Though I have been a reader for as long as I can remember, I almost never wrote reviews for anything I read until I became a writer. I had to either really love or really hate a book to be compelled to leave a review. Once I started writing and realized how important the abuse can be to the life and sales of a book, I started making a more conscious effort to leave reviews or comments. I’m still not great at it, as many of you know. I’ll get there eventually, but it’s not always going to be in the most timely fashion. (There’s that procrastination thing again.)

The more I do it, the more I discover that writing reviews is a tricky business. It’s fine if I love the book. That’s easy to say and write about. The same goes if I hate a book, though that rarely happens. Where it gets tricky is if I mostly like a book and think it is pretty good, but there are things about the book that I don’t like. I always to be honest about that, but sometimes it feels like walking a fine line. Sometimes the things that I don’t like about a book don’t mean there’s anything wrong with the book at all. I just have a particular set of preferences. For instance, I don’t typically like formal, more high protocol BDSM. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. It’s just not my particular cup of tea. I don’t want to downgrade a book simply because it is not to my taste, but at the same time I can’t honestly say that I enjoyed it as much as another book that was more to my taste. I tend to try to be as fair as I can, and then explain my rating in the review itself. To me, giving information is never a bad thing. More information can help both the reader and writer. The reader can use it to target their particular taste, and it helps the writer target the specific niche that is going to really love their books.

Where do you weigh in on it? What do you think?