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Book Reviews

Book reviews are now a regular feature on this blog. If you are interested in having a book reviewed by me, please contact me at k.l.allendoerfer.author at gmail.com. The easiest way is to send an ebook.

Why book reviews?

I started out looking for more things to blog about. Then I met fellow bloggers who were also writing books, and read their work. I joined a Facebook group for Science Fiction and Fantasy Authors and in the second half of 2016, read two books a month for their promotional “King of the Hill” game. I participated in this game even though I don’t have a novel of my own ready to go yet because I find that the reading and review process is teaching me a lot about writing. It has also gotten me reading more regularly again. And, I like to read while traveling, on planes and trains and even in cars. The game ended with 2016, but it gave me the boost I was looking for.

Schedule and Policy

So I’ve decided to publish approximately one book review a week, on approximately Saturday of that week. Occasionally I might skip a week, or it might be a different day, but that’s my target schedule. I review books related to the themes of this blog: science fiction and eco-fiction, and non-fiction related to science, the environment, science education, and Unitarian-Universalism. (And geocaching. Anything about geocaching can fit (or can be made to fit ;-)) into science or environmental education). Some of these topics might venture into politics, and that’s okay, but no books supporting or bashing individual candidates or political parties, please.

Two of my favorite Word Press book review sites are Ajoobacats Blog and Nerdy Book Club. Ajoobacats has a great policy on reviews here, which I like, and mostly plan to follow myself, except that: 1. I don’t read as fast or as prolifically as she does; and 2. I rarely give out 5 stars, so I anticipate publishing primarily 3- and 4-star reviews. I might give a 1- or 2-star review on Amazon or Goodreads if I think there is value to making a particular point or warning readers, but my goal on this blog is not to be negative, rude, or make political points. Rather, I hope to learn something for myself about writing and critiquing, and I hope to provide honest feedback that can help other authors improve their work.

Reviews on my blog are also published on Amazon and Goodreads, and are shared on my Twitter and Google+ accounts.

Here are examples of books I have reviewed so far, and the kinds of reviews you can expect:

Science Fiction/Eco-fiction

Non-fiction

For a complete collection of reviews, click on “Book Reviews” in the word cloud, or for the Goodreads versions, on “see all of my reviews” at the bottom of a review post.

Reviewer Cat in Book Review Position
Reviewer Cat is ready to review more books!

 

 

5 thoughts on “Book Reviews”

  1. Hi K.L. This is interesting information. I’m not posting to any FB groups for readers, and I need to join those. I am blogging book reviews on Thursdays. I often do a guest review or pressed review to promote others’ reviews. I don’t think reviews get enough traffic by themselves. I’d love to post one of your reviews on my blog with your permission, and lots of links back, of course!:) 🙂

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      1. Since you’re a historian, I think you might like the book (and, I hope, the review of) Walden Warming. It’s a unique use of the historical documents of Thoreau’s journals to document the effects of the warming environment over 150 years.

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