In the course of raising money to expand our library, reading as much as I can and getting ready for my daughter's wedding, I have neglected this blog for quite a while. Well, things are settling down, I am still doing all of the above, but I have been trying to carve out the time to write reviews or comments about the books that I really enjoy reading.
I think it is so important to spread the word about authors we enjoy. I follow quite a few of my favorites on Facebook and I am getting a picture of how much effort goes into writing, editing and getting their books out to the public. I see on FB that they have re-writes and publisher meetings, cover decisions and so much work that has to be done before we readers get the book.
So many times I have read a book and really enjoyed it. I usually go into the library and tell other people about it and add it to the order list if it isn't already there. The nice thing about blogging is that I can share my opinion with more people. I usually use the same review I have given to Amazon, B&N, Goodreads and Librarything. I am always thrilled when I get feedback that my review was helpful to someone or an author liked my review. I enjoy that as much as when a patron tells me that they really enjoyed a book I recommended.
If you are reading this blog and you are reading a book you enjoy, please go to one of online sites and give it 4-5 stars and maybe even a line or three about why you liked the book. By doing so, you help make sure that the author you enjoyed can get future books published. I am going to devote time every week to do the same so I can continue to escape into my favorite fictional places .