I’ve not been a book reviewer long (a little over a month) and all ready I’ve gotten a bit of a rep as a “hard-nosed” one. That was something that I wasn’t expecting. I mean I am a bit of a marshmallow/people pleaser. I want people to like me. As a writer I understand the time, and struggle that goes into a story. I expected to be one of the reviewers that were giving four and five-star reviews all the time. In fact, when I first applied for the position at The Christian Manifesto my editor asked me to do a “negative” review so they could see that I was capable of writing one. I surprised when I wrote it, at how ardent I became as I pointed out flaws and disappointments in the work. Looking back, I can see hints of what I am experiencing now; disappointment in a book feels like betrayal.
Maybe that’s at the heart of it, the reader part of me feels betrayed when a book doesn’t live up to its hype or promise.
Even if this is the truth, I don’t want to hurt or damage the authors who have produced less than what was promised. I also don’t want people spending their hard-earned money and valuable time on a read that isn’t going to satisfy them. What I need to do, is find a good balance between sharing my opinion of a book, and respecting the investment of time and talent the author has put into the work.
So, how do I do that? I’m looking at you Millard, and you Kaleb and you Noah. All of you who run blogs for book reviews and have reviewed for several years (or at least longer than I have been reviewing books) give me some tips and tricks. They are greatly appreciated.