Ensis Reads is part personal blog, part book review site, part art gallery.
So you’ll see a few different types of posts here:
I review things a little differently than most. Numbers and stars are meaningless in an art form like a novel, so I leave them out. I also like to dissect and analyze things—something you’ll notice before too long—so whenever I see something I like, I try to pick it apart and find out why I like it so much. Same goes for stuff I DON’T like, but I try to give my blog a positive focus, so… Yeah.
- FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Most often this is a review of the sample I download on my eReader. And keep in mind, the sample of anything is meant to make you want to buy the product.
So that’s where I start—I pick up a lot more books than I finish, and I began to wonder why. Turns out, it’s pretty much common industry knowledge that a book’s gotta rock the first chapter to get anyone to read it.
So when I open any new book I seriously consider reading I critique the first few pages and have a look at what works, what doesn’t, and what I would do differently.
Now if I finish the book, I’ll do one of these and talk about the book as a whole and how I appreciated it. If you don’t see a FOLLOWUP review, it means the book didn’t hold my interest, or I found something that made me not want to read it.
I also do Features like INDIE WENDESDAY, FRUGAL FRIDAY, SPOTLIGHT NON-FICTION, etc. Sometimes I make them up as I go.
The main reason I review books is to help myself and others appreciate the art and craft of writing. I focus on beginnings because they’re so important to hooking readers.
I value storytelling above all else—including media. This means that I don’t care whether the story is a movie, book, video-game, or smeared feces on an outhouse wall–as long as it’s a good story, I’m down.
I tend to like plot-driven stories with a heavy character focus.
…And I don’t read in one genre—it actually kind of disgusts me to see a whole lot of books that are, “Like X, but…” (You know, the industry standard formula for publishing books?) A big exception to this is when a book is meant to be a commentary on the genre or a response to a specific work. Kind of like “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis.
Here’s where I discuss what I’ve found makes works of fiction great, and some of the established good practices for crafting narrative. I also try to post on and keep abreast of relevant issues in the writing world–twitter events, writing class reviews, cool stuff. Anything that can help writers or readers, when I have something to weigh in on.
This is where I’ll create a fill-in-the-blank stories you can complete to hilarious effect. Download them and share them with your friends! A great way to learn the parts of English! Sometimes there are even prizes…
This is where I post random musings and most of my drawings. These don’t usually have a category like my other posts.
So follow my blog for all this and more!
I love hearing from readers and writers, so don’t hesitate to leave me comments or email me!
*Also, a special note: I know you can’t review a whole book by reading a sample. That’s not what I’m intending here. But that’s why I critique the first part—if that’s got issues, who’s going to continue reading it? Few, that’s who.
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