My Book Reviewing Pledge

I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!

Oh, wait, not that. Maybe true, but not what I was getting at . . .

As God is my witness, as God is my witness they’re not going to lick me. I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again. No, nor any of my folk. If I have to lie, steal, cheat or kill. As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

No! No! Definitely not that!

I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth . . .

Closer, but still no! I guess what I’m trying to say is that reviewing books online for all the world to see—while being a writer who would really like to get her book published someday—presents a bit of a conflict. If I bash a book, and the author or agent or publisher or someone sees, am I closing a door or creating a negative opinion of myself? And does it really matter? I mean, what are the chances anyone who could hold a grudge and have any say over my career is reading? Right now, zero. But someday, oh someday, maybe my book will be published, maybe my blog will be popular enough to attract the attention of agents or established writers. Do I try to hide my content like I’ve seen others writers on forums do by typing the title with different strokes that still read as the title? Always seemed kind of pointless to me. Not to mention time consuming! If I’m going to go public with my opinion, I’m going to do it in a professional manner, and most importantly, an honest manner. Regardless of the consequences, however unlikely they are. So I guess that’s what I’m saying. I will be honest. I will give my opinion in a polite manner while still telling the readers what I think. Because that’s who I owe something to: my readers. Of course, my book review is only my opinion, but it will be my truthful opinion and you—the reader—can make up your own mind.

On a side note, if you have books that you would like me to review, feel free to leave them in the comments any time. Even when this post is old and gray. If it looks interesting, I’ll add it to my reading list and try to get to it. I make no promises. If it’s a book I’ve read, I’ll do a review as soon as I can, though it might not be as in depth as some of my current reviews. After all, I probably read it awhile ago. Memories fade you know!

Maruder’s Map image borrowed from: http://www.matthewsplace.com/blog/i-solemnly-swear-im-up-to-no-good/
Scarlett O’Hara image borrowed from: http://myarmsopenwide.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html
Oath image borrowed from: http://www.optimajuris.com/international-deposition-blog/swearing-in-witnesses-abroad-a-primer-482/

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2 thoughts on “My Book Reviewing Pledge

  1. That is quite the dilemma, but I think authors and publisher appreciate the well-justified candor. I’ve had authors tell me my low-ranking review was one of their favorites: because I’m polite and give specific references.

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