Once upon a time, I wanted to be a writer. And for a while, I did write. I wrote several half-finished stories in the horror, romance, suspense, and fantasy genres. But after two years of writing, I realized my heart just wasn’t into it. I wanted to want to write more than actually write. So I stepped away from writing, focusing on reading books.
At some point, I started wishing for more than just reading. I didn’t want to write a book, but I didn’t just want to read books anymore. I wanted to share my reads with others. Goodreads wasn’t cutting it for me. So I decided to start a book blog, focusing on reading and reviewing books.
Here’s a little unknown secret: I struggle with reviewing. I agonize over my reviews. My reviews tend to have 10+ revisions before publication to my blog. I analyze each and every word, each and every sentence, each and every paragraph. I read others reviews, particularly those I admire, in the hopes of improving my reviews.
I want to be a good reviewer. It means something important to me. I want to help people find books they will enjoy, even if a book they enjoy is not a book I enjoy. As one famous librarians is known as staying: “Every reader a book. Every book a reader.” Even when I dislike a book, I understand someone else may love it. While it’s challenging, sometimes even frustrating, I’ve come to really enjoy the process.