To Review or Not to Review…

Should that even be a question? Didn’t think so. The real question should probably be, ‘How much do I suck at life?’ Am I getting ahead of myself? Maybe I should start at the beginning…

I was twitter stalking the other day and I came across a tweet by a fellow author that got me thinking. To paraphrase said tweeter, ‘If you read a good book and enjoy it, why not give the author a little happiness and post a review?’

I regularly check reviews (like twelve times a day) for my book and I get ridiculously excited (total squee!) when I see new feedback from readers. It occurred to me that I am guilty of this little oversight (*shakes head in embarrassment*). It’s not intentional, of course, but I do it. I know what you’re thinking. Life gets hectic. It happens, right?

Here’s the thing: I almost always post a rating on GoodReads (at the very least), but I’m notoriously bad at remembering to post ratings or reviews to Amazon (where I purchase 99.5% of my books). The worst part? I rely heavily on the reviews and ratings of readers before me to determine if I should shell out the money for a new book. The fact is, with so many books to choose from, I need help prioritizing my reads.

So here I sit, red faced and shameful, promising to do a better job of leaving feedback- either to make an author’s day a little brighter or to help a fellow reader pick their next epic read! Because let’s be honest, it couldn’t be simpler. Amazon even sends me little reminders (aka- annoying emails) that remind me to review my recent purchases. I coud be wrong, but I’m thinking I’m not the only one who hits the delete button and never thinks twice about it.

Why? It probably has something to do with my overflowing inbox, but that’s hardly an excuse. Information overload is just a fact of life in this gloriously digital age. So, this is me committing, right NOW, to being a better reviewer!

4 thoughts on “To Review or Not to Review…

  1. I am 100% guilty of this too, but now that you put it in perspective, I’m going to try and do a better job of reviewing!

    • On behalf of authors everywhere, I thank you! Seriously though, being on the other side of the equation has really made me think more about the reviews I write and the feedback I give!

  2. I always review on my blog, but do you think I can remember to rate on Amazon and Goodreads? Nope! Like 99% of the time it doesn’t happen, and I feel bad because I know those rating hold importance to a lot of other readers.

  3. I USE to be guilty of this, but not anymore. I started reviewing the books as soon as I finish them. That way there is not time for me to slack, lol. I will say I do Goodreads first, and then Amazon…eventually, but I do do it. LoL!

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