Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Writer's View - a new approach to book blogging

I've always been an avid reader, but it's only been with my recent introduction to Goodreads that I've started writing--and reading--book reviews. I think I may be developing an addiction for both. I've started following several book blogs as a way to find out about new books. (Check out Abonormally Paranormal Reviews, The Dark Side of the Covers, and The Bookish Babes.)
I've been toying with the idea of posting reviews on my blog, but I've come to the superstitious conclusion that there might be some off-kilter karmic consequence for a writer to become a book blogger, esp if I ever post a not-so-positive review. But, as I do love books and would like to talk about them with other bloggers, I've decided to approach this whole thing from a different angle.

I read for two main reasons: for enjoyment and for instruction. As a writer, I think one of the best ways to improve my craft is to read and explore techniques employed by other writers. What I post about a book won't necessarily be positive or negative review. Rather, I will focus my posts on what I learned as writer. I'm going to call this endeavor Writer's View, as in, the writer's perspective of a book. I'll continue to blog about my indie publishing adventures as well.

Stay tuned for my first Writer's View, which will be of Kevin Hearne's hilarious Iron Druid Chronicles.


  1. This is so brilliant, Camille!! I think this is totally the way to go as an author who wants to review books. And, you shouldn't have to feel like you can't review books, but this is a really good way to safely give your opinion on them. It's a win-win.

    I can't wait to see what you think about IDC from a writer's perspective!

    P.S. Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. Thanks, Cathy! The funny thing is I conduct most of this analysis in my head while I read, so it doesn't seem like a stretch to incorporate it into my blog.