I’ve been doing book reviews every Tuesday for a while now, but I have a few questions for you. Do you read book reviews? Do you feel they are helpful? What do you like about them? What don’t you like?
For me, I like book reviews because they sort of give me a heads up about the book before I buy. These days my book budget is tight and I like to read what other people have said about a book before I spend that hard-earned money. However, I DO NOT like reviews where they spoil plot points or endings. I am definitely a lover of non-spoilery reviews.
I have a few blogs I depend on for trustworthy reviews, and I do go to Goodreads, (although I’ve cut down on that since a lot of those reviews are spoilery with no spoiler tags). But I have noticed that some people have said they don’t go to Goodreads anymore because the reviews are just the author’s friends and aren’t really objective.
What do you think?
When I write a review, I try to put out there what I would want to see if I was considering buying this book. Was the plot believable? Were the characters relatable? Was it well-edited? Those are the questions I try to answer and of course, no spoilers in my reviews.
As an author, I always appreciate reviews of my books that include these things as well. Even knowing that it may not be positive, I’d rather have someone constructively point out what they didn’t like so that I can improve. I always appreciate reviews that say they liked it, but the question inevitably runs through my mind---what did you like specifically? What didn’t you like? But I never ask because I’m just grateful they did a review at all.
When you read a review, what do you expect from them?
So today, dear readers, I’d like your opinions. Tell me what you really think about book reviews. Helpful or not?