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How Do You Write a Review?

After more than four years, I found that I mostly post about book reviews in this blog.

The reason to that, I think, is because I love to read and I like to share what I’ve read.

I use to discuss the book that I read with my sisters. Especially if we all have read the book and found it interesting, or when I read a book and I want them to read it, either for the knowledge or nice stories in it I thought they should know.

We could spent hours to discuss a book. About how the story goes (how surprising, or how we disagree), about the characters in the book (how we love or hate them), about how true some of the wisdom that lies in it, how we learn from the book, how we amaze of how the writer comes up with such ideas and put them into words.

One thing that I know would make me like a book and wanting to discuss about it is how it make me feel. That is what my review is mostly about too.

I’m not an expert of how to write a good review. What should or should not be in it. I don’t know that much about technicality as some other people do. What a good book should, technically, consist of. I might not even read as many books as some avid readers do, to have a masive insight and comparison or knowledge about genres and stuff (see, I don’t even know what to name it).

I just write a review based on how I feel about the book (or film, or place, or event). Any detailed that follows is to describe the feeling.

There are books that open my eyes, shaking my minds with some new point of views that I never thought before. There are books telling me some stuff I’ve heard before with some different kind of ways. There are books that make me understand things better or completed my previous knowledge; connecting the dots. There are books that open up my imagination, bring me to places I’ve never been. Books that make me laugh and cry, inspired and motivated.

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I’m pretty easy to please. I might dislike a book, but, so far, never hate it. I always try to finish what I started to read, no matter how boring it may be. In most of the cases I eventually enjoy the book or got something from it. So, yes, I believe that we should give books a chance like we should give people chances to show the good side of them.

It is more challenging, however, to write a review than simply discuss it with my sisters. The review is in english, first of all. Then, I need to find the right words to describe some of the many things I want to share, in one single post (instead of bubbling every now and then about random pieces of the book). And the hardest part is: I should watch out for spoilers! ;D

That is why, I didn’t write reviews as much as I read. But I’m planning to write more.

I think sharing what you’ve read is helping you to have a better memory and understanding about it. It’s also a good practice to express your thought.

How about you? How do you review a book? What do you think should or should not be in it?

I would also like to hear your opinion about the reviews I’ve wrote so far. The comment box is open for you. Thanks! :)

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I Just Want to Write

Let’s see… The problem with keeping this blog updated is always about “what to write” and “how to write it” problem. It’s between I have no idea what should I write about or how I’m to afraid of being imperfect.

Whether the topic is not interesting or important enough, grammar or spelling mistakes, boring even wrong choice of words, etc.

So, this time, I will try to lower my standard of “quality” and put quantity as a priority. Hopefully that way, we will see more post this year than last year. Maybe not so “amazing” post but maybe it would not be that bad either. I mean who knows. I think there’s a great possibility that some great posts will arise from these random quantity-prioritized posts I’m going to write.

There’s definitely a better chance for it than if let’s say I only write four or five posts in a year.

My first post here is about the reason I created this blog in the first place. I hope this “strategy” could also fulfill those reasons. But whatever that is, by the end of the day, I just want to write.

What do you think about my “strategy”? Do you have your own your tips on keep blogging?

It would be nice if you share it in the comment 😀

Hello World!

I’ve been wanting to have a blog since too many times ago.  I’m having a journal and have been writing on it for years now, but still don’t have any courage to start a blog.

Fear.  I do think that is the basic reason why I don’t have a blog.  That basic reason then creates the excuses I made to assure myself why ‘I can’t’ write a blog.  The excuses like:  I don’t know what to write, I’m not sure how to write it, it just too personal, it’s not a public material, I have no important or interesting thing to share, I prefer a book and a pen to do my writings, I don’t have time to edit the posts before publishing it, etc.

The fact is, I’m just not brave enough.

Writing a blog means putting myself  ‘out there’.  Letting people know a little more about me, to judge my writing, from what I’m writing about, how I’m writing it, spelling mistakes, gramatical errors till what kind of person I am.  It’s always been hard for me to open myself to other people.  I carefully choose what to share even with the closest person in my life. So writing a blog is sort of out of the question.

Then why do I even think about it? Why I’ve been wanting to have one and even the fear can’t stop me from wanting it?

There are some reasons why I want to have a blog, here are some of them:

–    I want to share

–    I want to help people, inspire them

–    I want to keep thinking, keep my head active

–     I want to keep in touch with my feelings

–    I want to care more, pay more attention on things around me

–    I want to discuss stuff with more people

–    I want to get to know more about myself and my passion

–    I want to practice my writings, improve it

–    I want to face my fears (of making mistakes, of sharing with others, etc)

–    I want to make this as one of my legacy

Some of them I can fulfill by writing a journal, some of them don’t.  There’s also a different level of fulfillment that I can only get by writing a blog.

My father once told me,

“If you were to scared to do it for your self, then do it for other people, think about how it could help them.”

I think the point is to find a greater reason than any of my fears.

I have my reasons.  So now let’s face the fear. Once step at the time.  Start with this first post.

Hello world! :)