A most common advice from any writer to improve on your writing is to read more and read critically. Sometimes, in my eagerness to be published by literary journals or anthologies, I often forget to read. In fact, reading is one way to work on my craft when I do not have the time to write.
As such, to discipline myself, I have decided to read more and post book reviews whenever I can. Hopefully this will keep this blog more active and I would love to engage in a conversation over books with my followers and occasional readers. While I am in the midst of preparing for my school exams, I have decided to pick up a book and read it while commuting. So what am I reading now?
Additionally, I am still thinking of whether I should start a YouTube channel and film myself reviewing books and performances. I realised that no one in Singapore is doing that and there should be more discussion about our local arts scene. It is also a great way to promote our local literature and shows as well. Furthermore, while watching YouTubers from abroad doing book reviews, I am not really satisfied with the way they review books. They tend to focus too much on the plot and almost nothing on the writing save for a few vague comments on character development.
Who knows? If I have a strong enough response, I will set up a dedicated blog for all my reviews and as a complement to my YouTube channel (if I should decide to go ahead with it).
So what do you think? What books should I read and review? Do you want to see a YouTube channel that does reviews? Leave a comment!