Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! I found this week’s theme really interesting: what does it mean if a book is ‘too good’ to review? That it’s too popular and everything’s already been said? That you couldn’t put your love of it into words? That reviews are supposed to be unbiased, and you’d have nothing balanced to say?
As someone who blogs almost exclusively about books, I’ve come across all of those challenges over the last two years–and I’ve come up with a few creative solutions to the problem. One is that I don’t review, I gush; exclusively about books I’ve adored, with the noted caveat that I will have nothing balanced to say–and I say nothing at all about books I didn’t enjoy. The other solutions for reviewing a book that’s ‘too good’ to review? See them below…
1. Breaking Down Easter Eggs in The Hunger Games and The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
How could I ever review a series that has me crying from page one? Well, I couldn’t–so I went one step further. Back when Ballad came out, I disappeared into a Hunger Games black hole, finding and breaking down every Easter egg I could find in Ballad for all three original Hunger Games books! (See my posts on The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and Mockingjay!)
2. Thoughtful Thursdays of Twilight and Midnight Sun by Stephenie Meyer
When I started this blog, I ran a Thoughtful Thursdays series: reeling off every thought that entered my head as I read each chapter of beloved old favourites. I went above and beyond after the release of Midnight Sun, blogging my thoughts on each chapter of Twilight and MS, in sync–you can see the results of that brain-draining experience here!
3. Thoughtful Thursdays on Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
Before I did Thoughtful Thursdays for Twilight, I did them for the first four books in the Harry Potter series. Just rereading these posts is enough to make me nostalgic for the books–you can see my thoughts on each chapter of Philosopher’s Stone, Chamber of Secrets, Prisoner of Azkaban, and Goblet of Fire!
4. Ranking my favourite of Cassandra Clare’s Shadowhunter books
Anticipating Cassie’s latest series had me thinking about all my old favourites of hers that I could not imagine being able to review. It was a special kind of masochism that had me ranking my favourites–and spoiler alert, you can already see my number one…
and finally, one I suspect I’ll never review:
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to reading this–I just haven’t read it yet because the hype around it is intimidating. Which is probably why, when I do eventually read it, I’ll be keeping every thought I have all to myself!
Do you find it easy to review old favourites?