Who doesn’t love a good book?
That’s the whole premise of our website. To find good a book and hold it up and say, “This is worth the read”. I’m sure there are a million sites that do this, but what makes this one unique?
Probably the biggest thing is that it’s not based on what’s currently being promoted. There may be new releases here from popular authors or debut authors, because we want to help find the next big thing, but there’s no monetary motive for either the author or the reviewer.
One thing you may notice is that my reviews are consistently positive. This is totally on purpose, but it’s something I struggle with. In other words, I work on a premise of, “If you don’t have something good to say, don’t say it”. This means that if I don’t like a book, I won’t review it.
How many times have you read a review by a big literary so-in-so that basically equated to, “This book sucks because…”? I don’t know about you, but most of the time it simply makes me think that the reviewer is simply a small and jealous person throwing rocks at someone who has poured their heart and soul into their own unique creation. In this case, who is it that really sucks?
I do read books that I don’t like. At least, some. Most of the time I set it down and walk away from it. I also realize that I might be walking away from it because I don’t fit into the audience for that book. It may be a great book that I simply don’t like. I’ll give you a prime example, Herman Melville’s Moby Dick. Try as I might I’ve never made it past the first chapter.
The problem in only reviewing books that I like is that there is no “counter” to my review. There is something wonderful about a good argument over whether a book is great or not.
I’d love to find a talented foil who is my polar opposite to “counter-review” the books I like and create some back and forth argument. Maybe we agree, maybe we disagree, but something that forces me to justify to a greater degree why it is that I like something. Even still, I want to avoid someone writing a counter-review just looking at it from the standpoint of “This sucks because Don said it was great”.
So I suppose I’m still looking around for my literary polar opposite. At this time, I shall proclaim their name to be, “Anti-Don”.
If you feel you are the Anti-Don, bent upon putting your literary mark of the beast on the forehead or hand of my reviews, drop me a line! It might be a match made in heaven!