Thursday, March 1, 2012

"Hey, Amy, What's with All the Positive Reviews on Your Blog?"

A friend asked me if I just love any ol' book I read, because all the reviews on here are quite positive.  Perhaps you have wondered the same.  It's a fair question!

No, I do not love all the books I read.  I read a lot and certainly, there are some that are not the right fit for me--which is the point.  Just because they were not the right fit for ME doesn't mean someone else won't love it.  It's one thing to be one of many reviewers on Goodreads or Amazon.  I read those reviews and I value the ones that don't flinch from negative comments if they feel the writer deserves them. Sometimes I might give a book two stars or one star in that forum if I feel that strongly about it, because there are many others who are weighing in and it's more fair that way.

But writing a blog post about a book is something else to me.  That book I didn't like was someone's dream.  They spent hours and hours on it.  They thought about it when they were driving to the store, perhaps.  Or when they were rocking their babies to sleep.  Maybe they danced around when they got a call from an agent and cried when they first saw it in print.  This was their creative work and I don't feel comfortable spending an entire post slamming it.

So if I don't like a book-- I just don't blog about it.  I don't need to.  There's plenty of excellent books that deserve the praise and the attention and I'd rather just focus on them. 

That's my reason for writing only positive reviews.   There's no shortage of people ripping books apart all over the internet.  For me, I'll stick with my way.