I had a conversation the other day with my neighbor about Portland Book Review. She asked me what books I liked to read and write reviews on. It got me thinking about the books I truly enjoy reading and why. All too often, I read books because I have to; we need a review and I’m here to do just that. But,there is a distinction between having to read a book and wanting to read one. We all read books for different reasons; self-help and inspirational books for personal growth, travel or adventure books for exploration, romance for dreaming, fantasy books for the escape, biographies to fulfill a voyeuristic need to relate to someone else’s life. The list can be endless for some, for others it may be a short list of genres. Maybe a person only likes to read one category of books and that’s okay too. We read to fulfill a need or desire, be it, growth or to simply relax and get away from it all. The reasons are our own and very personal but on a grander scale, we share the same intent…we read for the love of reading.

Portland Book Review is always looking for good reviewers. If you love to read but, more importantly, love to write creatively and share your opinion, we’d like to speak with you! Please send us three reviews you’ve written, published or not, to [email protected]ortlandbookreview.com to be considered.

Also, if writing interests you, we have several articles on our website that you might want to check out; The Reader’s Perspective which is various articles from authors and reviewers on reading and writing reviews and Writers on Writing which is published authors discussing writing with different topics dissected each month. Check them out; they are definitely worth your time! We’d also like to hear from you on what you’d like to see in Portland Book Review. We have several ideas of new features we’re considering and look forward to rolling those out to you, but tell us what you’d look forward to. We’re here for you, our readers and all the lovers of reading!

M. Chris Johnson, Editor-in-Chief

M. Chris Johnson, Editor-in-Chief