Bah! Stupid January blues!
Anyways - I've decided to help me write better, I've got to read more. Not that I'm going to steal a person's idea or whatever, but to get my brain moving. It's been in a fatty slump, not being used to it's fullest potentional, and it needs exercise. What better way then to read.
I'm not a very good reviewer, but I've got a lot of great books in my eBook library right now. I'll be making comments on goodreads, and probably briefly on here. I just feel guilty if something isn't my cup of tea ... how do you judge it? Do I just ignore it and make a review based on the writing?
For example: I wasn't a fan of the Twilight series. I wanted to bang my head against a brick wall. All my friends said it was the greatest book they've ever read and I just HAD to read it. So I did. A friend loaned me all four books and I read them in a four day weekend. I wanted to like them. I really did. But I found myself skimming pages because I couldn't stand the drone on and on and on and on. Why is he cold? Why is he gone when the sun is out? Blah, blah blah blah ... all I can say is DUH! I wanted to smack Bella. Her name was even annoying ... Bella Swan?! OH COME ON! Give me a frickin' break! But yet I still trudged through them. I think the story had potential. I liked the premise of it. I would have liked the fourth book had Stephenie kept it in Bella's POV the entire time, as she had done with the three previous books. But she changed it up and it felt wrong, oh so wrong. I was ticked off. Passionate. I hated it. But I still liked the story. Liked the 'idea' of what the books were about.
Now ... Stephenie Meyer isn't going to give a hoot what I think of her book, but the books I'm going to be reading soon, will be from people I know and like. So it'll be hard. Plus, I know how hard it is to be in this business (well, not as hard as those who have slaved for years and went through the traditional route. I've had it easy compared to them).
I don't want to anger anyone. I don't anyone to hate me because their book wasn't my cup of tea and I couldn't enjoy it because I wasn't interested in it. Would I want them to give me a 1 star review because they didn't like my book because it wasn't their cup of tea? No ... I don't think so. I would expect them to be honest though. Actually ... I don't think it would hurt me if I got a 1 star review. Reviews aren't supposed to be about the writer, they're supposed to be about the book and for other potential readers. What some might love, others might hate.
Sheesh ... I can't even make up my own mind. Now I'm just babbling so I think it's time to end this before I really put my foot in my mouth.
Have a wonderful day everyone!