Recently I’ve been getting comments in Twitter DMs, or Goodreads emails or just emails to the blog basically saying that I’m not an objective reviewer because I rarely rate below 3 stars. I know I don’t have to – but I’d like to address that impression briefly.
Most importantly of all – I do not ever purchase or request ARCs of books that I don’t think I’m going to enjoy. I mean, really, why would I do that? I only have so much real-life money to spend on books and so much free time to read… why in the world would I pick up something that I know going in isn’t a book that I’m going to love?
Second in importance… I’m not a professional reviewer. I’m a reader first and foremost of all. I happen to love Romance novels in all (or most) of the sub-genres available today. I started the blog because I like to share my thoughts with other readers, maybe find a new to me author, or introduce someone to an author that I enjoy. Book talk, simple.
Thirdly, someone famous once said that no two readers ever read the same book. And this is very true. We all bring something different to each story we read – our history, our beliefs, our emotions, ourselves so how is it possible for everyone to react to one story the exact same way? It’s not. My reviews are my opinions – they are not Aunt Sally’s or the cat lady down the street’s but mine and if I happen to be entertained enough to say I loved a story enough to give it 4.5 stars… then that’s my opinion and my right. No one has to agree with me, and no one should take me to task for not sharing their opinion of the written word either.
Fourthly… well, I think Rhett Butler said it best when he uttered, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” I want to spread my love of reading, it really is that simple. I love to escape my reality and head off into my imagination fueled by someone else’s imagination through the pages of a book. And if I think that book that you’d only give 2 stars to is worth 5 stars to me… well, that’s okay, because we each read a book and reacted differently. Not one thing wrong with that reality. /end rant