When you go on Goodreads to check out book reviews, do you read the five stars or do you skip down to the lower ones who might give a more critical opinion?
Sometimes, I feel like five star reviews get a bad rap. This is why I don’t rate books on my review blog, and I don’t like rating on Goodreads, though I do it anyway to support the authors. I know how important those little stars are.
So what’s the point of reviewing books anyway?
In my opinion, it’s not to criticize a book. A reviewer’s goal shouldn’t be to discourage or even encourage readers on a particular piece of writing.
Reviews should be to find a proper audience for said book.
If you hated a book, there is someone out there who loved it. If you loved a book, there’s someone out there who hated it. Your job isn’t to convince them it was a great (or horrible) book with your review, it should be to show why you think what you think, and let your readers decide if it’s something they are interested in.
I like reading book reviews because I like seeing other people’s opinions, and it expands my own opinion by seeing things I didn’t see before. Usually, I only read reviews after reading a book, unless I discover a book through a blog review, and sometimes it boggles my mind as to how different my own opinion is from others. And some reviews just make me sad for the author. No one who has put in the time and effort to write a book should be belittled or put down for it.
I write reviews so I can match the perfect reader to the perfect book because there’s nothing better than finding a book that makes you happy.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is words matter.