I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I am not much of a book evangelist. I don’t like having books shoved at me and I tend to not read the book when that happens. For that reason, I usually only recommend books when someone asks for recommendations. There are a couple of books I have to stop myself from suggesting to almost everyone I know. Both of them are books that changed my life for the better and I can’t help wanting everyone to benefit from them.
The first, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto - Michael Pollan contains information I already knew but Michael Pollan presents it in a way that made it finally sink in. It can be summed up in three simple but profound sentences:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
That’s it. But that is so much more difficult than it sounds like it would be. Pollan makes it all make sense.
The second, Think Like a Cat: How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cat--Not a Sour Puss - Pam Johnson-Bennett, I am recommending not just to cat lovers, but to everyone. I worry I’m going to insult people by saying this, but I know a lot of people who think cats are dogs that purr. I thought that most of my life as well. Not consciously, of course but it was hanging there in the back of my mind. But in reality they are so different in the way they view the world and their fellow cats and their human companions and above all, their territories that treating them like dogs does nothing but bring misery to both the human and the cats. While there are other cat books that are almost as good, I believe Pam Johnson’s is the best.