I have been thinking about book reviews and their importance, significance and relevance, for both readers and authors. I have also been working on designing a book cover which is why I’m going to ramble about these topics today.
Sisterland by Cathleen Shine was a book that perturbed me for a long time. I still want to know what happened next, after the protagonist moved away at the end of the story. I believe I may have left a review and mentioned it on social media in the past…
There was another book whose author and title escapes me at the moment, which left a deep mark on my psyche. I am still thinking about it despite having read it at least ten years ago, or longer. I wish I could remember but back then, I didn’t have social media, and I never thought of leaving reviews for the many books I devoured.
Premise: a widowed mom with two son’s takes in a boy from their school after the boy’s parents were arrested for sexually abusing him and other children. (There was a mental image seared into my head where the boy escaped to the vegetable garden to hide in a tepee, built as a climbing structure for green beans.)
A third book that still occupies me is The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. She tells a poignant rags to riches story which continues to preoccupy me to this day. (I believe it was made into a movie and I wonder if it follows the book closely. I almost hesitate watching the movie because I like the images the author’s words formed in my mind…will the movie enhance, or destroy those images? I’m always hesitant to mix the book with the movie…) I can’t remember if I reviewed the book or not…but that I can easily research after I click publish on this blog post.
This is not a comprehensive list of the books that have made a lasting impression on me, I just picked a few that popped into my head this morning. 🙂
I follow many bloggers who write and publish books. Many of them have done a tremendous amount of work post-publishing in order to get the word out via social media to let us know how to obtain a copy of their books. I have mentioned some of them here in my blog, and I will again. I see it in twitter and instagram mostly, and occasionally a blog post will also spread the word.
I’m in the process of reading some indie authors right now.
The latest book I loaded to kindle is The Smell of Cedar by River Dixon, a blogger I follow and who follows me. His blog posts focus mostly on poetry – gentle, sensual and sometimes somber poetry which evokes (in me) a sense of internal struggles, turmoil, and an elusive search for the meaning of life.
His book though… I’m reading it slowly because it’s quite disturbing. He describes in somewhat torrid detail the unraveling of a woman’s mental health with such intricate imagery, I keep telling myself it might be better to read this book during daylight hours instead of at night prior to falling asleep. 😳
I’m not done yet. I’m about 70% through…
What I wonder about you is this: do you always review every book you read, somewhere? Three are many places to leave reviews, from Amazon to Goodreads, even in social media…the question is, do you?
I have in the past and will again in the future. Sometimes though I need time to process before I can find the words to describe how I felt reading the book. Some writers have requested outright that I leave a review as soon as I finish reading their book, which I can appreciate, especially if it was their debut novel. If I haven’t left a review for you book, don’t despair, I will. I just want to make sure my words describe my feelings exactly, and sometimes, my words just don’t flow right.
Anyway. I have a related question about book covers.
Book covers (ebook and standard)
I’m designing an ebook cover for my erotic story. I have two samples that I really like when a friend suggested I layer the two images into one. He showed me what he meant and I loved the idea so much I started fooling around with this idea right away. I’m using Canva, the free version, to design this cover, but I’m stumped in how to make the edges blur so it doesn’t look like one square sits atop another.
I don’t have Photoshop, but I did discover that PowerPoint has some effects I can play with.
This fooling around with book covers though is taking precious time away from my editing and proofreading…and I wonder if I should just source this out.
Anyone have any tips about ebook cover design?
And so begins another Sunday in lockdown Toronto.
Feel free to distract me – I may pop in here to chat with you depending on how my focus is today.