Young Adult Books: To Review or Not Review…?

Ever since I launched my blog,,

I’ve been trying to decide how to position myself concerning book reviews.

#1. Do I even want to position myself as a book reviewer? As an author, I have to say that writing a book review scares the heck out of me. My inner author is freaking out, jumping up and down, and shouting at the top of her little inner author, high-pitched voice that every other author out there is better than me, so where do I get off writing reviews! (Sigh… I wish my inner author would shut up.

#2. If I do decide to kill…I mean, duct tape my inner author’s mouth shut, and position myself as a book reviewer, what type of books do I want to review? The obvious choice is the genre I like to write, young adult, science fiction and fantasy. But, there’s my inner author again, ripping the duct tape off her mouth (Yeee Ouch!) and shouting, “Great, now you’re judging your competition. And lest you forget—they’re ALL better than you!”

Excuse me for a second…

Okay, suddenly I’m feeling much better about myself. Now where was I?

Right. The problem with sticking with one genre is boredom. However, since this is my blog, I suppose if I really want to read and review something else; a murder mystery, for example, I can. Problem solved.

#3. Big sigh! What if I absolutely hate a book? Ugh! Am I willing to post a 1 or 2 star review? The answer to this one is easy, No. Knowing, first hand, what it’s like to pour my heart and soul into writing a book, I could never publicly rip someone’s story to shreds.

So, over the past year, I’ve experimented with being a book reviewer. I’ve tiptoed around, sometimes even stated a fairly strong opinion, and I’ve basically stuck to reviewing young adult, science fiction and fantasy books (…ones that I enjoy).

However, now that I have a new blog (If you haven’t noticed—it looks a bit different) I’m no longer going to (pretend) to do book reviews. Rather, I’m going to hold book discussions.

Beginning with Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore, I’m going to discuss what I liked, what I didn’t like…and then pose some questions. After that, I’m going to open it up to readers, writers, and even the author of the book being discussed, to chime in with their thoughts. Since my goal is to become a better writer, and through this blog, help others become better writers, I feel that a book discussion will be much more productive than a review. I hope my readers think so too.

Join me this Friday for my first Book Discussion featuring Bitterblue by Kristan Cashore. (By the way…has anyone else noticed a little blue bird flying around my blog?)


8 thoughts on “Young Adult Books: To Review or Not Review…?

  1. Tam Linsey says:

    What a fabulous idea! I loo forward to the discussion, even though I have yet to read the book. I hope your blog takes off! (And I love the little birdie keeping me company on your site 🙂


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