In the interest of professionalism and keeping this blog up to certain standards, I’ve been thinking of ways to improve the general format and running of this, my online journal and, at current time, personal website. I’ve been trying to figure out fun, new ways of doing writing updates to keep them more frequent and simultaneously including more outlets for other literary-related posts.
The first enjoyable new idea for this blog comes in the form of reading updates! With each new semester comes a slew of new books to read, such is the fate of being an English major. Outside of the semester I still have shelves upon shelves of books I have read and want to read. It stands to reason that I should try to organize at least some of my thoughts on these books….right? So! I’ve been working on a new format and as always, I look for punny new ways of introducing it. With a name like Cat I can’t help but look for fun little plays on words.
9 Lives Book Reviews by Cat
Oh, I know! It’s just so terrible it’s good, right? That’s the title for future book reviews or updates on what I’m reading. I’ll be judging books on a few different categories including:
- Characters - Static or Dynamic. The amount of three dimensional characters versus flat or filler characters. The depth to each one and of course, how difficult it is for me to find a favorite character. Characters are extremely important to me as a reader. Are they more important than the plot? That’s hard to say and I think that varies for each reader and certainly each novel. Characters make me care about the plot and the way I learn of it through their eyes. If the characters are good, the chances are great that I’ll enjoy the book.
- Plot - The overall story AND the progression of that story. How many plots are there in a novel? Does each character have their own or are they all working together toward one unified goal? Included in this is the emotion the plot and its characters draw from me. Was I thrilled or saddened at the events that happen in the story? If the plot can evoke anything other than disappoint in me, that’s good! I love being angry or sad by a good, solid story!
- Pace - Does the story have a noticeable lull at some point? Do I ever hit a spot where I’m waiting for something to happen? When that point is over, am I satisfied in waiting for the result? There have been a few novels where I was disappointed and grew bored of certain parts, almost putting them down because of lost interest. It’s important for a book to keep me interested and there are multiple ways to do that.
- Predictability - It’s no real shame that many books have somewhat predictable plots. This happens in books of any genre and it would be in poor taste to point out one type of book more than another. Sometimes you just know that the hero is going to end up with the heroin or it was secretly the butler all along. My problem is when I can’t enjoy the predictability of it. If it’s so formulaic in its format that I can’t even enjoy knowing the inevitable parts. Although it’s also great when I can’t predict what happens in a book, when there are so many variables and options that nothing I can think of even comes close to what actually happens.
Sounds exciting, right? I think so! I’m anxious to do my first book review in this format. When summer returns to me, I’ll also be taking suggestions on books to read as well so that I can diversify my library.