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Why Did You Read That Book?

​I know that every book isn’t for every reader.  We all have books that fall into our own wheelhouse and more that are just not for us.  When I come across a book that’s just not for me, I move on.  My mother always used to say, “If you don’t have something nice to say, shut the f*ck up.”  Well, maybe not in those exact words, but you get the drift.

All of the bad reviews on decent books baffles me.  Did you read the synopsis?  Why did you think that you were going to like it?  You gave books one and two in the series a one star review, why are you reading book three?  There are too many good books out there to waste time on the ones that just aren’t for me.

Sometimes I think that some people just want to be negative.  I don’t get it.  Fighting with strangers in a public forum, putting others down for enjoying a story of fiction that they themselves did not like.

Ask yourself the question:  If the world ends tomorrow, is this the last book I want to read?  Reading is entertainment, a diversion, ENJOYABLE.  Now, go and find a good book to read!

Bucket List

The more time I spend in this wonderful world of reading, the more I read, and the more I am introduced to authors that I want/should read.  Really, it is a vicious circle.  I thought that it would be fun to put together a bucket list of the authors that I haven’t read yet.  But with all of the genres that I read, my list became unmanageable, too many books, too little time.  So this bucket list consists of the horror authors who are well-established, the classics, if you will.

1 – H.P. Lovecraft – That’s right.  I haven’t read Lovecraft.  I hear all over the place Lovecraft this, Lovecraft that, that’s so Lovecraftian.  A few years back, I purchased The Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft, although, I have my suspicions that the “complete” may be a bit of an exaggeration.  I’ll read it just as soon as I can find the time. 

2 & 3 – Bram Stoker & Mary Shelley – These two are as classic as classic can get.  It’s difficult to think of two more important horror authors.  Each one brought their own iconic monster of horror to life.  I know their stories, everyone is familiar with their stories, but I still feel like I should read them.

4 – Ira Levin – Is there anything more evil than Rosemary’s Baby?  Some of my favorite horror is when you bring in religion; there is something more tangible when the story is built off of an ingrained belief system.

5 – Richard Matheson – I saw the movies, both were terrifying in their own way.  I want to read the provenance that spawned  The Last Man on Earth  and  I Am Legend.

6 – Peter Straub – When I see his bibliography, hear the way other readers talk about him and notice the collaborators that have worked with Straub, I know that there must be something special there.

7 – Robert McCammon – Anytime the name Robert McCammon comes up, people sing his praises.  I just need the time to find out what all of the hype is about.

8 – William W. Johnstone – With the plethora of books, I can only assume that William W. Johnstone knew how to tell a great story.

9 – Graham Masterton – I love the sound of his books; the synopses really grab my attention.  I want to experience his work.

10 – Richard Laymon – Some of the extreme horror that I have read has led me to Richard Laymon.  He seems to have been such an inspiration.  I feel like I need to experience his writing for myself.

I’m sure that there are many more that I have missed.  Whatever I choose to read, I can only hope that I have a great time and that they live up to my expectations.

Why Would I Want to Read That Book?

 ​​My wife and I share our website, she reads romance, I don’t (actually, sometimes I do).  Whenever a review request comes in we both say the same thing, “I hope it’s for you.”  As a blogger, I find it sad that I hope that the author contacting us doesn’t want me to read their book.

The reason for this is the sheer volume of review requests that have absolutely nothing to do with the books that either of us read.  We’re not the only ones who feel this way; how many reviewers are “not accepting review requests”?

I would venture to say that the authors who copy and paste to as many reviewers as possible are doing all authors an injustice.  I understand the monster that has been created for authors and the need for reviews in exchange for advertising credits, but for God’s sake, work smart, not hard.

Spend some time figuring out which reviewers enjoy the same books you do.  Who is reading and reviewing your “competition’s” books?  Why would a reviewer want to read your book if you don’t write the type of book that they enjoy?  A better question is, why would you want a review from someone who doesn’t enjoy the type of book that you have written?

You know how many reviews you need.  Find the reviewers that you have common reading interests with, get to know them.  Give them the attention and the promotion that you want from them; when you release your next book, you’ll have all the reviews you need.