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Re: What do you like most about book reviewing?

Post by tamara_mc41 » 14 Nov 2014, 17:35

There is so much I enjoy about reviewing books.
I love that in some cases I get to read a book before any one else. the fact that some one is trusting you with there hard work is such a boost for me. I like that I get to express my opinion of the book I read and be heard. weather it's positive or negative, I love that when I start a review I get to hear other peoples opinions on the book as well.

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Post by Gravy » 14 Nov 2014, 20:12

I like posting reviews for books that don't seem to be getting the attention they deserve.
I don't think I could ever review for this site (I'm far too picky and would probably never find a book to review :lol: ) but I praise everyone who can.
I just like supporting the authors who give me so much enjoyment! An honest review is the least I can do .
That and talking up the ones I really like! :wink:
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Post by moderntimes » 14 Nov 2014, 22:46

One of the side benefits of reviewing books has been to establish a friendship with some of the authors of very good books, those especially who are as yet unknown. I've made some great e-pals this way.

A small side "wicked pleasure" to reviewing particularly bad books is that I can write a fairly snarky and sarcastic review, not be too rampant but still poke fun at a bad book and get a smile from the readers of the reviews accordingly.

But ya gotta be careful. I don't remember whether I mentioned this before, but some years ago when I was living in El Paso I wrote book & movie reviews for the El Paso Times. And I wrote a particularly sarcastic review of a particularly awful mystery book based in Dallas. When the author read the review he was so angry that he phoned the paper and threatened to fly down to El Paso and kick my tail!

My reaction was "Come on!" but my editor had a better grasp of things and got the author calmed down, finally persuading him that reacting angrily to bad reviews was not a good move, author-wise.

Incidentally, the book got similar other reviews and quickly tanked. It was awful, honest.

But my review got rave reviews, ha ha.
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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2014, 00:53

ALynnPowers wrote:Is anyone going to be honest and just say the real reason they like book reviewing? Free books? Anyone? 8)
I tease...


As was said above, free books are just a nice side benefit. I review my own books as well. 8)
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Post by Gravy » 15 Nov 2014, 03:19

gali wrote:I review my own books as well. 8)


Isn't that self promotion?
I kid, I jest, I joke! :lol:
Sorry couldn't help it :wink: 8)
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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2014, 03:21

Graverobber wrote:
gali wrote:I review my own books as well. 8)


Isn't that self promotion?
I kid, I jest, I joke! :lol:
Sorry couldn't help it :wink: 8)


lol :lol:
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Post by moderntimes » 15 Nov 2014, 11:22

gali wrote:As was said above, free books are just a nice side benefit. I review my own books as well. 8)


Well, reviewing your own book is a bit, er, self-aggrandizing and may involve navel-gazing and other personalized pursuits (ha ha)

Incidentally, with my recently completed 3rd mystery novel, I "finished" the book in late March but spent until September "really finishing" it, endlessly tweaking for word choice and slight changes, and scouring for typos (tpyos?) and finally declared it "done" although I must admit I've restrained from self-reviewing.

Naturally, like any new author, I've fantasized about reviews from major sources, acclaim and awards and lotsa dough resulting from the terrific reception of this still-unsold novel. But hey, a guy can hope, eh?
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Post by Syntheticaudio » 15 Nov 2014, 11:32

suegibson4 wrote:I learn a lot about writing while reviewing. While I'm dissecting another author's work, I can't help but think about my own work in progress. Many times while I'm pointing out how a particular area of an author's work affected me, I realize how I might improve my own.


