Welcome to Books – A Revue*. Not an ordinary book review site – but books I have loved or plan to read because I love the subject, the author, the contents.
Look for many titles and many subjects. I read damn near everything. Find enthusiastic recommendations and what I love about the book itself. I have discovered that all writers have information to share that is good to learn.
I am a member of GOODREADS and enjoy it. Check it out.
I do not negative sell. Panning a book is a personal judgement and hardly means a book isn’t good or readable. If I don’t like a book. I stop reading it. I might say it was not for me or use the term “pass”; but careers are lost on a bad review. That’s not a risk I will take because I am not qualified to be a one person judge and jury. That kind of judge and jury is easily bought.
I do not do plot summaries. You can find a plot summary on Amazon, the book cover flap, the publisher’s website, Publisher’s Weekly or the on line public library (mine is the Los Angeles Public Library). Check those if you are not familiar with the title or author. I am not going to retell the story. I will tell you the title and the author.
I welcome comments and suggestions; readers, writers, authors, publishers are all welcome to this blog. I am a fan of many authors and many countries. I read in English. I have been doing this since I was about 4 and read Dick and Jane in one sitting. And I write. I still have my first (and only) completed novel manuscript from middle school. It was filthy – and verbose and I am afraid to reread it now. But I have it.
In the main, I write non-fiction and I am published. I am willing to read any question, but may not answer it and if I do, you may not love the answer. For exceedingly stupid questions I suggest QUORA.com – where I am often asked and do answer queries. (hint: rarely am I asked about books on Quora).
I hope you will enjoy this blog and make suggestions – no chick lit though and no cookie, muffin, pot roast or other food mysteries. I do worry about the new trend of author series – but I read them if I like the writer. I have come to realize that the media creates literary fame – not readers of books. I wish I didn’t realize that. And I have liked books from the James Patterson Guild of Scribes – but I think they should have their own bestseller list.
*This a Revue – and because I could not locate my regular dictionary, I looked in my Le Robert Micro (French it is and blatant brag – I am not a Francophone however)) Essentially a revue can be complicated and on stage and usually musical, but it is also an inventory. So this is my inventory in progress.