep reading for the writing posts (let's be honest that's why I'm here!! :P)

    Ahhh. Your June looks super eventful! I hope you have fun and it doesn't get too hot. Summer for us was scorching, I am not kidding. The past few days though you can tell summer is coming to a close, with the rain and school starting in two weeks for us. I'm not ready to be dragged to ten months of waking up at 5:00 am again for school *screams*

    ENJOY YOUR SUMMER!

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    1. WOW! That's crazy! We literally just got out of school here XP

      Thank you so much! <3 enjoy your last two weeks!

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  2. I like them when their interesting and stuff! And yes! I'm doing something secret...*ninja pose*

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    1. Ooooooh something secret? *blinks owl eyes* will I hear about this on your blog? ;P

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  3. WHAT.NO. ONLY *TWO* POSTS IN JUNE?? BUT I LOVE YOU AND YOUR POSTS!!

    Anyhow, have fun in June with all of your stuff. I will eagerly we awaiting those posts :) Also I'm perfectly fine with you not posting your reviews. Although I do not, have a Goodreads. I should have one though. I've been meaning to ask my mom. *goes to ask mom then realizes she's not home and decides to wait until she returns*

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    1. Ahhhh I hope she lets you get one! You should totally be friends with me ;)

      You're so sweet! XP I will post more if I can, but I highly doubt it at the current moment ... Thank you for your enthusiasm though! <3 'this very encouraging :)

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    2. Yeah.. I should. I'll let you know if I get one :) <3

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  4. I hate writing reviews, especially negative ones.

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    1. SAAAME. I guess mainly, being a writer myself, I know how much just a few words can hurt. And if the author were to read my story ...

      Besides, everyone has different tastes. A lot of people love books I hated. But I can usually find five things I liked about the story to point out, even if I didn't like it as a whole

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  5. I love the book review idea!! I'm terrible at writing them. (am I supposed to summarize? List things I like and didn't like...?) Usually I just blab about it for a few sentences and call it quits.
    But I really like the "Five Things About," and I'm going to go a check that out now. XD
    Jeneca @ <a href="www.jeniquablog.wordpress.com>Jeniqua Writes</a>

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    1. Lol I used to be the same way XP Formatting it this way has helped significantly, though (I think ...)

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  6. *is a heartless brutal Vulcan dude* Okay so I sometimes *cough* give negative reviews... *hides* WHEN I'M PUBLISHED THOUGH this will probably stop (I don't know if you stalk Nadine Brandes's blog but her post about that sorta spurred me to this conclusion...)
    Hmm EVERYONE has been telling me to get on Goodreads... XD

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    1. You don't have one?? DUDE. GET ONE.

      *tsks* Shame on you, Vulcan. I will admit I have given a few bad ones before I decided to stay positive... XP

      *goes to stalk Nadine Brandes' blog*

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  7. To be honest, I have given a fair amount of negative reviews, but for a good reason. If the book promotes a bad message, less people should read it. I hate seeing bad quality books get so much hype and seeing good ones remain less popular :/ Maybe I'll change if I get published. Also... I don't have a Goodreads. *gasps* WHAA-

    Plans for June? Do my exams *cries*

    Write A LOT MORE.

    Practice cooking.

    Learn how to drive.

    Learn languages.

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    1. Oooooh what languages are you learning?? And you should totally get a goodreads ahhhhhhh yesssssss. XP

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    2. I'm learning Spanish and Korean :)

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    3. DUDE

      THAT'S AMAZING

      I only know a little bit of Spanish. *sigh* I'd love to learn some other languages though!

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  8. *sobs and mourns in your absence* ;)

    I hope you have a great June! And post LOTS of photos from the writing conference when you get back from it, 'kay? :)

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  9. Oh mah goodness Hannah I'm so close to meeting you and I cannot wait o.o

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    1. *screams quietly* Nine dayssssssss AHHODGJHDSLGJSDLFJHEAFHAELJFHEA *dies*

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