Welcome to The Bookly Purple. This is an amateur book review blog owned, run, and written solely by erdeaka. I cannot claim to be an avid reader, but I do love reading, especially fiction, both literary and popular (if you want to call them so). Thus, this blog will contain mainly reviews of fiction books. Since I have been trying to widen my reading horizon, you will find the genres ranged from general, children’s, fantasy, romance, and also historical. They will probably be wider than that later on. Despite the unrestricted range of the fiction books I read, I am basically interested in contemporary Western literature, European and American (including Latin on the respective side). I do read classics, it’s not as if I dislike or avoid them, but I only read classics on rare occasions, given my lack of interest in them. I have no particular reason for not reading classics a lot. To my way of thinking, asking why we love a certain genre of literature is like asking (in a dramatic way) why we love somebody, and mostly there is no answer to it. All I can say is that I love modernity, although it doesn’t fully explain my love for contemporary literature. What I’m saying is, this blog will be presenting reviews of fiction books of any kinds, especially contemporary literature, contemporary Western literature in specific, without barring itself from having reviews of fiction originated in any other parts of the world.
What may become the problem here is that I’m not an up-to-date reader. I read randomly. I cannot promise you to provide reviews of the new-released books, or the best-selling books, or books of the most current trend in the book industry. I may not even post reviews of the most-talked-about books. I read what’s within my reach. I hope you’re okay with that.
I used to apply 1 to 5 rating system, and I will continue to do so. However, looking at my old reviews, I never up to this point gave any 1 nor 5 points to any books I read. I believe that there is nothing totally flawed nor completely flawless. I believe that writers/authors must be given some appreciation for their hard work (no matter how horrible their books are in my opinion), while on the other hand, 5 points will give them too much credit. So the highest and the lowest points were (and will still be) 4.5 and 1.5, respectively.
I do not own any cover pictures attached to my reviews here. I mostly rely on Goodreads as my main source, and any other websites where I pluck the cover pictures will be respectfully linked and/or mentioned under them as a courtesy.
Though I don’t believe my reviews are good enough to be copied, I ask you politely not to copy, quote, or use my reviews here or any part of them without any references to my blog. You will be required to link and/or mention my blog URL to anywhere near your copy/quote of my reviews. Thank you.
Last but not least, I welcome any comments or suggestions regarding my reviews, my writings in particular. I’m not one to refuse comments even the harshest one. Feel free to explore and read my reviews, leave comments, and come back again later if you are interested.