I’m nice. I read. I know how desperate most authors are for book reviews. I know how hard it is to get readers—anyone—to write them.
So I should review books here, right? Wrong. And here’s why.
I know the authors, or feel as if I do.
And some of them know me. We’re friends. Friends are supportive, not judgmental.
I don’t want to make authors cry.
While authors say they want reviews, they don’t just want reviews. They expect five-star reviews, and many are crushed when they get anything less. It makes me uncomfortable because I don’t always give five-star reviews.
Not every book is good, and I have to be honest.
Sure, I could find something positive to say about any book, and I could ignore flaws. I won’t, though. I write reviews on Amazon and Goodreads under my own name, and my credibility is important to me. If I give fewer than five stars, I try to provide an explanation or constructive criticism (the things I don’t like might make the book more attractive to someone else). If I don’t like anything about the book, I stop reading it and refrain from reviewing it.
I can’t read every Northern Nevada book.
I don’t review books without reading them, and there’s no way I would have time to read every book published by Northern Nevada authors, set in Northern Nevada or about Northern Nevada.
Actually, I’m being polite. The truth is I don’t find every genre or topic interesting. I’m sorry.
I’ve been burned.
Two people (that I know of) plagiarized a review I posted here. I’m sure they were desperate for reviews, but I had put a lot of time into my review and resented the theft.
What I try to do here is gather and share information about Northern Nevada books. Although I rarely review them, I post news releases about them. When I get a free copy of a Northern Nevada book (or buy it for myself), I write a “Quick Look”—a summary without a rating. If nothing else, that gives the name and title another place to turn up in a Google search.
But I’m not resolving to write more reviews in 2016.