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A Reader of Fictions: Author-Blogger Relations

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

Author-Blogger Relations

Authors are brilliant, wonderful people. I'm so glad that you do what you do, and that you write books that I and others can read. Do I love them all? No, but I don't have any expectations that I will or that I should. Like most bloggers, I write negative reviews and I offer criticism. It's part of the whole book reviewing thing. Most authors know how to treat reviewers and how to deal with such criticism. This post is not about them. You're all awesome and should keep doing what you do.

In the last couple years, I've seen so many examples of authors getting mad over a review a blogger has had the audacity to write about their book. I've been lucky and haven't had that happen to me personally. However, it still saddens me every single time that it happens. There are a lot of reasons why it's not a good idea to take on a reviewer over a negative review.

Why an Author Commenting Backfires:
Since most authors have a much larger following than any book reviewer, any sort of comment makes the author look like Goliath and the reviewer David. Even IF their review had flaws, the author's not going to come out of this looking good. Foz Meadows talked about this much better than I ever could.

I want to speak to a couple of other reasons, ones that make it in the author's self-interest not to say a thing online. Of course, negative reviews can hurt, but that's when you rant to friends offline or in a DM or an email.

Commenting with criticism of a review, whether fair or not, only legitimizes said review. The author, by showing indignation, and feeling the need to "disprove" the reviewer's comments also displays a lack of confidence in his/her own work. Generally, such commenters try to say that they truly don't care about the individual review, but simply need to set the record straight. However, there is a flaw in that. People who do not care, do not comment. Reviews are subjective, and reviewers can put whatever they want in them. No book will please every reader, and there are so many reasons for that, many of them related to personal experience or reading background. An author commenting to say that a person's reasons for liking a book aren't valid suggests that the reviewer has hit a sore spot, criticized an area where secretly they feel they might have made the wrong call. Maybe that's not the case, but, generally, that's how I feel when I see that. If a review truly didn't have any good points to make, the author would dismiss it and figure that other people will do so as well, because it simply is not a well done review. Thinking back, all the reviews I've seen attacked have been well-written, honest reviews, because those are the ones that make an author feel insecure.

On top of that, by commenting indignantly, the author assures that a review which would likely have died in obscurity will now be seen by thousands of people, rather than a couple hundred. Is this really the desired outcome? Bloggers feel solidarity, and many will plan never to read an author's books if they've seen such behavior, both out of a lack of desire to support such actions in any way and out of a fear that, should they review one of this author's books, such an attack may come their way. Much as bloggers may be seen by authors as balls of negativity hating on books for attention, we generally  would like to avoid such controversies, despite the additional pageviews they bring.

Keep in mind too that bloggers are not professional reviewers and that most of us do not want to be. Blogger reviews might break from what is considered acceptable commentary in PW or Kirkus, but we're speaking to our experiences, and I, as a reader of reviews, find that refreshing and helpful. There are some bloggers I respect a lot whose negative reviews almost never make me remove a book from my to-read list, because I know we react to things so differently. Readers of reviews are smart enough to know whether the subjective issues the reviewer had will result in a similar experience were they to read the book. If the commentary listed is something the reader identifies with, they might pass on the author's book and spare them another review with similar complaints. This is, in the end, beneficial.

A Not for Bloggers:
Bloggers do have certain codes of behavior they should meet as well, so it's certainly not all on authors and bloggers can do no wrong. Things bloggers should not do:

1) Talk about the author rather than the book in a review. Review the book, not the author. Even if the author is, in your opinion, a horrible human being, ad hominem attacks never look good. Don't do it, because it gives all of us a bad rep.

2) Tweet the author a link to your negative review, unless you know them and that they're okay with that. Posting a negative review on the internet is one thing, but, in essence, forcing the author to read it by tweeting it to them is another. Plus, what are you hoping to get out of tweeting the author the review? Do you want them to respond with their thoughts on it? Do you expect the author to RT your rant about why someone should probably read a different book? There's no reason why they should have to do that.

Happy Thoughts:
Obviously, the internet changes dynamics between authors and readers, and we can all have a dialog in ways that weren't possible before. That is an amazing, wonderful thing. I've had wonderful interactions with authors, even ones whom I gave some amount of criticism to. Some of those authors I'm even very close to now. When I write a negative review or a bit of criticism in a four star review or whatever, I mean the author no ill will. My thoughts are about the book alone. Authors who recognize this and are wonderful are ones that I specifically remember and I will recommend their books a bit more than I might have otherwise, because I want to support them as people.

