Question of the Week:
Do you feel the need to write a review for your personal reads, as oppose to requested reviews, or are there some books you read just for the joy of reading?
There are some books that I won't leave a review for, but generally, I always do. I love to share my thoughts and opinions on books I read because reading is so important to me.
However, if I think the book is really bad, I generally won't leave a review out of respect for the author. This is still their creative work and they don't need me trashing it just because it didn't suit my tastes.
I will leave a bad review generally only if I find a book offensive in ways that are accepted across society to be wrong: sex with minors, active encouragement of racism or other prejudices, things like that.
There's a big difference, however, reading for pleasure and reading because a review is needed. You tend to read differently and I think that's where the phrase "reading for pleasure" really kicks in. Yes, it's often a pleasure to read the book, but because you know that you have to review it, you tend to read it with a much more skeptical eye, right off the bat. You want to be honest to your own opinion, of course, but at the same time, you want to allow for some objectivity and so you don't just read to enjoy it: you read the book trying to maintain the stance of "overall objective observer".
I enjoy writing reviews, though, and find that it has really helped me with my own writing! I take a lot of my own reviews into accounts on my later drafts of stories, and use my "Reviewer's Eye" to scan my piece. It helps step me away from my own work and read it as someone else might.
What are your thoughts? Do you leave reviews? If so, what inspires you to review a book?
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