Saturday, April 7, 2012

A Reviewer's Thoughts

Woo Hoo!  Its finally here!  My first official post as a Sweet N Sexy Diva.  I'm sure that most of yall are wondering what I'm doing on the blog.  Well, Tina had an open call for more divas and I answered the call.  To my utter amazement, Tina said sure and welcome aboard.  A reviewer would be different to have as a Sweet N Sexy Diva.  Something new and different.  Oh and can I review a book once a month and post it?  Sure, you bet I can. 

For some of you that don't know who I am, my name is Marika Weber.  I'm the owner of Harlie's Books, a review blog.  I used to review for The Romance Studio, Night Owl Reviews and several other sites.  I decided that I couldn't keep up with my own blog and review for everyone else.  So now, I only review on my blog.  When I made the decision, I felt cleansed in some ways.  Its hard work to review and then post the review on deadline for the sites.  Then, I had my own reviews to do and post.  And I do all of this for no money. 

For almost a year, I didn't read anything that I truly wanted to read for my own pleasure.  It was all for review.  I missed reading my own books and authors that I kept up with.  For example, I'm so far behind on the Brotherhood series by JR Ward that I may never catch up.  I've missed some debut novels from authors that I followed on other blogs, Facebook and Twitter.  I shamed myself the other day when I realized that JD Tyler is Jo Davis.  Jo Davis wrote one of the hottest firefighter series around and now she is writing paranormal.  I also missed Nora Roberts new series (have the book), still have her Wedding Series to finish, too.  Trying to catch up has been a chore but I'll eventually get there. 

I miss the joy of reading sometimes.  I realize that most of you probably think that is weird coming from a book reviewer but it is.  When I review, yes I do read the book but I read it from completely different angle.  I look for continuity, fluidity, content, did I connect with the characters, did I even like the characters and pacing.  I'm not a reviewer that looks for grammar, spelling and to see if on one page the eyes are blue and then the next chapter they're green.  That's an editor/proofreader's job, not mine. 

If you have ever read one my reviews or have been reviewed by me, you know I don't do spoilers.  Have you ever had one of your books reviewed and the reviewer completely spoiled it for the reader?  Oooo that just pisses me off!  Honestly, I have books that I are on my Nook that I never read because I read a review and before it was too late, the reviewer spoiled the whole book.  Needless to say, I don't go to that review site anymore.  :)

So in closing (sounds formal, doesn't it?), this me somewhat in a nutshell.  As my grandmother used to say, "Peel an onion, there are many layers."  I really have more to say but my time is short and I'm sure that most of yall are asleep by now.  If you want to get in touch, I'll leave my linkage at the bottom. 

I want to thank Tina again and don't worry about me posting a review...at least not yet.  Come back next month and I will bore you with what (sub) genres I think are over done/tired and just getting boring.  As a reviewer of most anything, there are alot right now.  See you on the 7th next month.

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Liz said...

yay Marika!!! welcome to the Divas!

Mrs Condit said...

Great post! I'll be following you at SNSD!

Tina Donahue said...

Welcome, Marika!! So glad to have you here. Can't wait to read your reviews. :)

Harlie Reader said...

Thanks Liz. I'm honored to be here.

Hey Becky! Thanks for the support.

Tina...I am truly honored and don't worry, I will post a review soon.

Pam said...

How sad not to read for the pure pleasure of the story. If I had to read a book just to review it, I don't think I could enjoy the book as much. I look forward to reading your reviews.

flchen1 said...

Woot! Hi, Marika!!! Glad you're one of the Divas now--I'll more even more reason to pop by to visit here :)

I think what you described is one reason I don't review for others; I have a hard time articulating my thoughts about a book as it is, and to HAVE to do it for books I HAVE to read... I'm afraid it would take some of the pleasure out of the reading for me. But I am so thankful to you and other good reviewers who take the time to do it!

Anonymous said...

I understand about not always being able to enjoy the book when you review, but I hope you still find pleasure in turning the last page of a great great story. Can't wait to see what you review first!

Paula (aka Coretta)

Maggie O'Malley said...

Congrats on becoming a diva. You'll be a great addition.

Tim Smith said...

Welcome, Marika, from one of the guys in the henhouse LOL. This is a great group and I look forward to your posts

I concur with what you said because I also review for a site. Pleasure reading? What's that? My table is piled with books I want to read for my own enjoyment but can't seem to get to.

Cynthia D'Alba said...

Good luck with your new gig, Marika! I'm sure you'll do a fabulous job here!

Brenda said...

YAY, you're a Diva. How does it feel? I hope one day I'm a Diva.

I know exactly what you mean about some reviews spoiling the book. I have read reviews where the reviewer tells all about the book so there is no reason for me to purchase and read the book--because I already know what happens.

DiDi said...

Great post, and I totally get what you mean about reading just to read =)

Harlie Reader said...

Thanks Pam. :)

Harlie Reader said...

Fe...sometimes when I read a book for review the words don't come out as easily as you would think. Sometimes, I have to wait a few days to actually write the review.

Thanks Paula, Maggie and Cynthia. I hope I don't make a poor showing.

Tim---Hen house! You crack me up. :)

Brenda...I could write a whole post on NOT spoiling a book.

Didi...amen sister. Don't get me wrong, I love the books that I review but what I review and what I actually read for pleasure are completely different.

Author Nikki Prince said...

Great post Marika!


Toni Kelly said...

Looking forward to reading more of your posts, Marika. I've read your reviews and thoroughly enjoyed them although I could see how you'd miss the pleasure of reading at times. Great post and read you next month.

Tempeste O'Riley said...

Congratulations and it looks like you're in good company here, dear. Happy Diva'ing (and yes, I know that's not a word ;) )

Ella Quinn said...

Good luck with your new gig, Marika

Natasha Moore said...

Hi Marika! Great post. Have fun as a Diva :)

Stormie Kent said...

Hi Marika,
Nice post. I'm looking forward to reading your monthly review.