Because Hamlet Puns Never Go Out of Style
And I really need to read Hamlet.
The point of this post, in case you haven’t gleaned it already, is for me to discuss why I review the books I read. I mean, why would I bother? There are so many people out there who read for pleasure and see no reason to spend their time and energy putting words down on paper or pressing the keys on a keyboard in order to save or share their thoughts. I will be doing this from two separate but overlapping perspectives.
II. When I review a book, I’m much more likely to remember it. See, I read a lot when I was in high school, and earlier. Most people would excuse me for having forgotten not only what I read, but the contents of these books. After all, this was several years ago.
I’m not happy with that.
I want to remember what I do or don’t enjoy, what the books are about, whether I think the hero or herione is worth anything to me. I want to remember what I thought was done well and why, and what I thought needed improvement and why. If I can remember the books, I think I’ll be less inclined to reread things, which is a good thing, because (while I enjoy rereading so much) it will save me time to read mostly things that I haven’t read before.
III. When I review a book, I can reference that review later. This is purely for documentation.A) I can go back and compare reviews and books. I can look at an old review when I’m looking at a new book and wondering if I should read it or mark it as “to-read.” As I’m trying to prune my TBR, this will hopefully be a good tool. But also, B), it will show me how I grow as a reader, a reviewer, and an analyst. I want to see how I grow as a person, and seeing how such a large part of me develops will be an interesting journey.
V. If I read and review regularly, it will keep me writing regularly. I write quite a bit for school, true, but this is a different, more casual type of writing. The style is still different than what I use in my creative writing, but at least I’m still writing. I’m still practicing. I’m honing my skills. Besides, Stephen King is right:
“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.”
I think that applies to reviewing to a lesser degree. But then, reviewing also encourages me to read more (non-textbooks), which is difficult with school in the way.