I really agree with this. It definitely helps my writing and especially my own criticism of other peoples work puts my own work in a different light, which is handy in so many ways.
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Post by LivreAmour217 » 15 Nov 2014, 12:02

Foremost, I love writing reviews because I get to help authors promote and improve their works. I also enjoy being able to share books with other bibliophiles, as I don't get many opportunities to discuss books in my everyday life. Oh yes, and there's the added benefit of being able to strengthen my own writing skills. :)
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Post by gali » 15 Nov 2014, 12:47

moderntimes wrote:
gali wrote:As was said above, free books are just a nice side benefit. I review my own books as well. 8)


Well, reviewing your own book is a bit, er, self-aggrandizing and may involve navel-gazing and other personalized pursuits (ha ha)

Incidentally, with my recently completed 3rd mystery novel, I "finished" the book in late March but spent until September "really finishing" it, endlessly tweaking for word choice and slight changes, and scouring for typos (tpyos?) and finally declared it "done" although I must admit I've restrained from self-reviewing.

Naturally, like any new author, I've fantasized about reviews from major sources, acclaim and awards and lotsa dough resulting from the terrific reception of this still-unsold novel. But hey, a guy can hope, eh?


I meant books that I have bought of course. :wink:

To clarify further, I didn't write books nor do I plan to. 8)

Good luck with your book! :)
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Post by vadadagon » 15 Nov 2014, 19:14

ALynnPowers wrote:I like writing reviews for books that don't have a lot of reviews yet. From a writer's point of view, I know how exciting it is to get a review from a "stranger" as opposed to a family member or friend, so I love knowing that I am one of the first to help them out on their path to becoming a successful author.


Alynn - I have to agree. It is nice to get some feedback from someone who doesn't have a vested interest in a relationship with you. Someone you feel that can be honest and tell you their true opinion without them feeling they are letting you down or perhaps even overly criticizing your writing.

I have to say that I enjoy several things about reviewing a book and some of them are not easy to enumerate. For example I enjoy the fact that I feel a type of communion with the author and although I don't feel compelled to like the work I do want the author to succeed. I also enjoy discovering new authors who I may have never heard of or even tried without reviewing.

Most of all I enjoy the stories and worlds that I get to discover as these writers put their ideas on paper and become friends with these characters I previously didn't even know.
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Post by Hadiqa » 28 Nov 2014, 10:43

I am given importance, my opinion will be appreciated and maybe implemented. That gives a nice feeling :D

Besides, I love reading about new things, topics, and how they are different from others.
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Post by pretzelsnow » 28 Nov 2014, 17:25

The thing I like about writing reviews is that I can tell MY honest opinion about it to the world.If I thinks it's the best book ever I can shout it out for everyone to read it. If it's the worst book ever I can shout out a warning to not waste your time on it.So that's what I like about it.
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Post by Skillian » 28 Nov 2014, 17:37

I like the mode my brain is in when I know I am reading a book for review. It makes it even more enjoyable because I tap into that engagement of details, etc. Versus just going into a relaxed easy reading mindset. It also gives the whole experience more purpose... like I can help readers and authors by giving constructive criticism when necessary, give the book more exposure, etc. I have found that no matter how positive or negative... a good reviewer ultimately brings more readers. I know I have read negative reviews only to find reasons to read it, because I know the things the reviewer doesn't like... I do like.

Then also it helps me in my own writing...seeing what other's do well and where they make mistakes. It also just gives me a better eye for change when going back over my work while rewriting.

Fundamentally though... I like getting a free book and finding new authors to follow. hehehe.
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Post by ALynnPowers » 04 Dec 2014, 04:13

Skillian wrote:I like the mode my brain is in when I know I am reading a book for review. It makes it even more enjoyable because I tap into that engagement of details, etc. Versus just going into a relaxed easy reading mindset. It also gives the whole experience more purpose... like I can help readers and authors by giving constructive criticism when necessary, give the book more exposure, etc. I have found that no matter how positive or negative... a good reviewer ultimately brings more readers. I know I have read negative reviews only to find reasons to read it, because I know the things the reviewer doesn't like... I do like.

Then also it helps me in my own writing...seeing what other's do well and where they make mistakes. It also just gives me a better eye for change when going back over my work while rewriting.

Fundamentally though... I like getting a free book and finding new authors to follow. hehehe.
Can I just be lazy and ditto everything you said. Cuz it's all true, my friend! 8)

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