“Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.”
Most of us love reading literature. Be it magazines, tabloids, or books. Literature provides us entertainment in a form quite unlike a T.V or Video-Games can offer.
Books are a personal favorite of many – out of the various literary modes. They elevate us to a level where we start using the eyes of the mind to trigger the imagery, the scenes, the characters and dwell in the pages until we complete it. Some of the reads stay with us long after we have read them, while some don’t interest us as much as others. Isn’t it? Most of us pick them sometimes either on an impulse or go with the trend or most likely after going through the reviews.
Ah! The last word ‘review’ is what this write-up is all about. Yes, I take a lot of time to review the books which the authors send across to me. Usually, it ranges from 2-5 days, but lately, a couple of times I have overshot the deadline by more than a month. If a book is based on mythology then it is sure to be delayed! Not that I do it deliberately, but because I believe in reading a book, researching a little on the other works of the writer, and then analyzing it in a favourable atmosphere with the right frame of mind.
I believe that the following factors can negatively influence the verdict of a reviewer :
- Mood swings
- Emotional baggage
- Overload of chores
- Meeting deadlines
- Lack of motivation and much more such factors
Books are the result of a writer’s imagination, observations, creativity, ambition, aspiration, efforts, passion, time, and of course money! They write so that we can be entertained and stimulate our thought process. As so many factors are detrimental to writing a review, I usually refrain from writing even if any one of the negative factors is bothering me. I feel that we have a moral obligation as a reviewer to give an unbiased and honest opinion about the books we read. Because of this I hardly complete one book in a week. As I type this, there are some 4-5 books that are lying around me to be reviewed though I have completed reading them long back! And my friends have often complained that I neither know to work smartly nor do I fit in today’s world (though they do appreciate my reviews!) Maybe I am not smart, but then at the end of the day, I am answerable to my conscience!
Hey, by the way, have you read my reviews yet? If not, please feel free to hop over to the booklist
How about you? Do you also take a lot of time to review books or do you work smartly unlike me? Do share your opinions here and I would be more than glad to listen 🙂