I made a decision …
It actually all started with the approach of Canadian Thanksgiving this past weekend. I’d been seeing all these gratitude posts on Facebook. You know me. I’m kinda cynical, kinda sarcastic. I see a gratitude post and hurry on by.
Thanksgiving was coming. And that got me thinking about what in my life I am grateful for (because I had to have something to say when we went around the dinner table), which in turn got me thinking about the kind of person I wanted to be.
And book reviews.
Don’t worry. I didn’t have a personality transplant. You’ll still find pretty much the same Tellulah here in cyberspace, with one small difference. I’m no longer reviewing books that get less than 3 stars from me.
See, when I first got on (addicted to) Goodreads, I rated and/or reviewed everything. Hate it, love it, meh it – didn’t matter. As an active reader it was my duty to share my “highly valued” opinion with the world. *snort* So done with that. There are a lot of books out there. And a lot of reviewers. My opinion doesn’t matter. Not really. And I don’t say that in a pitying way. Sure, some people have similar tastes to mine, and they might check in to see what I liked when trolling for their own reads. And for those people, I’m happy to pass on books that I’m enthusiastic about. But I don’t want to be part of the conversation around a book if I’m taking a negative viewpoint. I’ll quietly consume that read, then keep going. Reading and writing are such passions of mine that I’ve made the conscious decision to stay on the “happy passion” side, not the “hate with a fiery passion” part.
I write romantic comedy after all. Probably a good thing to stay in the happy. To that end, I’ve deleted all my 1 and 2 star reads on reviews on Goodreads and Booklikes. It’s 3 stars or more, darlings. And, of course, my best beloved reads here on my weekly Curl Up with a Good Book Sunday. It’s not about being a kinder, gentler, Tellulah, it’s about making the most of the energy that I do have.
My God, that sounded frighteningly new agey. Must go write some sassy banter, stat!
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