Why This Blog Exists

Short answer: Book reviews and sometimes writing prompts. My goal is to post bi-weekly; at the very least, monthly. Questions, comments, rebuttals, and critiques are welcome, but be constructive.

The book reviews are so I don’t catch “the hype.” I made that up just now. Basically, this is a blog for my own personal real opinions about the books I read with as little influence from the media and crazy fans as possible.

Along the way, I hope the book reviews help me get a better sense of what I like and don’t like in books, so that this new found better sense of direction will help me in my own writing.

And that is why the writing prompts will be here, too. I follow a few writing blogs, so quite a few writing prompts will pop up. When they do, I’ll be sure to do some writing here.

Side story: I was reading Divergent, and a couple people asked, “Is that a good book?”

I shrugged and said, “I like it.”

And that was it. I was genuinely entertained by the book, but it wasn’t something I felt they absolutely had to read.

I loved The Fault In Our Stars.

Another side story: I listened to a podcast on The Fault In Our Stars by Literary Disco, and they made some good points about the flaws. They did not change my opinion about the book, but I couldn’t exactly argue against them about why I thought the book was great. I give credit to Julia Pistell, Tod Goldberg, and Rider Strong for inspiring me to write this blog to become a better reader and a better writer in the process.

The fact that I couldn’t argue my case, made me realize, I was reading just to read. I was doing what I did in school; read through the book, so I can half ass an essay or something. I was reading just to get to the end. I hardly remembered the middle of it.

And I don’t know what I really think of The Hunger Games series, so I’ll be going back to that at some point. I flew through the last two books during finals my senior year of college, so you can hardly blame me for not remembering a lot of the story.

Back story: There was a point in my life where I hated reading, but I didn’t want to hate it. It was strange. As a cover up, I used to say, “I do like reading but not school books.”

It was at some point near the end of high school when I decided to take on, The Golden Compass because my friend from my fifth grade class really liked the book, and at that time, I got through a few chapters, and then it lost me. It might have been a difficult read for fifth grade me.

Going back to The Golden Compass as an older person soon to be in college, the book was great, and I loved it. But I cannot tell you why I loved it. I don’t remember much of it, and that makes me sad. In hindsight, it seems like it was the book that made me really love reading, and I can’t tell you how it had that effect on me.

In conclusion, I am here to become a better and more critical reader, and thereby becoming a better writer.


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