The quote was attributed to Edmund Wilson, a noted American writer, editor, and critic. I agree with him.
This year, I have decided to write a short review of every book I read or reread and post it on Amazon/Goodreads. Before 2017, I used to only rate the books without giving my reasons for the number of stars. After posting my rating, then and only then will I check out other people’s reviews. I always look for the ones that are most diametrically opposed to mine and just shake my head and smile at the reasoning behind their grades.
Here are a couple of examples:
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
M: “Five flamethrowing stars. This book is fresh and young, utterly delightful. Josh and Lucy are fantastic characters, their chemistry is electric. I adore their conversations. I didn’t want the book to end. One of my new favorites.”
S: “DNF. Lucinda and Joshua are extremely annoying. I don’t care about how much she hates Josh 4Ever.”
The Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath
M: “Five heartrending stars. This novel broke my heart and put it back together again. Avendale – he’s so flawed and yet so amazingly heroic. Rose — a swindling angel. Harry — the best part, the heart of the book.”
E: Two stars. DNF. Barf. Cannot stand the prose.
We’re all different and what appeals to one may not be attractive to others. This brings to mind another (cliché) quote, “One (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure.” This is one of the reasons why I appreciate my favorite Facebook Group–Old School Romance Book Club (OSRBC)–so much. We all just agree to disagree. The members’ thoughts and opinions are respected and supported. They might have been the cause of my out-of-control TBR pile, but I won’t ever regret joining them. #OSRBCRocks
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Since I realized how much authors–especially independent ones–rely on reviews, I always try to leave a positive word or two. If I can’t finish it, I don’t rate it, and if I don’t like it, I don’t leave a review unless it’s a very famous author. Even then, I try to say something positive. 🙂
And yes, OSRBC rocks!!
I love this take on reviews. I am an avid reader and until about a year ago I didn’t fully understand an authors need for reviews. Now I try to leave a review every time I read a story
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I’m new to reviewing myself. Only started in 2016. Once I started writing, it became even more important to share my thoughts on a book I’ve read and enjoyed.