What’s Your View on Reviews?

I’m curious as to what my fellow writers and readers think about reviews.

But not in that broadly framed question.

If you are a writer, what do you expect from a review? What do you expect from the corresponding rating? If you are also a reader (and you SHOULD be), can I assume that you giving ratings and reviews in the same manner in which you hope and expect to receive them?

If you are a reader who is NOT a writer, do you have a rating system that corresponds to your review of a book? Or do you just type up your review and then assign an arbitrary rating based on your feelings at the time of writing the review?  If there is something you especially like about the book, do you mention it?  If there is something you disliked, are you specific?  Do you comment on the writing style?

Please discuss in the comments.  I’m very interested in input from both sides.


11 comments for “What’s Your View on Reviews?

  1. March 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    I’m sUre if I had a book out my feelings on reviews would be different. But from this end, there are just too many blogs, too little time for reviews to snag my time and attention either way.

  2. March 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I never really got into the ratings part because it seems so personal. One person’s 3-star could be another person’s 1 or 5 star. So I look more at what is being said. I always hope it’s clear and polite even if it’s critical. If I do write a review, I try to be honest and helpful. Though I’m also a big fan of finding good and bad in a work. It’s rare that I find something that is 100% awful even if I enjoy the use of commas.

    • March 3, 2015 at 12:43 pm

      I agree about ratings; I particularly think 3 and 4 stars are difficult to decipher. That’s where a well-written and specific view is so valuable! Thanks for sharing!

      • March 3, 2015 at 12:58 pm

        I find 2’s and 3’s harder than the 4’s. I look at the 4 as slightly flawed, I guess.

  3. March 3, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I am a writer, reader and do review books. What I expect is the reviewer gives an honest opinion of the book in question. I also hope the result will not be arbitrary but with some rational thought spelled out in the review. My only restriction on the reviews I do is if I don’t finish the book I don’t write a review. I have a fifty-page rule. At the end of fifty pages, I know if the book is worthy of my time. I have never given a one or two-star reviews because those kinds of book simply don’t keep me beyond fifty pages.

    • March 3, 2015 at 11:46 am

      Excellent! Thank you for sharing!

    • March 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Ugh. I wish I could stop at 50 pages. It’s very rare for me to stop reading a book… and so if I’m to write a review and it’s horrible I have to be honest. There have been books recently that I’ve skipped reviewing. Just too hard to be tough sometimes, you know? Especially when it’s someone I know. I’d rather write to them privately.

      • March 21, 2015 at 2:34 pm

        If this ever happens with my books, please do write to me, whether publicly our privately! I hate not knowing lol :-).

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