Literary reviews are an excellent way to discover what readers, writers and critics think of an author and their work. Typically a small synopsis full of tantalizing hints, a review can help a reader choose in which book to invest their time, energy and money.
The worst thing about reading new books is that they keep us from reading the old ones. (Joseph Joubert)
When a reader comes to the end of a book, they face a tough decision: what, exactly, should they pick up next? How to choose from the thousands of books that compete for attention? Most readers have limited spare time and want to make the most of it (rather than slogging through those unfortunate works eventually consigned to the regret-I-ever-read-it pile).
For those with trouble making up their minds, there are many ways to select the next book. Recommended reading lists are available everywhere, from talk show hosts with their own websites (some still extant after they