Reading

Long Books vs. Short Books
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As a kid, I took a lot of pride in reading big books. Most of my favorites were absolutely massive tomes, and I could finish them within a few days. As an adult, the amount of time I’m able to spend reading has definitely been cut down, but I still really enjoy long books.

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Reading Outside our Genre Circle
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Before I became a book reviewer, I would only read a couple of specific genres, most likely from the same authors. Only when I had nothing to read, and could not find the usual, would I venture out of my comfort zone and read outside my genre circle

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How I Jumped Into Non-Fiction
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When I think of a nonfiction book, I picture a massive hardback with single-spaced lines and a tiny font size. Walking through the nonfiction section at the bookstore, the bookcases are always stuffed to capacity. Not only do they take up a ton of shelf space, but they can take a long time to read as well.

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The Alternate Summer Reading Plan – Thanks, Corona!
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I don’t know about you, but every summer I binge on fantasy, mystery, and creative memoirs, plus a romance here and there – books to read as I relax by the pool or lake on my days off, or while vacationing at the beach. This year however, I am finding myself tired of the summer reads, and August is not even over yet! After much reflection I realize now that I have been reading my summer list since I have been on lock down…

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Bringing It All Together: Reviewing Short Story Collections
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I love short story collections. They are compulsively easy to read, far more so than novels. I also like to think of them as introductions to authors I haven’t read before. Short stories are a great way to sample a writer’s style. Anthologies of short stories can be tricky to get right. Some are straight forward collections of a single author’s work. I tend to only buy these if I’m already familiar with the author through their other work, whether that be a novel or a separate short story that I read and enjoyed.

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Yes, Sometimes I Do Judge Books By Their Covers
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All of us have walked into a bookstore and left with at least one book solely because its cover was pretty. I know I’ve done it, and you know you’ve done it too. It’s fine. I get it. Sometimes you see a book that you just know would look great on your bookshelf, and you don’t have any choice but to buy it.

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Devising a Review Strategy
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Reviewing books is a much easier task if you have a plan of attack before even opening the book. It provides a specific direction to take your review in. There are a lot of different ways to create a reviewing strategy, and not everybody likes to plan out their reviews.

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