Let’s Talk Bookish – Reviewing Books?

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August 12: Reviewing Books? (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

Prompts: What makes you want to review or not review a book? Do you review every book you read? Are some books harder to review than others? Do you review books you disliked? If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards? Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

Welcome to another week of LTB here at DTRH! Today’s topic is all about reviewing books and I know we definitely all have our own habits when it comes to this topic. Can’t wait to see what everyone else has to say, but for now here are my own thoughts!

Exciting covers, synopses, or just general hype around a book will make me want to review it. Nobody wants to review a book they don’t even want to read, so that’s definitely the thing that grabs my attention the most when deciding what to review. The more excited about a book I am, or the more I feel an opinion strongly about it, the easier it is I find to write the review.

Books that are boring or hard to finish often give me the hardest time. I want to give even these books a fair review, and try to say who might enjoy it, even if it’s not me. However, these take more energy to write than something I really enjoyed (or hated), as you might expect. Answering the next prompt, yes I have reviewed books I’ve hated. But, like I said, I do try and find an audience that it might appeal to, and offer it as a possibility. I don’t like condemning books just because I didn’t like them, because who knows, it may be someone’s cup of tea, so I always try to keep that as a caveat.

I feel a lot of my reviews are a bit ranty! Especially the ones for which I have a lot to say. I don’t usually regret it though, they are my thoughts after all. Even if my thoughts were to change afterwards, the thoughts I had at the time are still valid I think! For that reason I don’t go back and delete reviews, but I think it’s okay if people do that. The blog is your self expression, and you can choose to express and curate your image however you like!

Does any of y’all find that you try and soften your negative reviews by saying “someone” might like it? Or is that just me? Let me know in the comments below!

5 star

Review: Verity by Colleen Hoover

Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.

Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an unfinished autobiography Verity never intended for anyone to read. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.

Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.

A couple of people have recommended this one to me and boy did it not disappoint. I had no expectations going in and honestly I didn’t even know it was a thriller until I started it. Overall it was a fantastic surprise and I can say it really was one of the best (or at least most exciting) thrillers I’ve read in a while, that really elicited some emotional reactions.

Verity is a story of a struggling thriller writer who is suddenly whisked away to write for a an author (Verity) renowned for writing thrillers from the perspective of the villain. Our protagonist, Lowen, arrives at Verity’s house to do research for the upcoming writing projects, but the home is the site of many recent tragedies, including the death of their twin daughters followed by Verity’s accident, leaving her unable to finish writing her series. Lowen finds Verity’s autobiography, detailing the events of meeting her husband and even through the deaths of her children, hidden away in her office. The house gives Lowen an eerie feeling, and maybe or good reason. Just what happened with Verity, and is there something much more sinister lurking behind each corner? What is the truth, and do we really want to know what it is?

The characters were all great in this book. Honestly I found most of them at least some base level of despicable. However, it was still written in such a way that I really enjoyed reading and I struggled to put it down (though I did, explained later). Usually in a book where I can’t really relate to any character or “get behind” their perspective, I usually don’t enjoy the book. However, the characters in this novel were all flawed in believable ways, and it just made me feel like an innocent bystander who couldn’t help but watch the train wreck unfold. For a thriller, we got a lot of time to dive deep into many of the characters because of the nature of having the autobiography retelling everything. This was definitely unique to the book and I really enjoyed the dual perspectives.

The plot was very good. I was instantly enraptured and it was really hard to put it down, because I just needed to know the ending or at least discover what the truth was. The suspense was extremely well executed. Just enough paranoia, mixed with the protagonist’s sleepwalking history, mixed with the accident-prone family, and the fact that the deal was too good to be true really had me suspicious from the very start. The book really leads you down a path which seems normal at first but with each page becomes more of a shocking horror. Kudos to the author for genuinely spooking me with this book (in a good way!)

The ending was also phenomenal. One of the best thriller endings I have ever read to be honest. On the spectrum of too much left hanging versus everything tied up too well, it reached a very very happy medium. Overall it just really baffled my mind and was a type of ending that I really didn’t see coming. The author really took the train of thought I had and then turned it around halfway and jammed it onto itself–can you tell I was really affected by it? Anyway, I wouldn’t want to spoil the ending, but I really felt that it added a whole extra level of horror that I haven’t experienced in a while.

Overall Recommendations

Verity is a suspenseful thriller novel revolving around a struggling writer, Lowen, who gets asked to finish a famous series of thrillers written in the perspective of the villain. As Lowen enters into the headspace of the original author, Verity, especially by reading her unpublished autobiography, dark things begin to become clear. What is the truth behind the tragedies in Verity’s life and is it more sinister than what it appears to be? Find out in this exciting thriller that you won’t want to put down!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Memorable Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I don’t know about you, but I feel the summer months have just been flying by so quickly. I barely have time to do much here with you all, but I try to never miss out on a TTT. This week’s topic was about hilarious titles, but I’m not one to read a lot of funny things (also, I think my sense of humour is super specific?) so I have tweaked the topic to memorable titles (that may or may not be funny in some people’s eyes).

If you laughed or at least smiled at any of these titles, please give a thumbs up or something in the comments below! It’d totally make my day 🙂

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