Attention Books Reviewers

Book reviewers, I have a confession to make and a tiny request. Please read this post.

How It All Started

I have turned off the notification on Goodreads. If there are any comments on my review, status, I don’t know about it. Once in a while, I go through the comments and reply to those. I am less active on Goodreads these days.

Today, as I had nothing better to do (I didn’t feel like doing anything else) I thought I will just browse through some of the comments.

There was one comment which pointed out a mistake in the plot summary and character names. I had to spend an hour to verify his inputs and I corrected my review. Thanks, Mujeeb.

The other one was a complaint about my review. A young girl (I assume) had left a comment saying I am misleading readers with my review of a certain book. She didn’t sound too aggressive, though.

Déjà vu.

About a year ago, same thing had happened with me. It wasn’t polite. On the contrary, it was harsh, as though that private account holder was after me for life. I was so terrified that I removed that book from my shelf. The aforementioned commenter went on to leave a nasty one star review for one of my books (I have 50 books on GR, by the way). I was so dejected, that I thought of giving up – blogging, writing books, writing reviews.

Then, I googled if what I had done was wrong. I posted about it. My dear friend Sara Saif (thank you Sara, you always have something positive to say) commented on it and I moved on.

An Evolved Approach

This time, it is different. I stand by my opinion. If I didn’t like the book, I will say so.

I ensure that my review is just that – my review.

I don’t try to persuade others. In the past, I included a verdict section in my review but I stopped doing that.

I just don’t understand. Why don’t we understand that all books cannot get only 5 star reviews?

There are several times that I like others’ reviews even though they have given a 1* rating to a book I love.

I read one review where a reader criticized Harry Potter. Now, I read Harry Potter series very recently. I am not a die-hard fan, but I liked the books. However, I agreed to the fact that Harry seems like a whiny little boy – why didn’t Dumbledore call me? Nobody loves me, blah blah!

I like their review and I feel that I should show my appreciation for their nicely written review. It doesn’t mean I agree with their opinion.

The Million Dollar Question, Again

Since I write stories (that very few people read), does it mean I cannot review others’ work?

Does it mean that I should only praise others, because I know what it takes to write a book?

Should I stop posting my not-so-positive reviews for other authors’ books?

Let’s face it. I ain’t no writer. It’s my passion, not my profession. I may write a good review. My storytelling skills may suck. But, hey. Readers can choose to not read my books, and they do. I will not stop writing because a reader feels that I should stop writing.

All I want to say is – reviews are subjective. Try and look at it subjectively. If I don’t like your favourite books, I am not your enemy, nor should you be mine (enemy). You shouldn’t avenge me by leaving negative review. I don’t mind negative reviews. But, please don’t do that without reading my books. If you want, you can contact me for a free copy, *wink*

Let’s agree to disagree, shall we?

Love and peace,

Shabana Mukhtar

I try to moderate comments to filter out the trolls and weirdo. Your comments are welcome and opinion matter, but don't come here just to promote your content, and be nice, okay? Everyone is entitled to opinions. Alright, now go ahead, the comment section is your oyster. (I'm such a smarty pants)