There are MANY reasons I review books.
- I want to remember what i think about a book because I’m so forgetful
- like why did i hate or love that book?
- RANT ABOUT FEELINGS
- i have a lot of them
- share with other people why they should/ should not read something
Mainly, I want people to TRUST me. I want people to read my reviews and think – “Yeah, that’s genuine. I believe her.” I don’t want their reaction to be – “Oh she doesn’t really mean that.” because I want to be trusted.
Earlier this year, I posted something about some books I had lied about loving. This weird sort of guilt of lying about books for the hype had gotten to me; I felt the need to come clean.
I don’t mean to sound dramatic – like I had committed a crime – but I wanted everything I wrote to be taken honestly. That’s really important to me; what I say online is truthful and is believed.
I have stopped reviewing books for the last few months for a few reasons:
- I have felt demotivated about everything online.
- I didn’t have time
- I haven’t been reading much
- It felt like no one was even reading my reviews, so what was the point?
- I was reading “eh” books and didn’t have strong emotions about them
- I felt like sometimes I made things up about my feelings towards the book to make the review seem cohesive and longer.
I actually do want to go back to reviewing books. It annoys me that I haven’t been recording my thoughts on what I’ve been reading. I am honestly feeling so motivated for the new year so I hope that I can start reviewing, blogging and writing a lot more.
But I don’t mean to sidetrack into wistful dreams of being productive (ha).
What makes you seem “less-genuine” as a reviewer?
#1 Rating most books 4 or 5 stars
I think this a genuine fear I have. What if I start reading LOADS of good books and then…people just think I’m going with what’s trendy and not having my own personal opinions. Sometimes I feel pressure to have unpopular opinions about hyped books to show that I am REAL and my opinions are not fake!
Whiiiiich is kind of stupid? I think you should be able to rate however you want and still seem like a good reviewer. However, I think it’s only logical that critical reviewers will have a lower average rating? Unless you’re amazing at picking out books you know you’ll enjoy?!
#2 Not justifying your points in reviews
It’s really, really easy to “follow the hype” by saying things like “THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING. I LOVED IT.” or “I hated this book so much. It was boring.” I find you are a lot more trusted if you give specific reasons about why you felt a certain way. For example: “this character was underdeveloped as he continuously was short-tempered throughout the book. he always throws tantrums”. I mean, that was a strange example, but I think you understand.
I think it’s much easier to justify your opinions when you have negative thoughts about a book. But when you love a book? Somehow words don’t even exist. I swear it’s so hard to pinpoint what was so good about a book if EVERYTHING is good.
#3 Always having the same opinions as everyone else
I think this definitely links in with previous points. If you nearly always have the same thoughts as what most people have, people might think you’re just…going along with the crowd. If everyone hates a certain book and you do to or vice versa, and this happens with nearly every book you read, your reviews seem less-genuine. Why read what you thought of a book when everyone else has said the same thing?!
I mean, you could just have the same opinions as everyone else, or you could be letting the hype influence what you think of a book? I don’t know.
Those, to me, are the three main points of why people could not really trust your reviews. I mean, they’re just thoughts! I’m not trying to scream at everyone to have unpopular opinions and write the most in-depth reviews! To me, it’s important that people take what I say as the truth and not just think of me as some random babbler online?
So, what do you think? Do you value what other people think of your reviews or are they just for yourself? Do you have unpopular opinions a lot or not? DOES THIS TOPIC WORRY YOU?! and how is everyone dealing with the new WordPress editor, please let me know!