A Personal Observation – Goodreads and Reviewing
June 23, 2012 4 Comments
I signed up on Goodreads a few years back, but didn’t actively start using it until last year. I have to admit, I like this site for finding books, but most of all, I like reading the reviews from other people. Because everyone has different tastes, it’s interesting to see what they liked and didn’t like about a book. I like the star rating system as well. The only thing I find a little discouraging is all the star reviews without a written one. Especially the numerous star ratings that come en masse. I don’t know why people do this. I’m not criticising, I just don’t understand. Especially if someone gives a book a three star or lower. What about the book didn’t they like? The characters? The plot? The purple elephant in a pink tutu that kept popping up? What?
Written reviews also help out the author. Believe it or not, there are some of us who want to know what you didn’t like about our story, and we won’t have an internet meltdown (unless that’s why you posted the bad review, then you’re a troll and can f*** off.) I have only one book I didn’t do a review for, but I plan on changing that. Writers like the feedback, just as long as it’s not nasty on purpose.