This week I’ve read a few strong opinions about what makes a “good” book review. How do you find the diamonds amongst so much rough?
I disagree that a book review, particularly on a blog which is, by its nature a deeply personal publication, ought to be restricted to facts, figures, plot summaries and page counts. I can find these details on amazon, in store catalogues and blurbs. What I want is to listen to what a book means to a reader and to follow their enthusiasm down the next rabbit hole, whilst hopefully avoiding transgressions into frightening territory eg. Fifty Shades of Grey.
Today I’d like to offer you this link to an article from The New Yorker:
What George Orwell, Henry Miller, and John Waters taught me about what to read next written by Maria Bustillos, The New Yorker
Then, I’d like you to come back and tell me what you want in a book review – I’m still finding my stride around here. Or, tell me where your most reliable recommendations come from. Or, grab my lapels and tell me about your favourite book!