Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Blogging Challenged: Loved but Unreviewed

Right, so, the usual bit of context: Weekly Blogging Challenge over at Long and Short Reviews. Hit their homepage to see the current week's responses, and add a link to your own if you're so inclined.

This week's challenge is "Books I loved but never wrote reviews for".

Y'all, I have a confession to make.

I don't write reviews. I've made recommendations here on the Blog o' Doom and even on Facebook and Twitter, but I don't write reviews on Amazon or Goodreads or Barnes & Noble. To be honest, I'm not even entirely certain why. It's something about the format, I think. I'm just not comfortable writing there. And I feel somewhat guilty about that, because I know that reviews (even bad ones) are really critical for authors, and especially so for authors without a big promotional push behind them.

So, books that I loved but never wrote reviews for? That's... that's all of them.


  1. I like that you're honest and consistent. :) I'll be honest, too. Although I write reviews, I generally don't read them when I'm looking for a new book. It's true that reviews can help authors, but so does word of mouth. Telling readers about your favorite books and recommending them is just as important. So, I don't think you should feel guilty at all. Keep doing what you're doing! :)

    1. That actually does make me feel a little better. And I do recommend things by word of mouth quite a lot.

  2. It's okay, Michael. You've got a lot of other stuff on your plate. And talking about your favourite books is important, too, like Tricia said. :)

    My TTT.

  3. Never mind the fact that you can say something completely innocuous - and accurate - and get dogpiled on for it. Reviewing isn't for everyone, that's for certain.

  4. I'm not permitted to write reviews for posting on amazon because I was outted as an author (Duh, I'm a writer) to the 'zon and they said it was a conflict of interest. Shrugs. So, I find other ways. :-) Good post.

  5. I tend to write reviews on a quid pro quo basis. It's the only way I get reviews. I have to really like a book or movie to review it otherwise.

  6. Loved your honesty! Thanks for sharing!


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