Avid reader, blogger, compulsive one-clicker, genre-omnivore.
*My reviews are personal reflections of what I read and take notes of. It is in no way meant to dissuade a person from reading a book from authors who put a lot of work into their stories. I do not get paid for my reviews nor have I been asked to give my opinions concerning these books.*
I love reading, and to share my love of books I love to review the books I read as well. When I post a review, I post my personal opinion of a book, what worked for me, and what didn’t work for me. I try to always be respectful of the author when I write a review, and my review is of the book itself, not about the author. I do however understand the readers who share their views on an author in their reviews or in the way they shelve books.
I realize that it is a lot of hard work to write a book, and then to get it published. This does not mean that I think it is right to only post reviews of the books I love, and I will be honest in my assessment when I review. My opinion is just that, though, and I would never try to dissuade other readers from reading a book.
What I like in a book could be what someone else doesn’t like, and what I don’t like could be exactly what someone else is looking for, that’s why I try to share exactly what I liked or didn’t like in each book I review. I have also discovered that the way I review and rate the books I read are largely based on my emotions. If I am happy or sad while reading a book, and the writing is good with good editing as well, I will often give a high rating and a good review. If I am bored while reading, it doesn’t bode very well for the book, as I read to ‘be’ in another world than the one I live in. There doesn’t have to be a lot of excitement, but I have to feel involved in some way.
I am not sharing my ARCs with anyone. I read the book, review it, and then delete the e-ARC from my device.