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Review Project & Other Updates

Review Project & Other Updates

Well, I had a productive week finishing my first draft of my current main WIP, so now I’ve got a few days of spring break left to work on some other stuff, like my review project. But first:

  • Catch me on Lawrence Schoen’s Eating Authors feature, where I talk about haggis, the traditional Scottish dish so delicious that it’s literally illegal.
  • I’ve updated my author bio. I’m paying a lot of money to go to grad school so I might as well brag about it, right?
  • And I’ve updated my Goodreads author profile (also with that new bio), and I’m hoping to do a little more on Goodreads going forward aside from just keeping track of my reading progress. It has a couple of cool features for authors that I really should get more into using.

Now, back to the book reviews. I’m now caught up on my list of books from the past few months that I’ve been needing to write reviews for, so my next step is to copy over all of my other Goodreads reviews to Amazon. In the meantime, here’s a look at the books I tackled for this project and some excerpts from the reviews I wrote:

Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

“…Keiko is a relatable young woman who embodies a dichotomy of youthful uncertainty and driven passion to do what is right.”

(I’ll admit that I didn’t write as detailed of a review of this one as I wanted because it’s been too many months since I read it and I don’t remember enough of the details.)



Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Every Heart a Doorway is a poetic story about growing up in a world that does not make room for you, an especially poignant theme given the queer representation in the book.”

Through a Dark Glass by Barb Hendee

“The story takes care to show how Megan, too, changes as a person depending on the events of each scenario, which is probably the most compelling aspect of the book’s premise.”

Buffalo Solider by Maurice Broaddus

“While the story contains quite a bit of action, its shining moments are with the steampunk alternate history world-building, the mystery of the agents Desmond meets and the tension that arises as he tries to puzzle out their identities, motives, and possible benefits to his own goals, and the secret behind what makes Lij so important to these different groups hunting him down.”

The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang

“While the story is fantastical, action-packed, and romantic, perhaps its most compelling aspect is how it reflects upon the nature of grief and trauma, and how these feelings shape our relationships with other people, with our role in the world, and with our perceptions of ourselves.”

And, finally, a book that wasn’t on my backlist for review but that I actually finished this spring break:

Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“With a fun, creepy, high-action plot appropriately paced with moments of quiet, and imagery that is both modern and mythic, Certain Dark Things is a highly recommended read for those looking for a fresh revival of the urban vampire genre.”

The Spring Review Project

The Spring Review Project

I’m done with my grad school finals for this term, so now I’ve about a week and a half of spring break to look forward to. One of my goals is to finish drafting my WIP, but I’ve also had my mind on the topic of reviews recently, and I’d like to continue something I haven’t had a chance to work on since the end of summer.

Last summer, I was trying to commit more to leaving reviews on books that I read and enjoyed. I was pretty successful in that endeavor, but since the summer, I’ve fallen behind on that task. That means that I have a few books that I’ve read in the past year that I have not yet reviewed, and I’m hoping to catch up on those over the break. Thankfully, I think there’s only 5 books on that list, and 4 of them are novellas, so it shouldn’t be too much work.

I also typically only leave reviews on Goodreads rather than Amazon, just because I don’t spend a lot of time on Amazon. And although Goodreads is owned by Amazon, they don’t transfer over the Goodreads ratings to a book’s Amazon page for some reason, even though reviews are generally more useful to a book on Amazon than they are on Goodreads. So, my plan is to also go back over the Goodreads reviews I did write last year and duplicate them on Amazon. Then, ideally, for any books I read in the future I will write reviews more immediately after I finish them and post the reviews to both sites at the same time.

I’m not entirely sure how much of this I can get through in only a week and a half (especially considering that my drafting is first priority), but I know I can at least get a start on this. And, of course, if anyone is interested in joining me in increasing their book review efforts (especially for books that don’t have very many reviews on Amazon!), I highly recommend it.