Hey everyone. I just want to address a certain subject that I've heard whispers about lately.
If you look at my blog, you will see that many of the recent reviews, are all 5 stars. Most of the time, the books I read will get rated 4 and above. Someone recently made the comment that they wouldn't take recs from a reviewer who rates everything 4 and above, specifically for the reason that they (they being me) are not harsh enough. Now of course everyone is entitled to their opinion, I'm a free speech and thought kind of person , I respect whatever you want to think.
I want you all to know, that I LOVE the books I read. As a reader, I know exactly what it is I am looking for, which is why I specifically purchase those books and request those books and not other books that I don't feel I would enjoy.
If I don't enjoy a book by a certain point, I stop reading. If I don't finish it, then I don't review it. Hence, why the majority of my reviews are high rates.
I just want you all to know I'm not simply reading books and raving about every single one I can get my hands on. If you take a look around and ask other bloggers (as I already have) you will see that there are A LOT of awesome books recently released and coming soon.
I bring this up because....
I really don't want my readers to think they can't trust my opinions. I don't want you thinking that I'm only here to get you to buy the books I'm raving about. Publicity of these books is certainly an important factor of blogging, we want the book world to stay strong and grow, but I'd say the most important factor is that we all love reading and enjoying books. We want to be able to find new books that we will love. There are a lot of reasons why people blog. I'm not going to say I don't enjoy the perks of being a blogger, getting free books is awesome, but it should be about something more. I know it is for me.
I know not all readers who read the same genre will love each book the same. Some will love one book that others might just hate. I know of a few books that almost EVERYBODY loved, but there were some people that just didn't like them at all. There will always be that. No author can please everyone, no matter how hard they try or no matter how awesome that would be.
Anyways, sorry for the rant. I want my readers to be able to come to my blog if they are looking for a new book and not have to worry that I rate ALL books the same. I haven't even posted a review this week because the last two books I read were also 5 Stars in my opinion. I was thinking I was just being too kind too, until many other people spoke up and said that most from this year are just that amazing.
I have already considered changing my reviewing methods because I don't want to just throw all these 5 stars around. Some people take out rates and simply stick to recommending ones they like, and thats fine. But whats the difference between me rating books I love 5 or me recommending it to everyone in a blog post, rates and recs go hand in hand in my opinion. At the end of it all though, I thought, I really love these books and I want my readers to know that. I stick by everything I have said in all of my reviews and I wouldn't change a thing.
Love you all!!! :)