I read. A lot. (Really, Syl? Who would have guessed?)
I don't just read books; I read forums, websites, Twitter links, and blogs. I'm always on the look-out for more avenues to feed my reading addiction. I also search for the top review blogs and analyze them to help improve my reviwing skills. I created an account on Technorati and started combing through their lists of top blogs by category.
Recently, I've become a fan of Crazy For Books, brainchild of Jennifer, a thirty-something blogger from New York state. Jennifer is the creator of the Book Blogger Hop. Similar to Follow Fridays on Twitter, the Blogger Hop runs from Friday to Monday and offers book bloggers a chance to connect with each other.
One of the features of the Blogger Hop is a weekly question related to books and/or blogging. This week, the question is: "When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"
This is a timely question for me, since I'm in the process of writing a review for a book I loathed. I forced myself to read the majority of the book but, when I got to an especially graphic, offensive, and gratuitous scene, I finally gave up and skipped to the end of the book to see if the primary antagonist was who I thought it would be. (She was.)
I've been debating whether or not to publish this review, which is why it's taking so long for the review to appear here. When I started The Muse Reviews, I made a promise to myself - and my readers - to read all the books, see all the movies, and use all the products I review so I could give an informed opinion. I didn't want to be one of those reviewers that bases a review on reading a press release or visiting a website that discusses the product. If I didn't finish the book, how can I say I kept that promise?
I'm still figuring out how to cope. I don't imagine I will love ever book, movie, or product I review, but I the decisions I make now will affect The Muse Reviews in the future. One of the stipulations of participating in the Blogger Hop is to visit other blogs and network. I think I'll see how my fellow bloggers have handled this situation.
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