Jul 19, 2015

Article: What Matters Is The Story


Last year I reviewed four or five books per week. Because I was blogging I started reading less. I didn't know what caused it. I loved the books I was reading, but it took me so much longer to finish them. I needed novellas to keep the book part of my blog more active, because it took me forever to finish full length novels. When one day I looked on Goodreads at the kind of books I was reading I noticed they were all of the same genre. I realized immediately that that was the reason for my reading pace to slow down. Apparently I need variety and a lot of it. Now I'm reading six or seven and sometimes even eight books per week again and I'm so much happier.

The variety of books I'm reading and reviewing is teaching me a lot. I'm reading best sellers from big publishers, small almost unnoticed books from fantastic pioneer publishers and self published books. I read almost anything with a good story. If I love it then I'm happy. I've discovered that good stories don't necessarily have to be the ones that are the most popular. I'm looking for something great anywhere. I have some favorite quirky publishers who are letting me review, but I also try to get the newest books from my favorite authors. 

A quality story can be found anywhere. It's not something that requires a big budget and a large publisher. It can also be a self published book that's moving me to tears. It's why I don't have any rules when it comes to review books that I'm accepting. I'm critical, I carefully choose. The selection process is already such a great joy for me. I can look forward to release dates, but they are not the most important to me. What matters is the story and the story alone. I admire anyone who manages to tell me a beautiful tale. I like to be enchanted, to cry, to be angry or to be frustrated, but also to be cheering, to be happy and to be dancing with joy. If an author can make me feel like that they've made my day. 

Reading so many books has made me eager to read more. I'm devouring the stories again. There's so much I want to read and my curiosity is endless. I've been blogging for a year and a half now and it's broadened my horizons. Sometimes I'm reading out of my comfort zone and it's something I like a lot. I want to discover, I want to feel, I want to breathe words instead of oxygen. Reading is what keeps me going and I want to thank all the wonderful authors who are making that happen.

4 comments:

  1. Couldn't agree more! I fee llike it's so important to be moved by a story, in any way possible. And every time I've read out of my comfortzone lately, I ended up finding new personal favorites!

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  2. What a lovely post, Suze! I discovered the same thing when I first read books on Kindle. I'd read anything and everything - all kinds of books I'd never thought of reading before. And, like Eline, I found lots of new favourite authors! x

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  3. There's a wonderful quote from Isaac Asimov "Writing, for me, is simply thinking through my fingers." Says it all really, doesn't it?

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  4. Such a wonderful post and I agree. I love to read and I have such an eclectic taste. It's fun to read and also an escapism. x

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