Why I Write Book Reviews Like I do…

I love reading…. And I love listening to books on audio form while I am doing mundane tasks around the house.  But I write book reviews a certain way and they are actually slightly different then most reviews you see.

I must say I am not silly enough to think you really want to read what I thought of a book.. which is why I clearly label them a book review in the title.  You can simply pass them by.  No worries at all.

You see, when I read a book I am underlining and highlighting and making notes in the margins.. Which is why I don’t (very rarely) lend out books to someone else to read.  Because they have challenge notes or personal things for me to look into.

Which is why, if  you are one of my daughters, you will not want to throw away books when I pass.  Lets just say you will learn a lot about me, and how much I love you, in the pages of the books I read.

Anyone can come on and write about a book and what they thought of it.  But when I write a book I am writing about how I internalized it.  How it worked, and churned around, inside of me changing me or my thoughts and how I internalized the book.

I want to share how the book brought up my past and had me reshape the way I thought of it.  How I was able to tie the strings of pain together with strings of healing and what the path looked like for me.  Or simply how it made me want to be a better person.  Or look at the world differently.

To me, reading a book that someone liked…. and reading a book that changed someone, or healed someone, or led someone along the path of forgiveness are very different.

So reading a book review from me, is like going on a little history tour and you get the parts of what I felt about the book… but you also get the path that the book personally took me on through my own life.  And how it brought me to the end either a better person or not.

One thing is for sure… I am honest about liking or not liking a book.  Some books are just… well… not helpful.  And then there are those books that literally open you wide up…. and show you exactly where you went wrong… and lead you directly to the solution and healing begins.  Or finding a book that has, during a course of reading it, secretly answered long time questions that  you have never dared to speak out loud!!!!

Those are the books I love!

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