In the Internet age, a lot of people consider books as a dying art form, especially as physical objects. One day I’m sure all books will be nothing more than just a bunch of words on a screen, but the stories created by talented authors will always live on no matter what form their work is written on. They have been around in one form or another for centuries and will definitely outlive anyone reading this blog post.
I do love to read and consume as much knowledge as I can, but I am guilty of sometimes wasting my time on the Internet as opposed to cracking open an actual book. My books of choice tend to be self-help books, reference books, autobiographies, and the occasional romance novel. It’s unfortunate there are so many more books out there than I could ever read even if I was given 10 lifetimes and more and more are getting published each and every year.
What this means is any reading selection is a big decision because you just can’t read everything. If you dedicate a week to reading an autobiography you might miss out on reading the next great science fiction novel. Sorting through what to read, especially now that Amazon offers hundreds of thousands of e-books is virtually impossible without some help, which is why recommendations from actual book lovers are extremely important.
It’s great if you have friends and family who love to read and can give you suggestions, but if they can’t help you have to turn to book review sites on the Internet. Luckily, I have a friend from Twitter who is knowledgeable about books and seems to always provide spot-on reviews of books I’m actually interested in reading.
She started a blog on Blogspot called The Raven Book Manor and I personally enjoy it. Her most recent review of the book P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han swayed me into giving it a shot since I did enjoy the first book To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before. I probably would have read it sooner had I even known the book existed.
That’s why book review sites are so great. They remind you of great works you meant to read as well as help you discover new books you would never have even given a chance.
I highly recommend you head over to her blog and subscribe so you can know whether or not you should invest your time and/or money on a book you see on the shelf.
Visit her site by clicking here or on the image below.