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Jun 23, 2019 11:05:46

Re: What makes a good book review?

by @keni PATRON | 200 words | 194🔥 | 194💌

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I depend on good book reviews to make a decision about reading a book by a new author. 

I usually look at the 3, 4 and 5 star reviews. 3 and 4 seem to have a more objective review of the book while still mentioning what could be added or changed. 

I sometimes look at the other reviews of the reviewers as well. Some people are serial 5 star people or have no other reviews. I ignore those. 

I do not like when a reviewer gives away the details. Similar to movie trailers where you know the entire movie plot. With fiction - that is just horrible. 

I like short, to the point and clear reviews that say little but explain enough to convince me why I should read the book. 

This is a nice review of Man's Search For Meaning. 

If you're in pain, read this book. If you're scared, read this book. If you are lost, read this book. If you are happy, read this book. If you have time, read this book. If you don't have time, read this book. Read this book, read this book.

It is an art to write good reviews.
Not all of us have it but we could try. 

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    @keni

    I don't like book reviews. I like reactions, stories of what the book meant for one's life, and also declarations.

    One of my favorite declarations have been about Taleb's books. Two people I've heard declare something alone the lines of this:

    "IF YOU HAVEN'T READ THESE BOOKS, THEN I IMPLORE YOU TO NOT READ ANYTHING ELSE THIS YEAR AND JUST READ THESE FIVE."

    and

    "If you haven't read his books, you might as well just stop reading everything else and read them first."

    The two people were Tom Bilyeu of Impact Theory and Naval Ravikant.

    i'm guessing you can make out which one said it which way. haha. Tom always YELLS like THISSSSSS

    I love Tom's intensity. And I think he might be an outlier compared to the graph of waning intensity to rising compassion. Although maybe he was even more intense before and so what we view now is actually still diminished intensity albeit being so great compared to the typical person.

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Jun 24, 2019 00:18:05
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      @abrahamKim - Haha.... those are very convincing I agree. There aren't too many books with that type of reaction though. I like the question - which book have you gifted the most? It has a similar convincing response.
      Tom's Impact Theory is taking a lot of my time lately and I enjoy every one of them... particularly the health theory.
      Naval is a calm genius. I like his energy.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 24, 2019 15:45:15
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    @keni @brianball ... I don't wanna even read the reviews .. I just wanna have some guy with the same taste and mood as me who would be sending me directly a new book after the "book completed" appeared on my kindle! :D

    Efran avatar Efran | Jun 23, 2019 17:25:21
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      @keni @efran - and same timing -- a book I loved 10 years ago, I might not like now -- timing plays a role. ( awesome idea )

      Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | Jun 23, 2019 09:03:50
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      @efran @brianball - Good idea Efran. Brian is basically that for me.

      Agreed. Timing is an important role Brian. I would like to focus on one subject at a time. It is easier to understand and apply one thing at a time and make them a habit. So reading books around that one topic helps understand and execute well.

      Keni avatar Keni | Jun 24, 2019 15:47:14
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