Why I won’t review your book

There are so many great blogs that I follow, it’s hard to find time to keep up with them. I try my best though because there’s always something to learn or to laugh about or commiserate with. It feels a bit like taking a liberty to refer to these writers as friends, but they do come to feel like they truly are. I know sometimes I miss out on reading important posts, but I’m so glad I did not miss this one. Barb Taub tackles the sometimes sensitive issue of being a book reviewer in the best post I’ve ever read on the topic. I hope you will find a few minutes to see what she has to say and leave your own comment. Thanks, Barb !

Barb Taub

Why do you give such high ratings to all the books you review?”

cocaineIt’s a fair question, and not the first time I’ve been asked. The answer is simple. I don’t review books I know I won’t like. That doesn’t mean I only accept them from a particular genre, but rather that I triage the ones I read. If I can tell right away that I won’t like it, I don’t accept it for a review. If I get a few chapters into it and realize my review will be under three stars, I tell the author. (Not one has ever asked that I go ahead with the review.)

I was adding a review to Goodreads recently for a book that had almost all five-star reviews and noticed there was one reviewer who only gave it two stars. I was curious, so I looked at that review. The reviewer…

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