Negative review? Keep it to yourself…


  Recently I received a review request from an author. Unlike most requests that I’ve received in the past, this author didn’t even offer me a copy of the book—not even an eCopy. This is the first thing that perturbed me. Not to be rude, but there are so many books on my purchase list right now, and I’m not willing to take a chance spending money on a book by a new author I know nothing about. For me personally, if I were to ask someone to read my book, I’d at least ask them if they’d like an eCopy for review.

The second statement (to me) was even worse:

  If you don’t like the book, I ask that you please refrain from reviewing it.

  Really? So I’m supposed to buy your book and either lie on my review, or just not review it at all? How does this even seem right? I just spent hours reading your book, but the world revolves around your reputation and my thoughts, time, and money simply doesn’t matter?

  I’m a person who rates books mostly 2 to 5-stars and practically never 1-star. I’m not a book-basher which is clearly stated on my profile. My reviews may be far from perfect, but shouldn’t I be able to share my honest opinion of your book? After all, doesn’t every author receive a portion of negative reviews? How common is it to find a book that’s good for everyone?

Have some pride in your work. If you’re worried about people not liking it, maybe reconsider publishing it? Maybe also consider the fact that a negative review might help you meet the needs of your readers.

I’m really sorry if you’re an author or reviewer and you find this offensive, but this is just total BS to me. This isn’t the first time it’s happened to me, and I know others have discussed this happening to them too, but it’s messages like this one that have totally turned me off to accepting author’s review requests anymore.

Feel free to share your honest thoughts.

This Week’s Children’s Books: I am a Capybara -The Lady with the Books – Little Green Donkey – Pugtato Finds a Thing – Joy #ChildrensBooks #BookReview #Netgalley

I’m a little late posting these, but here are some of the children’s books we’ve enjoyed recently. These are early reviews for books that will be available in 2020.


I am a Capybara

by Michela Fabbri


Capybaras are the largest rodents in the world, they’re often mistaken for dogs, and they love water, but did you know that they also have an appreciation for opera and poetry? I am a Capybara teaches readers some simple facts about capybaras with a humorous tone narrated by none other than the capybara himself.

At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about the ‘fact mixed with fiction’ story, but it kept the book comical and interesting. The illustrations are somewhat simple and look to be hand-sketched which inspired my young reader to sit down with a pencil and paper and attempt to draw him.

There are little messages here about the importance of acceptance, family, community, and caring for others. The only thing I would’ve loved is the addition of a fact section at the end for those interested in learning more, because this is an animal we personally didn’t know very much about. Overall, we enjoyed it.


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October 2019 Wrap-up #Books #BookReviews #Music #ReadingChallenge #October

Is it really November already? I love the holidays, but I can’t believe there are only two months left for 2019! We’ve been enjoying the colors of fall and had an excellent Halloween despite the snow.


October was a very good month. I managed to post more than I have since June of last year! It started out with my very first wrap-up ever for September which included some birthday gifts I received.


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Mini Book Review: Educated by Tara Westover #Book Review #Educated #Audible


By Tara Westover


This book captivated me! I listened to it on Audible and don’t have a very detailed review for it, but I highly recommend this one.

Tara grew up with her family of survivalists in the mountains of Idaho without a formal education, connection to society, or doctors. Her parents didn’t want the children in public schools and chose to remain hidden from the ‘evil’ government. They kept busy preparing for the end of days.

Educated is an incredible story and it’s written very well. It was emotional and hard to read at times, but I found myself truly enthralled from beginning to end. This book actually reminded me of The Glass Castle in some ways, but this was even more extreme.

The biggest takeaway for me is that Tara, even with all the backwardness of her upbringing and the abuse she endured, develops a love for learning and moves on to get a PhD from Cambridge. It’s thought-provoking.

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