Booking Through Thursday: Honesty (in reviews)

btt2This week’s Booking Through Thursday was suggested by JM:

I receive a lot of review books, but I have never once told lies about the book just because I got a free copy of it. However, some authors seem to feel that if they send you a copy of their book for free, you should give it a positive review.

Do you think reviewers are obligated to put up a good review of a book, even if they don’t like it? Have we come to a point where reviewers *need* to put up disclaimers to (hopefully) save themselves from being harassed by unhappy authors who get negative reviews?

I don’t receive a ton of review books, and I’m OK with that. This year I determined that I would review every book I read. I subscribe to the honesty policy (as in, it’s a good policy). I try to make my reviews kind, gentle, but I must be honest.

If we’re stepping into the shoes of the journalist/professional reviewer, we must consider the fair and balanced creed they’re held to.


3 responses to “Booking Through Thursday: Honesty (in reviews)

  1. I agree that we should be kind and honest.

  2. If we’re not honest about our opinions, that the idea of reviewing is forfeited. There are always two sides to a coin–even if a book is poorly written, there might be redeeming features somewhere.

  3. You got it! I always honestly review whatever I’ve read.

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