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Bookworm vs. Book Critic – Who To Trust? [My Opinion]

*This post is purely based on opinions and spurred on by a post from BookRiot

Sometimes you’re looking for a good book to read, but the question remains where to get your suggestions from.

Should you go and ask some serious bookworms what they found to be good and would recommend? Or should you go and find some detailed suggestions from Book Critics? 

Naturally, one might think that they should turn to the Critic because, after all, it is their job to recommend and review books. But a critic (based on my knowledge) doesn’t exactly do a book review. Sure, they will ‘review’ the book, but it’s nothing like those reviews you find on bookworms blogs where they just fangirl and say how much they liked it and why. Critics are critical (hence the name).

They will look at a book and rip it apart, finding what was wrong with it, saying why it didn’t sell well, showing how it is similar (or not similar) to others books and all that good stuff.

 

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Now, don’t get me wrong. Sometimes I do truly appreciate that. But I want the honest reviews from the reader.

I like reading reviews that have the emotions of the writer. Bookworms, who are passionate about books can sway me to read a book that got a bad review from a critic, just because they’re so passionate. And hey, generally I end up loving it. 

If I left it up to critic I might never have read that book and lost out, which would have been so sad!

Bookworms are passionate and can make good arguments. Critics look at it from the literature stand point. And not all good books (story wise) have fantastic writing styles. Look at a lot of romance books! You may love a really badly written romance book, just because of the story. A critic would most likely rip it apart. Another bookworm would fangirl/boy with you about it until kingdom comes.

Now, this is not saying that critics are useless. They write some really helpful reviews and it can be necessary for an author to grow and do better. It can also have its negative sides too, such as completely destroying a pretty decent book.

So when it comes to who you should trust, that is completely up to the individual!

For me, I trust the bookworms. They are passionate about series and read so much, not critically but just for enjoyment, that I feel that their opinions are good. 

This is not me telling you to trust what I say on my blog in my review, and on others too. You have to take their opinions with a grain of salt too. A disgruntled bookworm can be nastier than a book critic (as they’re paid and can’t say certain things generally). You really have to read the review and see if it fits what you’re looking for. I’ve had recommendations of books in genres that I would never read, and even though it got a great recommendation/review, I still didn’t read it. It’s up to your opinion.

If you want something more….detached and factual, I’d look for a decent critic review. If you’re looking for something with some serious passion (or hate, depending on the review), then maybe a bookworm is your choice.

What are your thoughts? Do you like reviews from bookworms or critics more?

*All points made in this post reflect my own personal opinions and are noway backed up by data or studies. This is just me, a bookworm, doing her little rant.*

 

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Perfect Book Lovers Vacation – The Open Book, Scotland

Are you a book lover? Do you need a vacation? Are you willing to wait…3 years?!

Well look no further because I got you covered.

This wonderful little bookshop has a room available and for $50 a night, you can run the bookshop!

No better way than to be able to run a bookshop for a week with a little less commitment. Sounds perfect, right?!

CBS did a wonderful little segment on it, which you should check out below!

While it does hurt me a little bit that the bookshop isn’t run by a massive book lover (she watches the movies more than reads the books) it’s still a fantastic idea. There’s also a potential up-and-coming movie about this place. Not sure how to feel about that, but I guess well see.

But if you’re looking for a little quiet get away, and are willing to wait about 3 years for a spot (as she’s completely booked up until then) then this is your destination!

 

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‘Tis the Season!

So with it just being past the 1st of December, it’s time to start prepping for the Holidays!

That means that it will be time for lists of gifts for the Holidays and maybe some fun things to make and read, of course.

The website has changed to the wonderful red and green and we got snow falling.

I’m feeling the Holiday Spirit!

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From Instagram: @mylibrarycardworeout

 

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Something New For Saturday

It’s the weekend! What an exhausting week…..time for something restorative.

Here at MLCWO there has been a quiet obsession over the years with book related things that don’t involve actually reading. Book art, paper art, illustrations. You get the idea.

Well how about floral art?

So what about this???

 

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Beautiful, don’t you think?

Bridget Beth Collins is the artistic genius behind this glorious flamingo (birthday present for moi!)  and her website Floral Forager is a place of incredibly beautiful works made with bits of nature. Bridget loves to collect things from the wild and turns them into gorgeously creative pieces. Works of art.

And she has got some pieces that are books and movie themed!!

 

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Alice In Wonderland

 

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Green Gables – just without Anne

 

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Snow White

 

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May The Flowers Be With You

 

Truly unique and so creative. There just might be one of these in the horizon …..why not pop over and visit her website and  enjoy all of her work.

Have a wonderful weekend!