I read a lot of book reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. It's an obsessive practice I have that inspires me to write. (novels, not reviews) But some of them puzzle me, leading me to ask the following questions of certain reviewers of silly reviews:
Why read a memoir if you only like happy books? No one writes a memoir about their joyful, pain-free life. No story in that. When I see a comment like "This was a depressing book" I think, And what did you expect?
If you disliked the first in the series, why did you read the sequel? Seriously, a reviewer who gives a low rating to ALL the books in a series?
Why be mean? Are you not clever enough to write a review about a book you didn't like without resorting to catty, snide, sarcastic and just plain hurtful statements? (Meanness annoys me so much it gets two questions.)
Who paid you to say that? And on the other hand, there's no need to gush. When I see, "This is the best book I ever read!" I think you are either lying or being sarcastic. Either way, it has no impact and doesn't make me want to read the book.
Why use your review on one book to tell us another book is better? Of course there are better books! There are zillions of better books than the one you just read. That's not the point. "I didn't like this book, such and such was better." That's the dumbest thing ever to say in a review.
Did you really think that just because Oprah recommended it you should shell out $10? Don't blame the author for that one, sucka.
"Never give up. And most importantly, be true to yourself. Write from your heart, in your own voice, and about what you believe in." ~ Louise Brown
"Write something to suit yourself and many people will like it; write something to suit everybody and scarcely anyone will care for it." ~Jesse Stuart
"A writer's job is to take one thing and make it stand for twenty." ~ Virginia Woolf