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April 09, 2019



Excellent post, as usual, Catriona. I think it's healthy not to take any reviews too seriously. Ironic coming from me, a Raven-Award-winning book reviewer, but it's true.

Any review is just one person's opinion and can be affect by any number of things that could have absolutely nothing to do with the book. Fortunately, those of us that take it more professionally try to keep those other "things" at bay, but it is not an exact science. And certainly the average reader reviewer is not thinking: "am I being professional here?"

When I write a review, it's never for the author. I am writing for my fellow readers. I'm sure that some writers learn something from reviews - mine or others - but that is never the goal (or at least shouldn't be.)

The temptation to look would probably be more than I could resist, but if one is able to, I think that is an excellent decision. When looking at other types of reviews, there is not that personal connection; it's easier to look at thing rationally in those cases.

(For myself, I never look at reviews of books that I am going to cover on the blog, but for things that I am not going to review myself, I do have a few trusted reviewers whose opinions I value.)


I always admire the writers who say they never look at their Amazon reviews. I know I wouldn’t be able to resist, which would be a very bad thing I’m sure.

I started by reviewing at Amazon, and I always took it seriously. None of those negative reviews because the postman left the book in the rain from me. In fact, those type of reviews frustrate me. Not as much as the author, of course. Anyway, please don’t dig up my old reviews. They are rather embarrassing.

Storyteller Mary

I think a trusted friend should forward select reviews for your enjoyment, but you don't need to see the ridiculous ones. I do sometimes "tag" the authors when I share a review on FB (and I only write reviews for the books I love). ;-)
At our school was had an unspoken tradition of passing along to colleagues any positive comments we heard students say about them but might not say to them (for fear of being seen to curry favor). Negative comments would not be shared, unless action was needed.
I once put a stop to a teacher bad-mouthing another teacher in the faculty lunch room, but I would not repeat the comments, even when asked to, because she didn't need those words in her brain. Hugs <3

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