THAT BOOK YOU JUST READ? WRITE A BOOK REVIEW! (HERE’S HOW)
REVIEW THAT BOOK!
Most of us finish a book and put it aside, perhaps with a cursory comment to a spouse or companion: “Great story! Interesting characters. Learned a lot.” Few ever think of writing a book review, let alone posting one.
But readers and writers are a community. We join book clubs, we talk about books at mealtime, we ask strangers on the plane what they think of the book they’re reading. And today, that community of readers and writers is electronic and global. So going to sites like Amazon or Goodreads, and posting a book review – which is really just your reaction to the book – simply provides that feedback to distant members of our virtual community.
It’s also a way of providing feedback and encouragement to the author. Even a negative book review is useful. Authors learn what works by discovering what didn’t work. (Alert: I’ll have more to say about this point in a couple of weeks.)
BUT I DON’T KNOW HOW TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW!
Sure you do. You already know what you think about the book, and I’m going to give you a form that will help you get your thoughts down on the page. And remember: you don’t have to write a PhD thesis about the book. A book review can be just a paragraph or two – four to 10 sentences – and you should be able to do it in about 10 minutes. You’re simply helping other readers by telling them what you think about the book, just as if you were sitting and talking to them. How hard is that?
The form is here. Go get ‘em!
And here’s a story about how rewarding your comments can be to an author.
b. sienicka-Lemmon: an artist of the sea
One of the great joys of The Green Interview is the people we get to meet – the interviewees, of course, but also the people who find their way to the site and respond to the interviews. One of our subscribers is an artist named B. Sieniecka-Lemmon , who wrote me:
I just finished your interview with Boris Worm. It is stimulating, hopeful, and generous in further resources for ocean literacy. Your book The Living Beach was the last body of work through which I experienced a sense of the ocean in a wholistic and reverent way. This possibly articulated my magnetic draw to live near the ocean and even hinted at my inexplicable sense of connection to your continuing work.
Your interview with Boris Worm gave me an impetus for my own work, which being esoteric in nature pivots around the spiritual aspect of Nature. It is said that all nature can thrive when we focus our appreciation on it. It seems so ineffectual, and yet when we disconnected from Nature we withdrew our focus and our attention, and the result is our current situation. There’s more that can be said, but suffice it to say that I meditate and keep my focus on the waters within and the waters that surround me.
This love of the ocean was referred to in your interview and permeated my overall feel for it.
As a small token of my thanks, I’m adding one of my works, “Sisters of the Sea” to share.
A SECOND IMAGE: ORCASTRA
When I asked if I might incorporate her remarks in a blog post, she said she was delighted. What’s more, she also sent along a second image entitled “Orcastra,” commemorating a rare sighting of orcas in the Bay of Fundy. She noted that “I love communicating through my work.”
I also love communicating through her work – so here are the images. Enjoy!