On Authors Reviewing Books.

Just to be clear: this post is about authors posting reviews on other books, not their own. (I have rated my own book 5 stars only on goodreads, because I can. Because goodreads has a spot that says ‘review from the author’ for a reason.)

I LOVE books. I was a reader way way long before I was a writer. Every author starts this way, just like every actor watches movies before acting in them, every painter goes to art shows and looks at paintings before doing any painting.

I believe it is the right of everyone who loves to read to say their opinion about what they read. Why is it any different that I also write books? I know not all authors are like this, but personally I have a few “rules” for myself when I want to post a review:

  1. I am always honest. I will never put a negative review on a competing book to mine just to bring them down. In fact, I don’t even consider other books to be competition. People reading more is good for everyone, not just certain authors. But that is a discussion for another post.
  2. I never post a review less than 3 stars. This is because if I thought that little of the book, I probably didn’t finish it, or if I did finish reading it, I don’t want to have to think about it enough to come up with a quality worded review. Plus, I don’t want anyone to accuse me of putting a negative review a la point #1.
  3. I’m only posting reviews of books I genuinely want to read. I don’t know if this will change in the future, but as of right now, I don’t get any books from publishers to review, or other authors asking me to swap reviews with them, etc. I am only reading books that I buy with my own money. If ever I posted a review that was sent to me for free, I would state that in the review.

So whenever you’re reading what I think about another author’s book, it is actually what I thought about that book. I am fully supportive of authors who want to post book reviews. Reviews keep the industry going, and every author needs them, no matter where they come from. I feel I am supporting and encouraging other authors and readers by still reviewing what I read.

What are your opinions? Do you think famous authors like J K Rowling or Suzanne Collins should post reviews? Or just authors who aren’t so famous and wouldn’t get as much backlash depending on what they say in the review.

My TBR Jar

Like all authors, I read a lot. Obviously, I fell in love with reading long before I ever thought I might want to write my own story. I remember many, many library trips where I’d come home with at least 8 books each time after browsing for hours in the young adult section. Even before that, my parents have always let me pick what I wanted to read, and I’m so happy they did!

My impressionable mind was filled with dragons, magic, and tender first romances as well as death, redemption, revenge, mystery and bittersweet endings.

Recently, I looked through my bookshelves and my ereader and wrote down all the books (and ebooks) I owned that I hadn’t yet read, on slips of paper and put them in a jar. I figured, each time I finished a book, I could draw a random piece of paper and that will be the next book I read. My only rules for myself were:

  1. If I end up not liking the book, I’m allowed to not finish it and draw another paper for a new book
  2. If I draw the name of a book in the middle of a series, I’ll just read the first one, or the next that I haven’t read yet

Today, my husband, mother and I were on a trip out of town and of course I asked hubby if we could stop at the bookstore on the way home. This independent bookstore is one of my alltime favorite places, I just wish it were closer to where I live. I came home with 2 hardcovers and added their names to the jar.

TBR_jar

On the trip back home, I finished reading an ebook that I’d drawn from the jar a few days ago, so I got to pick a new one. Funnily enough, after a lot of mixing and not looking, I drew the name of one of the 2 new hardcovers I just bought today!

Don’t you love randomness?

(And yes, my jar is totally a washed, reused Tostitos cheese jar. Deal with it.)

Voila—a blog.

I’m probably not going to blog about writing here. I want this site to be for readers, so this space will mostly be for book updates, possibly giveaways, bonus content, good music, interesting things I’d like to share with you guys, and maybe even reading recommendations.

Since this is a personal blog about my life as a writer and my books, feel free to close the window if you don’t like what you read.

To start: obviously you can’t really know a person through a blog where he or she could easily censor what they write or only present one side of them. I hope that my blog posts don’t offend anyone but I am going to be myself here. My introverted, contemplative, fangirl, curious and weird self. I’m a very private person, but I have flaws and hopes and dreams like any of you. Surprise: authors are real people. Most are not celebrities!

These posts will not be regular because I cannot stick to a schedule. Besides that, I don’t always have something to share or update on a regular basis.

With that out of the way, welcome to my corner of the interwebs!