I used to have a website where I gave books numerical rankings, based on a variety of categories. And that was fun, in a certain way (who doesn’t love judging the artistic works of others?) but it meant reading the books in a certain way, assessing their worth so I could give it a number. I didn’t always like reading that way. I wanted to read critically, yes, but there’s a lot more to critical reading than formulating an opinion about quality.
When I write reviews now I try to approach them from a craft perspective. I’m a firm believer that every book has something to teach you, no matter how good or bad you or anyone else thinks it is. Sometimes a book seems to teach me something that’s worth sharing, and when that happens, I write up a review of it. All the titles I’ve reviewed so far are listed below in alphabetical order.
Binary Star (Sarah Gerard)
A Deepness in the Sky (Vernor Vinge)
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (Haruki Murakami)
How to Carry Bigfoot Home (Chris Tarry)
Letters to Aunt Lucy (Stephanie Bartusis)
The Princess Bride: Book vs. Movie (William Goldman)
Swarm Theory (Christine Rice)
Welcome to Night Vale: A Novel (Joseph Fin & Jeffrey Cranor)
Whiskey, etc (Sherrie Flick)