Mission: Stated

Okay, here it is, my mission statement:

In my blog, “Likely Stories,” I will candidly discuss the craft of book reviewing, chronicling my reading habits, evaluation criteria, strengths, and shortcomings. I want to show both the work that goes into a book review and the challenge of balancing objectivity and personal taste. As I work through my thoughts about the books I’m reading, I will inevitably be reviewing some of them in public, which of course invites readers to opine as to whether I’ve “gotten it right.” Right may be subjective, but that’s another exciting topic to explore. I also plan to write about books and reading in general, looking always for interesting connections between similar books and similar authors. Occasionally, I’ll link to the literary news of the day and offer my commentary. I’ll try to do all this in an entertaining manner – I’ll rely on my readers to let me know if I’m not succeeding. 

No doubt I’ll be tweaking it, but I think that gives you a good idea of what to expect from me.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go engage in some team-building exercises. I’m looking forward to the “trust falls.”



About the Author:

Keir Graff is Executive Editor of Booklist Publications and the author of five books. His most recent is the middle-grade novel, The Other Felix (2011). Follow him on Twitter at @Booklist_Keir.

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