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The Big Reveal

January 23, 2014 by Suzi

Welcome to the Big Reveal
 

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds
of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at
all levels, from un-agented to published, and every week I will
have a new question for them.
 

Do you read or write book reviews?

 

Kyra Lennon
I don’t usually worry about reading book reviews unless I’m on the fence about whether to buy a particular book. If there are more terrible reviews than good reviews, then I won’t read it. I write book reviews very occasionally – I’m not very good at it though!

 

Manda Pepper
I write reviews on my spooklights site and occasionally on Amazon. And when I’m looking for something to read, I might glance at the reviews and/or star rating. But when choosing a book, for me it’s usually more about whether the story sounds interesting, and then I glance at a couple pages to see what the writing is like. That makes me decide more than reviews. Of course, sometimes I read books because I’ve been asked to review them.

 

Rachel Schieffelbein
I don’t read reviews before I read a book, but I sometimes will afterward. And I do write reviews, but only of books I enjoyed. Otherwise I just keep my mouth shut. (Online anyway.) ;)

 

Ilima Todd
I’ve resisted writing reviews until just recently because as a writer, I didn’t want them to come back and bite me, but I know how much reviews help writers so I finally caved. Though I admit, I’ll only write nice reviews or none at all. I don’t let reviews stop me from reading a book, but it may affect where that book falls in my TBR pile. For example, it may be awhile before I get to Allegiant. ;)

 

Janeal Falor
I read book reviews and they most definitely help me decide whether or not to read a book. Bad or good review doesn’t matter. Either way helps me know if the content is going to be to my taste or not. I rarely write them though cause I’m a slacker like that.

 

Julie Sondra Decker
I definitely read and write book reviews! (I’m working on getting all of mine onto Goodreads.) Reviewing a book helps me understand more about writing; if I can explain what I like and don’t like, I can learn about how to be more effective in my own work. I also enjoy reading what other people think of certain books, both to understand their taste and to figure out whether I would like a book. Sometimes a book blurb will get me excited and then I’ll see many people I trust giving it lukewarm reviews, so I’ll pass, and sometimes when a book doesn’t appeal to me but my friends are very excited about it, I’ll try it out (and I’m usually glad I did!).

 
Medeia Sharif
I read and write book reviews. Only on some occasions have I not read a book because of poor reviews. Otherwise, I dive right in.

Do you read or write reviews?
 


4 Comments »

  1. I sometimes read book reviews, but I’m always afraid of spoilers!

    I usually only write reviews of books I really liked or loved, and the reviews tend to be more about my feelings and why I liked/loved the book than any kind of formal thing.

  2. It’s funny because as writers we all want reviews (preferably good ones), yet many admit they don’t take the time to write reviews, or will only write a positive review . . . For me, whether I write a review has more to do with whether I can find anything to say about the book. Is it worth discussing at all, good or bad? That’s my rule of thumb.

    The reviews system is broken in any case. So many reviews are NOT honest or impartial. One can’t really trust them.

  3. Avatar of Suzi Suzi says:

    I read reviews, but usually don’t base whether I’ll read a book or not on them. Often I’ll read them after to see if I agree or disagree with most.

    I don’t write them. I feel like I have a hard time saying anything intelligent about them, so I’d rather keep my mouth shut.

  4. Dani says:

    I read reviews for pure enjoyment but I never base my opinion on them. Some can be quite entertaining.
    I was recently told that as an aspiring writer, and what I mean by “aspiring” is published, to not give a bad review. Apparently it can reflect on getting published… even if it is true, I totally think it’s poppycock! Whether a review is bad or great, as long as I’m being honest, a review is a review. And usually if I do give a not-so-great-review I usually say that it’s because I picked a book not meant for me but it could be awesome for someone else. I don’t think a book “sucks” because it’s a badly written book, I beieve it’s because I picked the wrong type for me.
    Another great question Suzi!

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