Welcome to the new home of my website and blog, “The Grumpy Book Reviewer”. Check back often. You never know, I just may review a book that you’ve been thinking of reading.
For children and pre-teen girls, I often give books as gifts. As the grandparent of an adopted bi-racial granddaughter, I look for books with themes of multi-cultural respect for both boys and girls. I prefer to choose books with strong female characters and anti-bullying themes.
Lots of people have said you can travel the world through books, but there is so much more. I have learned much from reading that I likely would never have learned elsewhere. For example, in what I assumed to be some chick-lit-style easy reads, I learned a lot about the endangered Loggerhead Sea Turtles, and about the once-popular tourist attractions in Florida, such as Silver Springs, and Weeki-Wachee Springs, being turned into state parks. In a Tom Clancy novel, I learned that the Concord (a now-retired airplane) expanded 11 inches in length when at altitude.
Why is this book reviewer grumpy?
I was grumpy only because my preferred name for this site was already taken. So was every really good and fitting name I could think of, so I became quite frustrated and, well, grumpy. I’m over it now; and I promise not to take it out on the books or their authors.
What else would make a book reviewer grumpy?
I must have been born with a red pen in my hand because I detest poor writing: bad grammar, a lack of punctuation, poor syntax, run-on sentences, dangling (incomplete) sentences, a lack of research on the part of the author, and incorrect word usage, to name just a few. I will call an author out on these things, but I will always be kind in doing so.