Recently I’ve been trying to expand my reading horizons so have taken on a contemporary (Anything Could Happen) and a magical realism (The Cost of All Things). Both books have been a great reading experience for me but I’m realizing that it’s hard for me to really rate or critique them.
When reading a genre I’m used to I find it so much easier to see where the author might have gone outside the norm or what might fall into the typical clichés (paranormal books anyone?) But having little experience with contemporary or even middle grade sort of leaves me at a loss.
I’ve found this to be an interesting thing to have occurred and wonder if it’s actually a good thing. I am basing my reviews and opinions solely on what is in front of me. I don’t have other books impacting what I’m reading and it’s really refreshing.
Although refreshing I have found that it does make writing a review more challenging. I find myself completely out of words and since I done have a lot to base it on I’m at a loss for how it might go over with other readers. It almost feels like when I first started blogging and writing reviews.