Here are some shout outs to authors who have been amazing to me personally, and I encourage anyone who reads this to add some stories of their own, because this is the sort of behavior that can be wonderful. Click on the author's name to go to their Goodreads author page and check out their books!

Lenore Appelhans
Lindsay Ribar
E.C. Myers
Sarah Strohmeyer
Inara Scott
Maryanne O'Hara
Elsie Chapman
Rhiannon Frater

All of these authors reached out to me about 3-4 star reviews and were incredibly kind and grateful. I'm probably forgetting a couple, because my memory is awful, but most authors generally don't comment, so it's not a ton of experiences. Whenever I see bad author behavior, I think of these authors and smile, remembering that most are wonderful, professional people like them, not the ones who act out in the face of criticism.

Let's all keep it classy.

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38 Comments:

Blogger Amy said...

Fabulous post Christina! You put it all perfectly. :)

June 22, 2013 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks, Amy! I hope so. I would just love for us to all get along and sing songs like a Disney movie. Haha.

June 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM  
Blogger GillyB said...

I wish I could bake a cake filled with rainbows and smiles and everyone would eat and be happy! I really do. Obviously, that won't happen all the time, but obviously I agree SO MUCH with this post, and with everything Foz Meadows said. There is no WRONG WAY to review a book, technically, but there is certainly a WRONG WAY to address a review. Best not to do anything at all, unless you respond in a one hundred percent POSITIVE way.

June 22, 2013 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

YUM RAINBOW CAKE. I really wish we could all be friends. I've been singing Smashmouth the whole time I wrote this post. I just wish authors got that addressing a reviewer anything but positively only ends in tears.

June 22, 2013 at 1:23 PM  
Blogger Kara_Malinczak said...

Thank you for turning all the negative into a positive. Yesterday, Emily Murdoch tweeted, thanking all the bloggers, even the negative reviewers, for being wonderful. I thought that was a very kind thing of her to do. So I wanted to throw my hat in the ring for her.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Samantha Shannon for the lovely things she said at BEA about reviews being for readers, and how all interpretations of her book are valid, even the negative ones.

I've gotten a lot of kind and supportive messages from authors during this whole mess. I wish it hadn't happened at all but most authors are wonderful people, and I always knew that, but the validation helps cement that fact.

June 22, 2013 at 1:43 PM  
Blogger Alexia said...

This was a great post. I generally don't tweet negative reviews to authors however the one time I did do it,the author was incredibly generous about it.Eve Carter took my extremely critical review of her first piece of erotica SO kindly.She is truly one of those classy authors that we bloggers like to interact with.

Obviously we will get more attention when we review a book and give it 4-5 stars.Authors will retweet & comment etc on our tweets & posts.

I have not had a bad experience with authors yet.

June 22, 2013 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I try to do that when unhappy things make me want to write a blog post. I really don't want to just feed the machine. There are SO many times where being in this community is wonderful, and I want to remember them.

Thanks for sharing stories!

Yes, it's always wonderful to remember that, and it's wonderful how supporters will come out to let you know that.

June 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, that's awesome that she reacted so well. Angel Lawson was telling me about her experience as an author, and said she retweets negative reviews, and I thought that was so classy of her.

That's not always the case, at least I know negative reviews tend to get more attention on Goodreads, but those are negative reviews that are well thought out and that people agree with.

That's fantastic! I've only had one bad experience over a review, and I'm grateful.

June 22, 2013 at 1:54 PM  
Blogger kimbacaffeinate said...

Great post Christina, my blogger tips and tricks next week is about writing a negative review. I saw the drama unfold this week and it makes me so sad. I think your opinions on this subject are valid. Look for it in my Around the Blogoshere tomorrow on the Sunday Post.

June 22, 2013 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

The drama really is depressing. Will look forward to your post.

June 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM  
Blogger Christine D. said...

This is such a great post. It articulates the sentiments of many of us. I do not see why many authors fail to see the constructive aspect of a negative review. In fact, even in my glowing reviews, I mention what displeased me. I have yet to encounter a perfect book. I do not write my reviews with the author's ego in mind, nor will I ever. I know a review can leave an author fuming, but there are ways to combat that, ways that ensure that they don't reduce the blogger while reducing their own reputation. Even the greatest authors have received negative feedback. Reviews are reader's responses. They will vary. Also, I never tweet negative reviews to the author. Now that would be hurtful to do in my opinion. Great post, Christina. As always, you're clear-headed and frank.

