That makes it sound more impressive than it really is and probably more organized too.
When I decided to extend my author page and my publishing efforts to include both Motley Readers and Motley Writers, all I was really thinking of was my love of reading and writing, words, and language, and that magical transportation happens between the page and my mind.
On this site, I will be sharing the books I read and what I think of them in an honest and forthright manner. There will be a “Spoiler” button on each review that you can click if you want to know something about the plot or characters. If you don’t want anything ruined for you, simply don’t click that button.
I’m not an expert editor and I’m sure I miss my share of typos and run away commas, so my book reviews are probably not going to have too much about that. I am very interested in how language word choice makes the reader feel and experience what’s going on in the book better. Pace, tension, lyrical flow. Hopefully, I don’t go on about it too much and bore people here.
So what is the Motley Method of book reviewing?
1 – Examine the Cover, Blurb, and Other Non-Story Stuff
Yes, I do judge books by their covers. If you want to know a secret, pretty much everyone else does too. I’m not an expert graphic designer. I’m one of those crazy self-published authors who designs her own covers, however. I put in a lot of time learning about it online and have some help from professional designers too.
People also judge a book by the description on Amazon or other websites, the blurb on the back of your book, and the other stuff inside.
2 – Read the Book and Take Notes
This step seems obvious to me. There may be times when I do not finish a book that I start reading because it is boring or so poorly written that I can’t sink into the story.
3 – Write the Spoiler Bit
Everything other than generalities about the plot, specific characters, conflicts, and resolutions will be hidden by the spoiler button that will look like this:
4 – Write the Non-Spoiler Bit
I promised to be very careful about including anything that could be considered a spoiler in the non-spoiler bit of the book reviews I write. I don’t want to ruin anything for anybody. However, there will be a bit of vague plot referencing going on and some basic information about characters as it pertains to how much I like them or not.
See? The method really isn’t much of a method after all. It is probably the same type of thing that most people do when they write book reviews. Hopefully, you find mine entertaining and I can help you find interesting books that you want to read for yourself. I also hope I can help you avoid horrible ones that should probably not have been published.
I’m currently beta reading a book that I will not be reviewing because it is not published yet. I shall be picking out my first book to review later today and will have to review some time for you next week. Reading fast is awesome.