AtoZChallenge: X is for Xpress

Learning to express oneself.

Isn’t that the biggest, most difficult challenge as a writer? Expressing ourselves can be a difficult feat especially when we cannot articulate our feelings too well.

Our gut feeling says we don’t like a book we’re reading. But WHY? That is hard to express. It takes a lot of practice and thinking to properly articulate what we like or don’t like about a book and how we put that down in words.

Then again, it’s always necessary to lay out the pros and cons and let the reader decide for herself.

I’ve rated so many books on Goodreads but although I want to, I’m still discerning how to write a good review. A good review isn’t about giving a 4- or 5-star rating, but about honesty that’s well articulated, and covers all aspects of a book, from characterization to plot to story, and does justice to the work of an author and the curiosity of a reader.

I hope I can do a good review one day. Until then, I’m still thinking about how to express myself veritably 🙂

Over to you!


8 thoughts on “AtoZChallenge: X is for Xpress

  1. Good post. I’m still learning how to do a good review as well. I do not like telling the story–rehashing it for the reader, but I do like saying what I liked about the book and why. I’m not going to retell the story like a blurb because that does not tell a ready anything they did not already know. I notice a large majority of reviews do that. Sometimes spoilers are okay as long as it is marked spoiler and it enhances the review, but it won’t be me posting it. Anyway still trying to decide I believe to be a good review, rather than a rehashing, a blurb, a spoiler or a promotional ditty that really says nothing about whether the reader liked it.
    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  2. Your articulate pretty well so you needn’t worry on that count! But it is definitely a tough job reviewing a book absolutely fairly. I always feel guilty to pass judgement on someone else’s months or years of hard work in a passage of 500 words more or less! Tough being fair, unbiased, critical yet interesting all at once!
    @KalaRavi16 from

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