June 22, 2013 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger Jen @ Pop! Goes The Reader said...

I think this is such a wonderful idea for a post, Christina! :) Hopefully it will inspire a little reflection and allows both sides to come to some important realizations about their behaviour and their respective roles in all this.

While I would never want to hurt an author's feelings by posting a negative review, I don't feel that I should be dissuaded from writing openly and honestly about my feelings about any given book for fear of reprisal. This sort of drama really compromises the ability to have open dialogue about literature, and I think we can all agree that that's truly a shame.

For my part, I try to identify both what I liked and didn't like about a book in my reviews. Even in the case of books I've absolutely abhorred, I try to touch on what did work for me, or what might work for someone else. I find this is a more balanced approach, and will hopefully demonstrate that I never review a book with the malicious intent of hurting someone's feelings or simply panning a book for the sake of it.

June 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Lyn Kaye said...

Ohh!! Thank you for the list!

June 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Katie M. Stout said...

Elsie's been fab to me too, and I really like her! Other authors that have been super sweet to me personally as a reviewer are...

Elise Allen
Josephine Angelini
Lisa T. Bergren
Susan Dennard
Sarah J. Maas (who recognized me from Twitter when I saw her at a signing, which basically made my day lol)
A.G. Howard
Ingrid Paulson

And authors that I think are crazy cool but who I haven't interacted with as much include (but are definitely not limited to)...

Daisy Whitney
Amanda Sun
Julie Kagawa
Beth Revis
Anna Banks
Marissa Meyer
Claudia Gray
Trish Doller

There are lots of amazing authors who interact on social media with lots of grace and awesomeness, but sadly, they often get overshadowed by those who behave badly :(

June 23, 2013 at 12:07 AM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

We're so often given the 'authors are people too' line, but it also works in reverse - bloggers/reviewers/readers are also people. Being nice, or even just polite to each other is easy.

I posted a two star review of a book last year, and the author contacted me to thank me for my honesty and said that my comments were actually helpful to him as a writer. I went on to read the next book in the series after we spoke about his writing process and I really enjoyed it.

Rhiannon Frater is one of my favourite authors to interact with :-)

June 23, 2013 at 4:47 AM  
Blogger Evie Seo said...

Awesome, thoughtful post Christina! I agree with all the points you made, especially about tweeting a negative review to an author. I know a blogger who did that and it didn't end well. Of course, that said blogger tweeted her (VERY) negative review @ both the author and the publisher. Multiple. Times. I know that didn't end well, the publisher got very upset. The author didn't say anything, she was very professional, but the publisher certainly didn't like the unprofessional behavior of the blogger.

I do post negative review sometimes - we all do, and thankfully, I never had any bad experiences with authors. In fact, we just posted a somewhat negative review of PODs on the blog, and the author commented on it in a very professional, understanding way. She said she appreciates all opinions and if the reviewer has any further thoughts on how she could improve her story/writing, she can email her any time. I thought that was very cool :) There are some truly awesome authors out there.

Thanks for the great post!

June 23, 2013 at 6:07 AM  
Blogger Kimberly @ On the Wings of Books said...

This is excellent! Personally I've never had a bad experience with an author, I've actually had quite good experiences with authors (Fiona Paul and Mike Mullin are the two the come to mind right now) for which I'm very grateful.

I don't write many negative reviews (1. I feel like I'm picking better books for me and 2. This year I've been much quicker to just give up on a book and move on) but I did just write a 2 star review for a book that every I know that's read it LOVED IT and I'll admit that I briefly wondered if people were going to freak out on me about it. I'm posting it because I refuse to let what *might* happen dictate what I do with my own blog but it sucks that that thought even had to cross my mind. I hate this drama and controversy stuff!

June 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Terrific post, Christina. You are spot-on on every point.

I've been very fortunate to have only good interactions with the authors who have contacted me (named below), but like many bloggers, I've worried about fallout if I publish a negative review. One thing I always try to do is balance the review: here's what was good, here's what didn't work or bothered me. If the negative part of my reaction to a book was personal rather than objective (i.e., based on my own likes/dislikes/triggers), I try to make that clear. I honestly don't want to hurt any author's feelings, but as a reviewer, I owe it to my own readers to be honest -- honest, not mean.

