There are a couple of reasons why I want to start writing book reviews.
- I have the world's worst memory. So I can read a book (or listen to the audio book) and then totally forget what the book was about. How I felt reading it, what I learnt, if I would recommend it again etc.
- I think it could be fun to note down all the books I listen to or read from now on. Like I said, I have a bad memory and so I forget if I listened to the whole book or just the first chapter and got bored. I would like to keep tabs on what I finish and what I don't.
- I'm dyslexic so listening to books is a lot easier for me to process and to do rather than reading. I timed myself once and it takes around 4-5 mins for me to read a single page. I then often have to go back and re-read pages and paragraphs so reading takes me months. And because it takes me so long, it puts me off doing it more. And I tend to forget parts of the story from the beginning.
- I want to start to learn more. I want to learn about finance, relationships, spirituality, self development, biographies. I want to read the books that people talk about and feel like I can have a conversation about them. And for me, when I study something and then write about it, it sinks into my brain more.
- I love looking in book shops and deciding which books I would love to read, take photographs, then never read them. So I have installed an audiobook app and have a list of around 20 books that I'm dying to listen to, and now I can start to tick them off and write about them in the process.
- And finally, I think that if I commit to writing a blog post about each book that I read or listen to, it will keep me motivated to keep going. It will give me more drive to listen to books so that I can write about them here.
So, like I said, I have not read many books in the past. In fact, I could probably count them.
I have read The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest.. and I'm pretty sure I have read another couple.
And I have listened to Born a Crime, Unfuck Yourself, The 5 Love Languages and Behind Closed Doors.
I won't be writing about the books I have already read or listened to apart from The 5 Love Languages as I listened to it very recently and think I could start with that one, then go from there.
So, I'm not a huge book worm. I don't know how to review books properly. But let's give it a go!