I started Reading with ABC in May of 2012 after reading and following many blogs and being an active reviewer in Goodreads. My purpose was and still is, to share my love for reading, something I’m really passionate about, with other like-minded people.
I have never aspired to be a writer. Just because I read a lot and write reviews doesn’t mean that I have the talent, patience, imagination, and time required to write a book. I’m quite happy reading what the true masters of the craft put out there, and of course, I love to talk about them. However, looking back at my first reviews (you can see the embarrassing truth here and here), it occurs to me that I have become a better writer. I assure you that it might not have been intentionally, but it happened.
I tend to write very long reviews. I like to talk about the story, the general feelings while reading it, the plot, the writing style, and the characters. I know some people would not go through the trouble of reading the whole review, but I do enjoy putting all my thoughts on paper in a non-spoilery sort of way.
One of the benefits of reading is that, not only do you become a faster reader, but you also acquire an expanded vocabulary. I love new words, I love to look them up and use them, I look for synonyms all the time and try my best to be different.
I choose the words I use very carefully. As you might already know I’m originally from Puerto Rico and my fist language is Spanish. By now, I have been living in the States for almost half of my life, so I like to think that I’m proficient in English, however, some things can be lost in translation if I’m not careful.
I edit my reviews at least three times before posting them. I also do the same with emails or any other documents related to the blog and to my professional (real job) work. I write all my reviews in MS Word and then copy/paste to the blog. This helps me out with spelling and grammar.
Guess what? Practice does make perfect! (Not that I’m perfect…)
Are you a better reviewer / writer now? Do you use your blog to practice your writing? Are you an aspiring author? Are your reviews long or short? Why? What are other benefits of reading?