Two more authors to add to the list of wonderful to interact with:

Susan Elia MacNeal
G. M. Malliet

June 23, 2013 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger Christina (Christinareadsya) said...

I've honestly stopped tweeting at any author any reviews unless I LOVEDLOVEDLOVED the book.

Truthfully, I'm a little squishy with any author interacting with me about a review. Two authors have emailed me about reviews, and in each, though they were kind and thanked me, one even telling me to continue my work though I had essentially said I didn't know whether I would recommend her book, they both defended their books. One told me what I had criticized in the first book would be resolved in the second, and another told me, yes, this really happened to me, etc. etc. So it doesn't matter if it was stereotypical.

And I lost both of them, because honestly, what do you say then? I'm sorry, our opinions are not likely to align? Are you trying to convince me otherwise? (?) There are some days when I wonder whether there truly is a space for authors to interact with readers, or whether the whole emphasis on social media for authors and readers has gone a bad way.

It's cool though that you've had some positive experiences with authors :).

June 23, 2013 at 11:02 PM  
Blogger Lilian said...

"...all the reviews I've seen attacked have been well-written, honest reviews, because those are the ones that make an author feel insecure."
Now I kinda want to be attacked by an author...kinda.

I often see myself as a Debby Downer sometimes with reviews. I give more negative reviews than positive. This might be partly due to negative reviews writing themselves a lot easier than positive ones. I need to come up with more ways to say "I LOVE THIS BOOK TO BITS, PLEASE READ IT."

I never believe PW or Kirkus reviews. They often sound more like a verbose regurgitation of the blurb than a review to me. Not very helpful.

I get tense when author's comment. Even if it's just a "Thanks for the review!" comment. I get even more frightened when they comment 15 minutes after I post the review because they probably keep very close tabs on how their book is doing on a daily basis. Sometimes wordpress visitor data gives me more info than I want to know. True story.

"Tweet the author a link to your negative review"
I definitely learned this. It wasn't THAT negative...okay, maybe it was. Before writing a review, I usually set up the tags/automatic tweet options...and I would tag the author. I soon realized I probably should never tag an author until after I write the review.

"Talk about the author rather than the book in a review."
I'm definitely trying to be more mindful of that one recently and tell myself "it's the work, not the person" when I write. It's also what my art professor tells us when we have critiques. However, sometimes critique is hard to swallow. When I pour your blood, sweat, and tears into making something the best I can make it and people criticize it, it really "feels" like they are criticizing me as a person.
With that said, I sometimes do mention the author in my reviews, but I refrain from mentioning them by name if it is something that can be seen as negative.

With that said, I recently read a book I HATED. I literally wanted to throw the book at a wall. But my Kindle Fire is too expensive for that. With a bit of research, I found out a lot of the book was derived from the author's experiences. There were details from the protagonist that echoed the author's biography, and it made the review hard to write. I wasn't sure how much the protagonist was a manifestation of the author, which made me hesitant to criticize the protagonists faulty character. Seriously though, that character was a self-righteous douchebag.
I imagine I would be in the same crisis if I had to review a memoir.


It's wonderful you have such great relationships with authors! I think I'm still hesitant to reach out, though experience proves that great friends don't always translate to great authors.

Thanks for your post, Christina. *applauds*

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

June 24, 2013 at 6:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yup, it's the rare review I write that doesn't have any criticism. Some of my four stars don't and the five stars don't, but that's about it. With the four stars, it's just that usually the only thing missing is me getting emotionally involved in the book, and I get tired of taking a paragraph just to say that.

I agree. My sympathies would be less with the blogger in an author attack if they'd tweeted the review to the author. While, yes, the author still shouldn't go on the warpath, it would be a case of both being in the wrong. Bad for everyone.

June 24, 2013 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Thanks! I doubt many authors will actually see it, except for my author friends who are awesome and know this stuff already. Still, sometimes you just have to say something to get it out of your system.

Exactly. I mean the author no ill will when I write a negative review. Even at my most vitriolic, it's just a book that didn't work for me, and there's no saying whether another of the author's might work for me down the road.

I do that as well. It's rare that I cannot come up with any praise or any criticism.

June 24, 2013 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Very true. There are so many wonderful authors. I restricted it to ones I've interacted with whose books I've read (and didn't give five stars to), but you're right to honor all of them. Awesomeness should be rewarded!

June 24, 2013 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Exactly. We're all people, and we're doing the best we can. There's so much that's personal in this world, that there's really no call to get so upset by something that's not personal. We're not attacking you or trying to ruin your career; we just didn't like your book and had to review honestly.

