Cyndy Aleo

Four Little Bees Writing & Editing

author, freelance writing, editing, and a little bit of web development, helping clients with content development, book editing, and blog set-up and customization

Why do I review books?

I'm working on so many things right now I feel like I have no time to finish any of them! And in the meantime, as always, I'm still reading, reading, reading, and naturally, reviewing.

I review books I read for pleasure, and for the past -- OMG! almost two! -- years, I've been reviewing for RT Book Reviews.

I'm sure a lot of people think it's great to get all these free books -- I read over 150 books a year, and the majority of them are review copies -- but as any reviewer will tell you, they aren't all great, and they aren't all something you'd necessarily pick up on your own. So why do it, since it definitely doesn't pay well enough to do full-time?

Nothing makes me happier than finding a book I know people will love. Friends have benefitted from my book recommendations over the years, but I love going through a pile of books and finding that special something that might not have been chosen as lead title at the publisher, and might not be getting much publicity.

I love getting those books out to readers. I love recommending something and having someone say, "Hey, I bought that book you recommended, and I'm loving it." I love turning people on to new authors and new series.

I'm super-careful about what I recommend. Some might say picky. But even if I love a book, I don't necessarily think it's right for everyone. I've recommended Tiffany Reisz's Original Sinners books far and wide, but I've never once suggested my devout Catholic mother read them. I've recommended Lindsey Piper's Dragon Kings series, but not to people who like straight contemporary romance. There are always books that I rave about and then say, "But I don't think it's right for you."

Still, there is nothing better than sharing a book with someone and having them love it. To know that you connect and see something the same. Fall in love with the same characters. Feel something powerful about the same words. And while I hope that someday the things *I* write will do the same thing for people, it's still the reviews -- and the reading and sharing -- that come first.