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Ensis Reads is part personal blog, part book review site, part art gallery.

So you’ll see a few different types of posts here:

  • Ensis Reviews

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.

    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.

  • Writing Tips

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.

  • WordGames

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…

  • Miscellaneous

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.


And now for my disclosure…

This policy is valid from 19 April 2013

This blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. This blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation.

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