Awww, that's really awesome!

June 24, 2013 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh yeah, you really just shouldn't do that. Tweeting the negative review once is one thing, but repeatedly? Oof. No. Bad idea.

I post more negative reviews than average, I think, but I still like more of the books that I read than not, so I don't think I'm doing too badly.

So many authors are cool about this stuff. I wish the others would learn from them!

June 24, 2013 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, both Fiona and Mike seem really nice. I know I've talked to Mike before.

Ha, I write a fair number, both because I'm interested in so much that I cast a really wide net and because I don't DNF much. It's so rare that a book strikes me as irredeemable within fifty pages or so. Hmmm, I wonder what book. *investigates*

June 24, 2013 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

One of the best things about reading backlist titles is I feel so much safer when I post negative reviews. I'll be reading Fallen and Hush, Hush, thanks to my reader suggestion feature, but I'm not as worried as I would be for a new book. I do try to include what praise I can, even in negative reviews, though it's not always possible. And, yes, if I think it was me and not the book, I try to explain my own biases.

June 24, 2013 at 9:03 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Same here. I almost never tweet the author for anything below a 4.5. I just don't want to take the chance. I'll tweet the publisher for 3.5/4 sometimes, and, if they want, they can tag the author, but I don't want to shove anyone's face in criticism. I'm sure the editors look at feedback sometimes and can get the author what notes they need.

Oh, I don't mind author comments as long as they're polite, but I know I'm weird in that respect. Oh dear, but those circumstances are definitely uncomfortable. Even if they're being polite, they're trying to correct your experience. I guess I can see letting someone know book two will be more their speed, but the fact that the author experienced that doesn't make your experience with that book different.

I think there is space, because I've made some great friends through social media. I was Lindsay Ribar's first review, and we've been friends ever since. I even got to meet her in person at BEA!

June 24, 2013 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

It's sad that you don't read more things that you love. I don't think I could deal with reading as much as I do if I didn't like more than half of the books I was reading. You have fortitude.

I actually struggle more with the 2.5/3 stars than the books I loved. haha. Apparently that's weird though.

Yeah, I really don't give a shit what PW thought of something. All of the professional publications like the weirdest stuff.

I don't mind if they comment, as long as they're completely nice. I've not had any that upset me, honestly. My only author drama over a review was on Twitter, mostly in DMs too.

Yeahhhh, don't do that. It can only end in tears.

What I do is try to avoid using the authors name in sentences with criticism. You know, so I won't say "Author's writing in this book leaned towards sexist." but would instead say the book leaned that way. If I'm criticizing something, I try to leave the author out of it. In compliments, I'll mention the author, like "Author is obviously well-researched." Blah, blah, blah.

Huh. What book?

Right, reaching out is tough. These are authors who reached out to me to some degree. I don't really reach out to them anymore, after that awkward instance where we were Twitter friends until I didn't like the author's book and the author was PISSED.

June 24, 2013 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

"It's sad that you don't read more things that you love."
I know. *sulks* It's also due to unfinished books just haunting me. And I am pretty much beyond saving after the 25 page mark. I just HAVE to finish the book at that point. Even if it keeps getting worse and makes me want to bang my head on a wall. I CAN ONLY KNOW JOY IF I THERE'S PAIN!

"You have fortitude."
...now I want to keep proving I have fortitude by reading a bunch of horrible books.

BUT I was on a roll earlier...I really enjoyed Eleanor and Park, Girl of Fire and Thorns (though I know you aren't a big fan of it,) and Just One Day. Contemporary is not my primary reading genre, but I'm definitely enjoying it a lot more than I imagined I would.

The book was Austin Grossman's You--a product of my obsession with finding another Ready Player One. It was one of those very few books that I am puzzled ANYONE could possibly enjoy. I know I have no patience, but it's easily the most boring book I've never encountered. I feel like I can tackle Tolstoy now. I seriously think I deserve a medal for finishing it. If an ice age comes, You will be first book I burn. But...maybe I'm just not the target audience because a few video game websites gave it glowing reviews.

On the other hand, negative reviews interest me. Despite the backlash, I kinda want to try September Girls...

