Then the little gremlins called 'doubt' and 'what-if' started poking me with, 'What if I can't write? What if I sound stupid?' I'd never written a review or even thought of doing it, ever. How do I start? I started small, with a book that really spoke to me. I wanted to share all the things that made it worth reading and why I fell in love with the characters falling in love. I wrote from my heart. What hooked me was the feedback, from the author no less.
And that is what keeps me reviewing. It's not only the excitement of discovery or the enthusiasm that takes over my fingers as I share what I like. The feedback I've received over the years gives me as much of a high as a hot fudge sundae, with extra fudge and nuts. When I hear from people who say that my review helped them choose the book, and that they liked it as much as I did, I am so thrilled! When the author takes the time to write and say that not only did they appreciate the review but that I “got it”, that makes me feel ten feet tall. There’s a personal satisfaction in a job well done. And I’m always amazed that what I say can and does make a difference.
That’s why, after four years, I still review. I love the fact that there are so many books to read, so many journeys to take and so many opinions to share. I can say what I feel and be heard. I can share what I love and others know what I’m talking about. I get to be a part of a world that celebrates the written word and the happily ever after. And I get to chose what I want when I want. It’s great being a reviewer and I love the Long and Short of It Reviews. We ROCK!