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March 21, 2013 / ljbradburn-Smith

Will there ever be a bad book review?

I promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God.

I realise that whenever I write a book review that I probably come across as gushy and as though I love very book that I read. This isn’t actually the case but is true of the majority of novels that I read. In general I read books which are recommended to me or that I have picked up in the bookshop after a loooooong time browsing and my broad taste means that I appreciate all kinds of literature from classics to trashy chick lit.

As long as it can draw me in and make me feel in some way for the character, be it love or hate, then i’m usually game. I struggle the most if I feel indifferent towards a character as it makes them hard to place and I’m left unsure about whether or not I really care about their story. I have only ever read a few books that I have hated. Ian McEwan’s Enduring love was one of them (read my book review here) and there was another one at university which I boycotted after the first chapter. That one was so bad I actually can’t remember the name of it!

I have two main categories that I put the books I read in to – quick, lighthearted reads and deep, time-consuming reads (the kind where occasionally you have to read over a page more than once). I enjoy both but often find they work well if alternated, if I have spent a good long while on a book that is quite dense or one of those hidden treasure novels where more is implied than spelt out, by the end i’m quite ready for the next Percy Jackson and visa versa. Sometimes though situations in my life make me want to dive in to one type more than the other, if I need to feel comforted nothing but Marian Keyes, Celia Ahern or J.K Rowling (and a hug from Ben) will do, whereas having a craving for the unusual I turn to Scarlett Thomas or Margaret Atwood. I’ve been feeling quite confused recently which may be why I am reading four books at the same time! If you want to know about my mental state my bedside table would be a good place to start.

I also can’t help but admire anyone who writes a book as it is my ultimate aim and I don’t know if I will ever be very good at it so I keep this in mind before I slate a writing style. So I promise to tell you if I hate a book but I’m just warning you it is unlikely to happen.


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