The only thing better than a Top Ten is the High Five! It's like all the best in half the time, right? My High Five Reasons for My High Fives:
5. People don't read lists longer than five. Am I right?
4. It's easier to get authors to participate if I'm only asking them for five things rather than a long list. And we all know it's more interesting to learn about the authors than just read my review.
3. Writing a book is a HUGE accomplishment. And even more so when it's done well. I think the author deserves a high five for that. Think about it--a writer spends countless hours:
Developing an idea that people want to read
Actually putting words on a page
Adding more words--there's a persistence issue here
Deleting fewer words than they keep
Revising said words, crafting it carefully into compelling fiction
Editing it until it shines and submitting to painful red pens
Publishing (a huge effort whichever way they accomplish it)
Marketing without becoming a nuisance
And starting it all over again!
2. I could make a list of what I don't like about a book--what pulled me out of the story, the fact that there were a couple of typos I'm not big enough to get over (yep, every book has at least one typo), why some tiny detail was not to my liking, what I thought should have gone differently. BUT. I don't want to surround myself with negativity. If I don't like a book, I don't recommend it. I won't post a review. Period. So I might as well focus on what I liked best about the book and pass that information on to you!
1. A high five always includes a smile. And life can always be improved with a smile. :)
So that's it, folks. My reviews. My high fives to some super-awesome authors who write some pretty awesome books!