Books and Reading: An Introduction

I’ve decided that I’m going to post a few book reviews every now and again. I don’t foresee doing a whole lot of these, at least in the beginning. There are several reasons for this, the most significant being that when I’m in school I tend to focus much of my energies there and read whenever I can.

Another reason is that I have a terrible fault in that I can’t finish reading a book if I’m not getting into it. So, if you see your book reviewed on here, you know I liked it.

I already have a few reviews that I’m working on and should have the first one ready to post by the beginning of next week.

I hope you enjoy what I have to post here about the books I like to read. If you have any suggestions for me, please feel free to leave me a comment. Or use the “Contact” tab to send me an email. I’d love to hear from you.


6 thoughts on “Books and Reading: An Introduction

  1. You might try Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Jackson was a pioneering Horror writer, stretching out the boundaries for all speculative fiction. Not moral boundaries (everyone loves flouting those), but in terms of character and content. The novel is quite short, and its dialogue is both brilliant in composition and reads breezily. It’s a master class in how to express characters through their own words rather than narration. House full of crazy or muted personalities, possibly covering up a mass murder, all with reserve and civility.

    • Oh, John…that sounds like a wonderful idea. Thanks for suggesting it. Of course, I’m very familiar with her short story “The Lottery” which probably appears in every high school literature textbook. That story knocked me in the guts when I first read it, so I’m sure I’d enjoy reading more of her work. I’m going to search for it at the library website.

      Thanks again!

  2. Hey, Maria. Thanks for dropping in at West of Mars. If you read e-books, I’ll always be glad to gift you a coupon for a free copy of any of my books via Smashwords. Reviews rock.

    I hope you have fun with reviewing. I do some on a less-popular blog at West of Mars; it’s fun, and that’s my sole reason for doing it. It’s FUN.

    • Hi Susan;

      I’ll check you out on Smashwords. And if something grabs me (and since you write stuff along the same lines and genres as I do, that’s a very strong possibility) I don’t mind buying. It’s good for us writers to support one another that way. I do plan on doing reviews of independent authors. I’ll try and get around to checking out the reviews you’ve done on West of Mars. It might give me an idea for some other books to read. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for stopping by!

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