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"Most of time I read reviews after I've finished a book and written my own review because I'm nosy and only really care about the last book I've just read. I'm self-centered like that. I like to see what others thought and how my thoughts match up. I bet many readers do the same. "


"I also, as a rule, pretty much only read my friends reviews of books I'm considering buying. I trust no one else. I've been burned too many times and from my example above I noticed even my friends can't totally be trusted! So while reviews are great fun to read I do not think they are the end all, be all, final word on a book, on book sales and on book exposure. "

YES! I don't pay much attention to what strangers think - because I have no idea how their taste matches up to mine, and I've also learned that some strangers will fudge on their true opinion. In other words - they're not being entirely honest.

I care much more what people I know think, those who I have a good idea of their own taste. Even if it doesn't match mine. Just knowing about how well it does, or doesn't, can be helpful. As well as knowing I can trust them to at least be honest about their opinion.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Yep, my free time is so precious now that I cannot spend it on mediocre books. Mediocre books that received raves from people I do not know. Those days are done, done, done. I think anyone who has been around these communities from some length of time will eventually come to the same conclusions. Unless they like reading crap and then that's on them.
Mary's Books 11 months ago
Brava! I have had an author get mad at me for my review. Thank you.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
That is such a silly thing for them to do. It does them no good in the long run and only puts readers off. Sorry it happened to you :(
Mary's Books 11 months ago
It definitely put me off of his books. I won't read anything from him at all. My girls on the other hand (teens) love his books, but I think it is only the fact that it is a continuation of a tv show they loved.
11 months ago
*clapping* *clapping*
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Glad you enjoyed it. I had to get it out of me. I can't believe this type of thing is still happening in 2018. I thought we were over the worst of it and perhaps we are. It doesn't seem nearly as common as it did a few years ago, thankfully!
Char's Horror Corner 11 months ago
You already know how I feel. :)
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Sorry you had to see this thing twice ;)
Char's Horror Corner 11 months ago
No worries. I read it twice too. :)
I hear ya. It's almost like GR is there to sell books for Amazon or something.

I think reviews matter. If you want to be promoted by Amazon you need at least 1,000 of them (although it doesn't matter much what they say).

I think bad reviews matter. They help me learn what I like to read. They help me understand why someone else hates a book I love.

I think good reviews are important. They share the love. For me, they're a celebration. They're even more of a celebration if the author writes back to you and says - you got what I was trying to do- thanks.

Books are not hotels or restaurants or pizza delivery. I'm not rating a service to help other people buy a better service

Books matter. I'm reviewing them to help me form a view on what I've just spent days reading and whet the author spent months or years writing. I don't expect other people to experience that book the same way that I did. I'm just recording my experience.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
"I don't expect other people to experience that book the same way that I did. I'm just recording my experience."

Yes, that's all most of us are doing. I just wish certain authors wouldn't take things to silly extremes and leave their readers to discuss their work in peace.
Gregor Xane 11 months ago
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
So good, right?!
Gregor Xane 11 months ago
Yes, one of my all-time favorites.
This is why I always read samples (except for freebies). A good review from a friend can make me feel excited about a book, but when I start to read it, 9 out of 10 just don't grab me.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
I should start doing that before being so quick with the "buy now" button.
Saves me loads of money!
BrokenTune 11 months ago
Brava! What a great reminder!

Also, Geek Love is on my Mt. TBR and I hope to read it soon. I'm am excited about your enthusiasm for it. :)
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
It's a weird little book. I hope you love it too. If not that's okay :)
BrokenTune 11 months ago
I kinda like weird. :)
Wanda's Book Reviews 11 months ago
Much applause! Very well put.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Thanks, Wanda.
WhiskeyintheJar Romance 11 months ago
Yes, yep, and absolutely :)
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
My Never Ending List 11 months ago
Well said. I read, I write my review and then I look to see what others are saying, I think it's the way to keep it real.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Glad I'm not the only one doing this!
Rane Aria 11 months ago
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
charlton 11 months ago
Great post!
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Thanks, Charlton.
Murder by Death 11 months ago
I'm so glad I'm not using GR any longer.

Beautiful post and spot on sentiment!

Great post, but it's sad and infuriating it should still be necessary to say this at all.
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
I know, right?
Rachel's books 11 months ago
Great post!
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Thank you.
Angel's Guilty Pleasures 11 months ago
Great post!!
Bark at the Ghouls 11 months ago
Thanks for reading it.
Mystereity 11 months ago
Great post and I completely agree. And I hated The Da Vinci Code, too. It was painfully predictable and overrated!
Wyvernfriend Reads 11 months ago
Preach! I never expect someone else to like what I like but I expect them to respect my decisions on what I like and particularly don't like.
Debbie's Spurts 11 months ago
Well said. Is a perceived-as-bad review or a bad reaction more detrimental to success anyway?

I really don't get the petitions. I'm sorry but if review TOS/rules/policies and ratings change with only promotional material is allowed -- that stops being a review. And if you can only give positive ratings and not use ★☆☆☆☆ ★★☆☆☆ or ★★★☆☆ -- how on earth is that a 5-star rating?

And who the heck gets to censor ... *er* ... judge if a review is positive enough?

Why bother reviewing or reading reviews if the policies and formats are so restrictive you cannot express yourself?
Debbie's Spurts 11 months ago
I love reading reviews from reviewers I follow -- because I like reading what they have to say or trust I know their reading tastes with respect to my own.

Otherwise, I tend to read reviews when on the fence (and really the sample decides me) and after writing my own review (sporadically just to find new folk to follow).

I won't knowingly review, rate or post (improving visibility) about a book where there's bad author response to reviews or behavior -- I'll rate and tag/shelf some of the nastier drama ones to ensure I avoid that book and future books by that author. I will block nasty folk (particulalry if lots of nasty comments on a review and on social media from a supposed customer/reader who never bothered writing their own review to express their opposite opinion).

Yes, for most folk it takes work and effort and creativity to publish a book -- no, that doesn't mean that once published for retail that it's not a product or that we are not customers giving our product opinion based on our personal reading experience with the edition we read.

(Needs a whole other post, rather than hijacking this one about those who get worked up and nasty because someone dared review the edition thye read and worse did not first contact author with line edits needed on an already published and sold to me book.)