Apr 23 2019

Typical #AtoZChallenge #Writing #BookReviews as an #Author

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Writing Book Reviews As An Author

Inspiration To Make It Easier

By: J Lenni Dorner

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter T
is for Typical

Is the book you’re reviewing the typical genre you usually read? If you aren’t sure, you can check what categories the book is in and determine if you’ve read any other books listed there. Is this the genre you write?

Another valuable insight could be if the book is a genre you generally like or dislike.
Someone who likes horror saying that this is a good horror book will help convince fellow horror fans to pick it up. Someone who doesn’t normally like fantasy saying that they enjoyed a fantasy book will start the crossover meter.

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Question: Are reference books a typical genre you read? Are books on Literary Criticism or Writing Skills a favorite indulgence for you?

— J, Co-host and Team Captain #AtoZChallenge

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  1. I typically read historical fiction and folklore/mythology, and nonfiction books on storytelling. I am also really into 19th-20th century travel journals. I am very picky about fantasy, so if I reviewed one, it would probably count as a crossover… I tend to state my preferences in my reviews.

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  2. Thank you to the team captain of AtoZ challenge 😉

  3. The genre to which a book belongs has gotten so complicated that I’d hesitate to even venture a guess as to what genre a book belongs for fear I’d offend someone. As a result, I don’t read fiction…

    The last two writing books I enjoyed reading were Blake Snyder’s “Save The Cat” and “Save The Cat Strikes Back.” I don’t write fiction these days, either (at least not on purpose), but his books were good. Snyder grew up in Evanston, the suburb directly north of Chicago, and he was around my age (he died a few years ago), so it was like I was talking to a peer.
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  4. I read fiction predominantly, in various genres. But I always have non-fiction books on my desk for research, but I finish few. At the moment I am reading Kate Quinn’s novel The Huntress and Elizabeth Wein’s non-fiction A Thousand Sisters – they overlap as the novel has a former Soviet aviatrix and the ‘sisters’ are the Soviet airwomen in WWII.
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  5. I haven’t thought about how the crossover of genres worked… Great post!
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