Wednesday, April 6

Confessions of a reviewaholic...

Not only am I a bookaholic, I'm also a reviewaholic. Sometimes I read reviews before I read a book, but more often than not I find myself checking reviews after I finish a book to see if my thoughts actually jive with what others think.

I don't know if I should own up to this, but what the heck. Good reviews are a dime a dozen (I mean how many ways can you praise a book). Bad reviews are much more entertaining.

I love reading bad book reviews (not that the review is bad, the book, that's what's bad.) Reviewers always find interesting and funny ways to describe a really bad book. It's like watching the proverbial "train wreck." But, I guess that's why people rubber neck at the scene of an accident or watch The Osbornes (is that still on TV?), you're just waiting for something to go wrong. Morbid, but sadly we all do it.

Now, I do realize a review is one person's opinion and I feel bad and guilty thinking an author has poured their heart and soul into a book. It must truly hurt to find it trashed by someone else. I wish every book tickled my fancy, but I guess that's not possible.

Recently, I read a review over at AAR where the review said and I quote "Just shoot me and put me out of my misery. Or better yet, shoot them." How many times have I read a wallbanger and those exact words come to mind?


Nicole said...

I'm a reviewer, but I also like to read bad reviews. THough I hate when I read a review of a book I liked and they give it a bad rating and their reasons show that they just didn't "get" the book at all. I had that in a recent book I read and reviewed. It was like the reviewer couldn't get over one little thing that was actually rather crucial to the story, yet annoyed her.

Bookwormom said...

Hi Tara. Hope you & your son feel better soon! Two sick people at home at the same time is certainly a recipie for misery.

To post a link, use the following:


Where it says webaddress, type in exact address of page you want to direct your reader to. Where it says TEXT, this is the address or word or phrase that will direct readers to the web page you want them to see. If you leave the word TEXT there that word is what will show up as the link in your blog.

Hope this helps.

I never thought to read negative reviews for their entertainment value. Maybe I'll have to try it sometime.

Bookwormom said...

Sorry about that, Tara. I thought it'd show up ok. Try Looking on the following page:


The code for posting links is in the first paragraph, I think. Where it says URL I used the word webaddress. Hope this works properly this time.