I find writing book reviews to be a difficult endeavor. I certainly don’t want to use the book review forum as an opportunity to show the reader how clever I am, as some do. Along those lines, I find it difficult to pick apart books, not because I have nothing to say about craft, but because I understand the amount of work it takes to create something where there was once nothing. I don’t want to nitpick or cut down the writer’s work.
So, I’m probably not a great book reviewer.
There are plenty of books to dislike, of course, but I’ll leave that to you to discover on your own. My purpose is to prop up the books I really like a lot.
And because time is always the enemy, I’ll stick to mostly reviewing books that are written by authors I know. Where’s the objectivity? Well, there isn’t any. I’m selecting these books because my friends wrote them and I think they’re actually quite good.
- Lion, Lion, by Miriam Busch. Illustrated by Larry Day.
- Worm Loves Worm, by JJ Austrian. Illustrated by Mike Curato.
- Assassin’s Heart, by Sarah Ahiers.
- How to Eat an Airplane, by Peter Pearson. Illustrated by Mircea Catusanu.
- No Parking at the End Times, by Bryan Bliss.