Everyone that talks to me here and follows me on Twitter knows that I haven’t been a part of the book blogging world for long. I am still finding my place and where I fit in. And I am perfectly happy with that. But I am not a person to sit back and watch ridiculous bullsh*t go down and keep my mouth shut. That just isn’t me.
One thing you can be sure of is that I will always be honest with my readers and my friends. And with the anonymity of the internet, I am shocked that there is so much dishonesty and cowardliness in the book blogging community.
There are a lot of bloggers out there that choose not to review self-published and indie-published works. And while I don’t really agree with that practice, I understand why people do it. First, the reason why I don’t agree with not reviewing self-published works is this: I just feel like as book bloggers we should be doing everything we can to bring awareness to new authors and great authors that may not get the opportunity to enter into a contract with a traditional publisher. There are a lot of great books out there that don’t get the recognition they deserve because they are not sitting in bookstores. But that is a topic for another day.
The real reason I am writing this blog: As book reviewers, we have a responsibility to the writing community to be completely honest with the authors that are writing the books and the readers that are reading them. And frankly, I am sick and tired of watching certain book bloggers blow smoke up the behinds of authors who don’t deserve it. Yes, I know. Reviewing is subjective. What someone else may find appealing, I may not and so forth. But this happens WAY too often for it to be a one-time thing. If you are going to be a book blogger and you want to be taken seriously, you have a duty to be honest with writers and readers. Stop lying! Stop saying a book is well-written and the best thing you have ever read if it is utter crap! You do realizing this is helping no one, right? It doesn’t help a writer improve their writing, and it doesn’t help a reader make informed decisions about which books to purchase.
Why do I give mostly 3 star reviews? Because not every book you read is worthy of five stars! I only give 4 and 5 star reviews to books I really feel deserve it. At the end of the day, all you have is your integrity! And how would you feel if someone purchased a book you recommended only to come back and say “That book sucked, why did you recommend it to me?” Then what? You are finished. No one will trust your opinions ever again! Honestly, who cares if you piss people off? Doesn’t what you are doing mean something to you? I don’t know about you, but when I started book blogging, I made a conscientious choice to do this because I enjoy reading and I wanted to help other readers make informed decisions and motivate them to love books as much as I do. Somewhere along the line, I think quite a few of us have forgotten that. We need to regain our integrity as book bloggers.
And another thing. When you are an honest and trusted book reviewer and you do give out good reviews, they mean way more to the author. And this I know from experience. I’m sorry if you think I’m being arrogant or bitchy, but it’s the truth. Please leave your opinions below.
Rant over. Off Soapbox.