A few weeks ago I was contacted by the literary assistant to one of my favorite authors (Kathy Tyers). She asked if I would be interested in reading an advance copy of the author’s next book (Wind and Shadow) and consider posting a review after it was released. I, of course, jumped at the opportunity. I’d planned on buying the book as soon as it came out and was thrilled to have a chance to read it early. The book was as satisfying as expected and I’ll post my thoughts about it here next week.
As I’ve thought about what I want to say about the book, I decided to see what tips I could find to help me write a helpful and informative review. There are several websites with instructions for writing reviews. In case you are interested, here are the more interesting or informative ones I found.
- WikiHow – How to Write a Book Review
- How To Review a Book
- How to Write Book Reviews
- How to Write Reviews
- How to Write Great Reviews
In the midst of this research, I rediscovered my enthusiasm for an abandoned project. Just a couple of years ago I started my personal blog, Stephanie’s Musings, with the intent of posting reviews of books and movies I enjoyed. Various life struggles, time demands and fractured priorities derailed my attempts to regularly post anything. My reading dwindled to almost nothing and my passion for writing along with it. (Definite correlation there that needs to be explored.)
Over the past months, though, that love of reading and writing is returning. With it the desire is growing to share with the world, or at least those few who want to listen, my thoughts and opinions of favorite movies and books. Check out Stephanie’s Musings in the coming weeks for reviews of what I’m currently reading (including a review of Kitty Bucholtz’ “Little Miss Lovesick”). Feel free to let me know what you would like to see reviewed.