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books are mirrors

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“Books are mirrors: You only see in them what you already have inside you.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

There are many ways to review books. You can follow the traditional three steps: provide a summary, write an evaluation, and end with a recommendation. You can use my RED CATS PIE and write about rhythm, enjoyment, diction, characters, atmosphere, themes, style, plot, interest, and ending. Or you can simply say what the heck the book made you feel or think about.

I like a structured mix of everything there. Whatever method I choose, I have to follow a map for it, you know that. And I have to think of a structure. That’s how my brain works, and I can’t change it nor want to (hehe). As I bring books back to the grid, I’m revisiting methods and structures to write my book reviews. I wanna remember what’s important about it and define how I wanna do it.

So, I have this idea: I’ll follow the three steps, but in the middle, I’ll allow myself to write freely with a little bit of method and a lot of heart and soul. I reckon that’s a good combination.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. What about that feeling, right? How can I put that heart and soul in a book review?

Well, if we agree with Zafón and believe that books are mirrors, for we only see in them what’s already inside of us, I know exactly how to pull this off in my case. I’m a writer. I have a writer’s mind, heart, and soul. That’s the part inside of me that brought you here and also what my whole content is imbued with. So, why not use it and write book reviews with a writer’s mind, too? Of course!

That’s what I wanna do, but the key is to use what you have inside of you. You can be a doctor, a lawyer, a student, a teacher, a young teenager just learning the power of reading, you can be a parent, a grandparent. Pick whatever belongs to you, and try to give a heart to your book reviews through that.

Also, by doing it here, you’ll bring your reader closer to your mirror, and they will see your reflection and maybe themselves there with you, too. And I believe that’s a good first step to build a solid friendship.

– 👊🏻 João

■ What part of you do you leave in your book reviews?

☕️ first shared on @beardbetweenthelines


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