Happy New Year to all!
After the silence over the Holidays, I finally find myself the much-needed time to return to my original selfish plan. The 40x40 Book Challenge. Yes, yes, I almost forgot about it myself.
When I began this challenge, I had an idea of how I wanted to go about the review process for the books on the challenge. My plan was to find the book, present the basics of the book, read the book, and then tell you about it. I did the first three steps, but fell short on the fourth. I’m not making excuses here, but it became clear to me that I did not know what to do next.
I do not consider myself an accomplished, nor learned reader. I love to read, and discuss what I read, but I am not one that would join a book club. Therefore, I hesitated presenting the fourth step because it was not an actual review of the book. It was not my purpose to offer you any insight into the story. Nor was I making a recommendation on whether you should read this book.
If you have followed this blog, you now know that I am a fiction writer. My purpose for creating this site is purely selfish. I wish to learn about what makes a book an award winner. So that I may someday, present something of comparable value. To have an example of the level of work I should aspire to. Selfish, truly I am.
This now brings me back to my original purpose. I am now ready to complete the fourth step. Instead of calling the last step the “Final Review,” I will call it the “Book Study.”
In each book study, I will talk about how I saw the author effectively present his or her story according to the elements of fiction, such as plot, setting, characterization, point-of-view, theme, etc. In each study, it will be inevitable that you will find insight into the story, and quite possibly, a gushing comment or two, or three. It may even push you to want to go out and read the book. That would be a fringe benefit to you.
The true benefit of this is all for me. Just me.
Yes, selfish, old me.
The next post will be on How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff.