I agree with much of the sentiment here, noting many of the same things on my prior post “My book rating system here on The GUNDERSTONE review”.
Awesome to see I am aligned with others out there!
Everyone has their own way of doing a book review and in a way that is how it should be. Always remember a book review is an opinion. That being said and out of the way, I do think there needs to be some common considerations taken.
I don’t believe published book reviews on volunteer sites should:
- Be for tearing down an author and that author’s work.
- Nor do I think a poorly written book should be praised.
- And being paid for a review just doesn’t cut it, unless you work for a site that has ads and also gets paid for the service of book reviewing like major newspapers or magazines. But that’s a job, not a volunteer thing. And even then, honesty is the best policy. For most of us, receiving a good book to review is a nice perk of book reviewing.
Poorly Written Books
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