My blog, my reviews, my rules!

Today I’m talking about my blog, my reviews and my rules!

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It would appear that not everyone likes my reviews or my blog and I’m perfectly ok with that. It is however clear that my blog/reviews are a cause of some extreme irritation to some!  It’s actually quite amusing to think I have the power to irritate without very much effort involved on my part! Even more amusing to think that people will go to all that trouble to hide their identity to send me insults via my blog!

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So what have I done to evoke such anger? I have chosen only to feature reviews of books I love on my blog! Shock horror eh! Send me to blogger prison for committing such a crime!

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Let me explain something, I blog because I want to talk about books I love/enjoy/like not to talk about books that I don’t enjoy, life is too short for that! There are plenty of places on the internet that are all too happy to peddle negativity, feel free to visit them if that’s what you are looking for.

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Since I started blogging, I have access to so many choices of old and new authors alike, I kind of know now what appeals to me and what doesn’t, so I tend not to choose to read books that I don’t think I’ll enjoy. If I start a book and I’m not enjoying it, I’ll leave it and not review it, why would I waste my precious time doing that? This means that you will mostly see glowing reviews on my blog. If you take your time to read my reviews you will also see that I will note if there are things in a book that don’t work for me.

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I have also read books that I think are “ok” but haven’t given a “negative” review as I am able to see where the book has actually been well written even if it doesn’t appeal to me. (I compare this to eating out e.g. if I were to go to a Michelin Star fish restaurant with the most exquisite food, cooked to perfection and presented beautifully, would it be right to give it 1 star because I don’t like fish! Of course not, I can appreciate the quality even if it is not my cup of tea) seriously though, if I were reading a book that I disliked that much that it would merit a one star review (on Amazon or GR as I don’t star rate my reviews on here) then I wouldn’t be finishing and and so I wouldn’t be reviewing it!

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None of this means I’m kissing ass with the authors or trying to keep them on my “friends list” it means I bloody liked the book and have every bloody right to say so! And I will bloody well continue to do so!

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So if you are reading my blog and you enjoy my reviews please feel free to comment; if you have different views than me then also please feel to comment.There is nothing wrong with telling me what you think worked/didn’t work about the book, where we differ or think the same. That is cool, we all experience a book in our own individual ways.

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However, if you are coming on simply to hurl attacks, personal insults and accuse me of cheating/lying/faking/plagiarizing then please just crawl back under the bridge where you belong.And please at least have the balls to use your real name, if you are so sure of your beliefs then why not stand up and show your face!

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Me, I’m away back to my happy place! #BookWorld, My Blog, my reviews, my rules!

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33 thoughts on “My blog, my reviews, my rules!

    1. thank you! Yes me too! There are plenty of places where people can go and find out about books people hate, GoodReads seems to be the place to do that lol. I like to keep my blog full of the book love 🙂 xx

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  1. ‘Tie a sad world we live in Sharon. I’m the same as you – only review the stuff I like. It’s about book love, pure and simple. I review not critique. Barely have time to write up all the good reviews so why waste time on the bad?

    Most of the time it is just jealousy, pure and simple. We like some of the same books but not all and that is fine. That’s how life works. Me? I wouldn’t even set foot in a fish restaurant, Michelin starred or not 😉 Nowt so queer as folk as they say.

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  2. Well said Sharon!! I’m exactly the same! So I give lots of 5 star reviews? So what! I only blog about books I’ve loved cos life is too bloody short and I’m a blogger NOT a critic!! Xxx

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  3. I love this! You know how I feel about this, and those vile, awful people who think that they are clever when they leave troll-like remarks, but don’t have the guts to use their real identity. Cowards and fools, the lot of them.
    I wouldn’t dream of wasting my precious time writing about a book that I’ve not enjoyed either. My blog, like yours, is a place that I recommend books, not a place to talk about something that didn’t work for me.
    Keep up the great work!
    A x

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  4. I feel lucky now that this has never happened to me… I absolutely agree. Your blog is your universe, and we should all be allowed to have an opinion. I also only post reviews of books I loved on my blog, I post the low-star ones only on Goodreads, cause I mean – people don’t come to my blog to read about books I am not recommending. I don’t want books I dislike to be on my blog. It makes sense, doesn’t it? It’s really too bad though that people would choose to be mean 😦

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  5. Wondering if I can charge you for the ‘my blog, my rules’ bit as it’s two-thirds of my ‘my blog, my rules, my voice’ which has been my blogging mantra for ages. How does £200 sound? I’ll accept books!😂😂😂

    I write negative reviews, though saying that I think I’ve only written 3 or 4 in nearly 2 years of blogging. I’m very aware though that it’s only my view and that others will have a different view. What works for one might not work for another and I write them on the sad occasion it happens because I think they have a place when you explain what didn’t work for you, why you didn’t like the book and also point out the positives. I’m big on that, if you are going negative it needs to be constructive. Sadly, there seems to be more and more bloggers in certain genres who just hate on books they dislike and then tell people that if they like the book they are wrong. Sad.😞

    I don’t read as much as you or lots of other bloggers and I’ve had it pointed out a few times that my ratings are high. Yeah, so what! I’m fussy about what I read, I like to be positive in reviews and I try and pick books I know I’ll like to read. Sure, it occasionally doesn’t work out but most of the time it does and so having high ratings isn’t a crime, sad that people think it is.

    Y’all know my view on trolls so I won’t mention them as I’m not allowed to swear in comments.😂

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    1. send the invoice to my people and they will talk to your people 😉
      Absolutely right Drew, your blog and your rules! I’d never think of coming on a trolling you for it! Lmao, I wouldn’t bloody dare! Haha!
      So many strange folk out there, I mean obviously if I like a book they dislike then clearly I am a liar for daring to think different!
      Oh think your view of trolls is exactly the same as mine! I won’t swear either 😉

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  6. I would never visit someone’s blog to insult them as that says far more about the insulter than the insulted.
    I’ve recently had barbed comments about the 5 star reviews I give which is quite funny because I do review all the books I finish. As you say my blog my rules and since I don’t believe I’m disrespectful to the author but typically mention what didn’t work for me, even if it is down to personal taste. In the main this is because my blog was started as a record of what I’ve read.
    Like you after a lifetime of reading I’m an expert on picking books I’m likely to enjoy so the less well received books are few and far between.
    My comments back to the odd comments were along the lines of we are all different and there isn’t a wrong or a right way – ultimately there isn’t a prize for blogging!! I do it for my own enjoyment and so although get a huge boost when someone likes a book I’ve recommended it doesn’t detract from any other blog – there is plenty of room for everyone to do what works for them!!

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  7. The people who spit venom on the internet are simply sad, lonely , pathetic people who have no friends, no purpose in life and hate their jobs (if they have any). So they hide under created names and spit their anger to the right and left because they are miserable. I tend to ignore such people because I simply have no time for their 🐂🚽 #LoveNotHate #BloggerLove

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  8. Well said Sharon. I’m exactly the same, I’ve been reading and reviewing long enough to know what books I’m likely to enjoy. I also don’t have enough time to read the books I am enjoying, so I’m very quick to put something aside and move on if I’m not! I really don’t have the energy to read something just to rip it apart! I’m all about the happy- there’s enough crap stuff and negativity in life. Ignore the trolls… they’ll soon get bored without the reaction they crave. xx

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  9. I’m completely with you on this issue. If I can’t find a single positive thing to write about a book, then I won’t bother posting a review. What’s the point? It would simply be me being a Clever Dick at the expense of some poor writer and that isn’t the way I work. Don’t let the brainless b*****s grind you down! Love reading your reviews BTW. 😊

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