This reminds me! I met a YA author on Omegle (yes, I am still talking to random strangers) hoping to get published. And it scared me when she asked me what "dystopian" was. I was even more frightened when she said she's never read Atwood, Huxley, Vonnegut, Bradbury, or Orwell and that the only YA book she's read recently was Twilight.
And after our conversation, I kept wondering if one day she asks me to review her book--will I be able to remove the whole "She doesn't know what dystopian is? Her vocabulary must be severely limited and her book must be horrible." notion.


"I actually struggle more with the 2.5/3 stars than the books I loved."
Congratulations! You are a nice person. *pat pat*

Lilian @ A Novel Toybox

June 24, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Yup, I'm the same way. If I've read more than 10 percent, I'll probably keep going. If I'm passed twenty percent, I almost never DNF unless it's the most boring book on the whole planet. I also really hate that people don't get that, and they'll be passive aggressive with me when I finish I book that I hate. X_X

Uhhhhh, if you have to. #goodlifechoicefail

I wasn't a huge GoFaT fan, no, but Crown of Embers was AWESOME. Really excited for The Bitter Kingdom. It's all worth it for Hector. Also, I love Just One Day and E&P. A little surprised you liked those. Only in the last couple years have I discovered I actually love contemps now. They sucked so hard when I was a teen.

Oh right. I saw that and i think I removed it from my tbr. Not sure, though. I usually wait for a couple negative reviews from friends before I officially say NEVER.

Hahaha, DO IT. You said you wanted to persevere!

Ummm, no. You should have more awareness of the book world if you're going to be published.

June 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Also, not convinced that makes me nice. The negative reviews tend to come pretty easily.

June 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM  
Blogger Lilian said...

...the awkward moment when you realize Girl of Fire and Thorn's acronym is GoFat. MIND=BLOWN. IS THIS INTENTIONAL?

"A little surprised you liked those."
I am more surprised than you. Particularly with Just One Day, which made me want to try a macaron. I never had one before...*sniff sniff* They just look so ARTIFICAL with their pastel colors.

I used to read a lot more of them. I don't know if the quality got better, or it's because I only read contemps that have been given good reviews--and not just pulling anything off the library shelves. I remember reading a LOT of books about proms. I also read A LOT of Mary-Kate and Ashley books as a tween. And Lizzie McQuire tie-ins. I only recently found out Lizzie McQuire takes place in MIDDLE SCHOOL.

I challenge you to read You. It will be an accomplishment worth celebrating.

What are 2.5/3 star books then? The average, in-betweeners?

June 24, 2013 at 11:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Right? I use the acronym any time I can, because it makes me giggle. Because I am a terrible person. I want to believe Carson did that on purpose. And the series is called Fire and Thorns, so it's FAT. Bahaha.

Macarons do not look delicious. I mean, where's the chocolate?

OH MAN. I read so many Full House books when I was a teen. Lizzie Maguire? O_o

Wahhhhh

2.5 are ones that I didn't like but didn't precisely dislike. They're generally sort of boring, but with a couple of good moments.

3s I liked, but sometimes there's not much to say about them really. It was entertaining but unimpressive. Though some of those are easy, because it was SUPER good to read, but had lots of frustrating things I had to dock points for. Just depends.

June 24, 2013 at 11:16 AM  
Blogger Micheline D said...

Perfectly said! Great post Christina! I think it's sad how some authors just don't value or respect bloggers as a legit review mode and lash out when any of us dislike their books. At the same times finding out which authors are like that when they show their true colours is a good way to clean up the TBR list o_O Anyways thanks for sharing your thoughts much more eloquently and fairly than I ever could!

June 25, 2013 at 5:20 PM  
Blogger Bookworm1858 said...

I've had good experiences with Sarah Strohmeyer too. In general though I prefer the author doesn't say anything about my review even if it's the most gushing thing because I think she can do no wrong (to think that, say, Rainbow Rowell read my reviews of Eleanor and Park and Attachments would freak me out). I don't like that level of connection because I tend to think that I review for other readers.

June 29, 2013 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

There's also a lot of putting us down because we don't follow professional reviews, but we're not trying to do so generally. Unless I linked them to my review, I really don't see how it could ever be bullying. Plus, my review might save them from further negative reviews. I'm HELPING.

July 2, 2013 at 11:48 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Oh, that's cool! See, I don't mind if they see...sometimes. If I'm proud of the review, the author seeing it doesn't bother me. I was happy for Rainbow Rowell to see my Fangirl review, for example. Other times, I don't feel like I've done my feelings/the book justice and no. Nor do I want them to read it if it's negative and will ruin their day.

July 2, 2013 at 2:08 PM  

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