I almost completely go along with Sheila’s thoughts and sentiments here.
I love to review books and I always give my honest opinion. I feel that I am helping both the potential readers and the authors. And I really am driven by love.
The only point on which we differ is her rule number one. Very occasionally, I will give a one star review. This is either because I could not finish a book, which has only happened twice, or because the book genuinely merits a single star. That means that, in my humble opinion, the book is awful. I will always give my reasons.
Compassion, respect and kindness are human qualities common to all regardless of any faith position. In this post, I’m making a plea for these three things in the online world of books.
Even when readers buy physical books in bricks-and-mortar bookstores they often like to post a review online.
Recently I learned from my fellow authors of something very sad which is happening on Goodreads – which I had previously been totally unaware of. See this article by Anne Rice here.
I have been aware that the dark side of human nature does indeed find outlets for expression on the internet but I had up to now been unconscious of the fact that this affects the world of reviewing books.
In today’s publishing scene, Amazon reviews are of great importance to a writer – though I sometimes wish they weren’t. The fact remains a new review can lift an author’s spirits…
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