Must be Neko right? Anyways… I’m musing on giveaways today and am curious for your thoughts and input!
I won my first ever book the other day, actually, I think it is the only thing I have ever won… It’s a new Mercy Kilpatrick novel by Kendra Elliot, that review will be coming in the next few days lucky readers. I was one of the few chosen on Goodreads to receive a free ebook copy, with the hopes that the winners would leave reviews in return.
I guess my first question is how do you tell someone the truth? I’m polite and respectful and really don’t like hurting peoples’s feelings… I want to be honest in my reviews, but how do you tell a published author they need to invest in a thesaurus and a shell out for an editor or at least a better one? I feel weird telling an adult with over a dozen books under her belt she needs a bigger vocabulary…
Second question, should the review focus more on content? Is it appropriate to talk about being wordy in a review? Should I tag the author in the review? What do I do if I don’t like the book? Okay so that was more than a “second question”…
Kayla help me out here!
Kayla: I guess my thoughts on this personally is we should be approaching this honestly but also being kind. I know I’d personally hate for somebody to look at my writing and say things harshly, however, I wouldn’t mind feedback. Also, I feel like while some people enjoy a wide vocabulary but others may actually prefer the simplicity that some authors have. I know sometimes something extremely verbose actually prevents me from enjoying the book. I personally don’t review on vocab unless it’s something I struggle to read in which that would be my end comment.
I do also feel if I’m going to point out what I don’t like, if I finished it, I better have a few good things to say as well. We all take things better when it’s not all bad, right?
Just my two cents……
What are your thoughts on reviews? What do you prefer to see, either as an author or reader?