I did not start this blog so that authors would send their books for honest reviews. I started this blog because I needed a space to rant about the books I’ve came to love (dislike), and authors I’ve came to respect and love even more (bye to some).
I don’t star my reviews. Though, I do star them on Goodreads (I’m banned from Amazon, don’t ask, and no, it wasn’t profanity nor bigotry), and rant away on this blog. Besides, how do people star their book reviews, anyway? Like rating a hotel on Agoda? If I starred my reviews, here’s what it probably meant:
⭐ – I did not understand why this book had to be written. Likely abandoned halfway.
⭐⭐ – I can never unread what I’ve read. But I
finished skimmed through it anyway, thus, read.
⭐⭐⭐ – I didn’t learn anything from it as much as I’d thought I would. Wasn’t a waste of time. Just waste of life.
⭐⭐⭐⭐ – Great read. But I didn’t like the author’s writing style. Wait, I meant I didn’t like the author’s real life persona! There goes one star for watching their interview on YouTube!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – This should be compulsory reading for all humankind. Those who don’t read this book are officially out of my league.
Okay. See. There you go. Such arrogance, hmph!
I do not believe in ratings and certainly not paid reviews.
I’ve always believed that books – reading – thoughts – are of extreme, personal choice, and taste. Regardless, I still read and take in the ratings and reviews posted by fellow readers with heavily guarded reservations.
If I had to rate books for a living, God have mercy on all the fiction reads out there. So thank goodness I am not part of that army.
Last but not least, terms like “my reviews are 100% honest and are in no way biased“. Seriously? So, no one ever finds that, ironic?
How can a book review not be biased? It’s yours and your own, isn’t it? Hence, of course you are biased! Unless, you explicitly state,
“My sister is the author and the antagonist of this novella, really. She’s not gonna admit it but she is. I’ve always hated her guts. Still, her book is pretty good though. Here’s why -“
“My ex wrote this book. Although we parted on good terms, we’re not talking to each other and I swore I’ll never read his stupid book. Anyway, I read it last night because I didn’t know it was his pseudonym… He is pretty good at writing though I must say… “