TGIF at GReads! (9) & Weekly Recap

Friday, August 19, 2011

This Friday blog hop is run by Ginger at GReads! (who also created this beautiful button). Each week she posts a new question for us to ponder.

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This week's question is:

The Reviews We Don't Write: Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?

I think this happens the most often when I've really loved a book, though it can also happen to me when dealing with issues or topics that affect me deeply. I've hesitated reading certain books for fear that I won't be able to adequately review them because of my own personal biases. How much of myself do I want to share here? Does sharing certain events from my past help or hinder my reviews and the people who read them?

As with most art forms, I think it can be hard to explain why you love something. When I see a dance or hear a song that brings tears to my eyes, I don't know how to say I appreciated it other than "I loved it." Similarly, with books I often find myself saying, "Well, I loved it because it made me cry." That evocation of emotion is often its own indicator of a positive opinion. And sometimes, that should be enough, though I strive to be a bit more articulate in my reviews on the blog. :)

Do you find some books too personal to review?

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If you're a first time visitor, or just didn't get the chance to stop by this week, here's what you missed:

Guest Post
Everything's Better with Lions at Ruby's Reads

Waiting on Wednesday - Goliath by Scott Westerfeld

3/5 stars
Gothic Reading Challenge
Mystery & Suspense Challenge

Reading Challenge Check-In

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

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Steph: Short and Sweet said...

Aww I can understand your answer. There are times when you can't find the words! Explaining emotions can be hard or easy for a person..

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Jenny said...

Couldn't agree more Logan! I always have trouble writing the reviews for books I just fell in love with because I never feel the depth of my reaction comes across:) It would be nice to just write "This book was amazing. No joke. READ IT." :)

Missie said...

We are one in the same, you and I. Okay, maybe not. But yes, I agree. The books that have the most emotional impact on me are the ones I have a harder time writing and then when I'm done, I feel as if I've failed.

Happy weekend, kid!

Anonymous said...

Logan- that is such a great point!! Sometimes I cant get past the wow factor when I really love a book and its hard to write a review that doesn't come off as kissing an authors butt type...I have a hard time though with the books that disturb me, I often find a loss for words...

SweetMarie83 said...

Wow, you really said it all, and beautifully too! There are just some books that words can't possibly do justice to...and it is hard deciding how much of ourselves to reveal. In some cases, you have to think that people might benefit from your experience or appreciate knowing they're not alone in feeling a certain way, but on the other hand, it's mostly strangers reading our blogs and these things float around on the internet forever! lol Happy Friday!

Small Review said...

Totally understand! I'm having SO much trouble writing my review for The Princess Curse because I loved it so much. How do I say that in a way that actually makes sense? Your comparison to a song is perfect.

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