I received an email from one of a Goodreads’ friend asking why all my reviews have been 4 to 5 stars. They wanted to know if I could possibly be friends with the authors or maybe too nice to give less than 4 stars. It was a great question.
As much as I would like to brag and say YES! I’m friends with all my favorite authors, sadly I’m not. But how awesome would that be if I was. I will admit I’ve met a few of them at writer’s conferences and had books signed by them, but (big sigh over here) never hung out with them as a friend.
Now why do I have only 4 to 5 star ratings on my Goodreads’ reviews? Well, every book I’ve read and reviewed on there has deserved it. Yes, many of the reviews are for the same authors, but look at who they are: Karin Slaughter, JD Robb/Nora Roberts, CJ Box, Lisa Gardner, Tess Gerritsen, Michael and Kathleen Gear, Heather Graham, James Rollins, and Anthony Franze. Those authors, and many others I didn’t mention, are the top and most talented writers in their genre. They know how to spin a story that captures my attention, keep me up way past my bedtime, and make me envious of their writing skills. Also it’s the characters they created and the situations they put them through that made me a fan of them and their work. And if you look at their book reviews from other readers you’ll see I’m not the only one.
Now the brutal ugly truth. I go to the library every Friday and pick up at least five books I placed on
reserve, have two or three downloaded books on my kindle, and an audible book loaded up on my phone to listen to on the go. I’ll admit I don’t finish many of those books or audio books. Many didn’t capture my attention (I only give a book 5 chapters to do so), didn’t like the writing style, or didn’t care about the protagonist. As everyone knows reading is subjective. I may love something and someone will hate it.
I know what it’s like to write, to create a story, pouring your mind, heart, soul, and sometimes sweat into it. So yes I’m nice. I could never give a review 3 stars or less to an author’s work because it didn’t personally resonate with me, and possibly ruin it for another reader who may love it. Also there are reviewers who give constructive 3 star or less reviews better than I could. Me, I’ll go on giving 4 to 5 stars reviews to books I’ve read and hopefully it’ll lead to another reader to pick it up and spread the word.
Remember we are the heralds for authors. So please support the authors you read and give a book review.