I’ve been thinking a bit about reviews lately. I always wish I could get more book recommendations on the blog. I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that time is a major limiting factor for me. Not only do book recommendations require reading the books you see mentioned on the site now, it requires reading until I find a book I like well enough to post about it. As a writer myself, I don’t feel comfortable talking about books that didn’t work for me. I’ve read at least a dozen SFR books in the last six months that I didn’t like well enough to talk about them. There isn’t some gold standard of book value—it is all about what you enjoy and I’m willing to accept that other readers may love the same book that didn’t work for me. But, I do think negative reviews are beneficial to readers. A negative review often has something in it that will spark me to actually read a book.
Do you use reviews when selecting books? If so, do you find the negative reviews helpful? Where do you find reviews or recommendations for SFR? Do you think their need to be more SFR review sites? Would you like to see more book reviews on Smart Girls love SciFi? What if those reviews were from other reviewers?
I would really love to hear your thoughts on this, so please comment! (That’s right, I’m not above begging.)