Friday, April 13, 2012

To Review or Not to Review


As many of you know, I've joined up with Goodreads. Part of that is writing reviews for books that I've read. That got me to thinking about how to write a review. No, not the structure (a quicky google search could teach me that!), but the ethics behind it.

Basically, I've had a few ideas bouncing around my mind that I will attempt to express in this post. So take it as you will, and be sure to comment if you have an opinion.

I am a firm believer in tough love and honesty. However, that...er approach isn't always appropriate (and can get you into trouble when it isn't welcome). I don't think that a reviewer should be giving the author of that really terrible novel "tough love" through a review. Generally writing this in a comment/review section doesn't go over well:

"Your characters were 2D and shallow. I say this because I love you and want you to get better!"

First of all, because it's public and second of all because that's not the point of a review. You can be honest, and TACTFUL at the same time. Example:

"Although the characters could have used more development, the premise was really clever."

The two stars and a wish is a good method (I liked___and___, but I wish that____) to employ if you must write a review about a book you didn't like. Let's face it, we might think that we want to hear the brutal truth, but we really don't want that truth without a spoonful of sugar (to help the medicine go down!), and do we really want that truth where everyone can see?

That being said my personal policy is if you don't have anything nice to say than don't say anything at all (not thatI always follow it...but hey). It can be tempting to rip a book to shreds in a review if you didn't like it, but is that really necessary?

Sure, if a friend asks me if I liked a book and I didn't, then I'll tell them, but I will not post a review on Goodreads tearing a book down. It's easy to forget that there is an author behind every book who has feelings (sounds corny, but it's true).

So I have come to a conclusion, DO rate books on Goodreads with honesty (that's how people find good books to read!).
And DO be tactful with what you write in a review ( and if you don't have a penchant for being nice just remember that the way you review something will reflect back on you!)

I leave you with a review that has my gold stamp of approval, tehe! Happy Weekend!


P.S. Stay tuned for a post on responding to a review (whenever I get around to writing it, ha!)

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Goodreads


So I joined up on Goodreads, if you couldn't tell by my added widgets (one in the sidebar and another on the bottom). I was just wondering if anyone had any tips, or advice about it as I am a newbie.

If you don't know what Goodreads is here is a little bit of info:

-Founded in 2006 by Otis Chandler
-Over 78 000 000 books in the database
-As of 2011 books can be suggested for member according to there library

So basically you go on, make an account, and go through a ton of books and click the ones you've read. You rate them and then you can write reviews and do tons of other stuff I've yet to discover. It's particularly handy to keep track of books that you want to read, and look at reviews and ratings to see if something is worth a read. Essentially, it's a social media for readers.

Again, I beseech you for tips about Goodreads! Please, leave me a comment if you have any advice or just want to talk about how you feel about Goodreads!

P.S. This is the link for my profile: http://www.goodreads.com/sunnysmith

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Insecure Writer's Group: April 2012


I'm supposed to be writing about my insecurities, but I feel that if I start to ramble about how I haven't been writing and how I've been a lazy butt, then I will just submerge myself further into my non-writing. Last night I kicked myself back into gear, so I'm going off to write before I talk myself into more insecurities! Sometimes it's best to just sit down and write until words are on the page.

Happy Writing!




P.S. I'm doing April blogging challenge A-Z over at www.superhyperhumanbeings.blogspot.com if you start to wonder where I am.
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