I have been pondering this question since publishing my first book on the 7th December.
Although I have published a book I do still consider myself more a reader than author. I'm new and my book is self published so I'm just starting my journey. I used to love reviewing books but have been a little more hesitate since publishing my own book for many reasons.
It first struck me after I read a book that was promoted on Twitter. It was due to this promotion that I bought the book and whilst I enjoyed it I did not love it. Other Twitter users were praising it and on Goodreads 46% of the ratings are 5 stars. I however would probably only award it 3. I liked the book but thought it a little unbelievable and did not like the ending. It was warm and had developed characters but did not really do it for me.
I felt reluctant to review the book following so many glowing reviews for several reasons. I didn't want to offend anyone on Twitter as the author seemed to be on friendly terms with quite a few bloggers. As I'm new to the book market I obviously want to appear professional and try to build up a good rapport with the blogging community so disagreeing with their assessment of a book may not be a good start to that relationship. I also did not want to upset the author or appear unprofessional. I do not think 3 stars is a bad review. However quite a few people seem too and I was worried after so many 5 stars the author may feel disappointed.
However I do feel leaving a 3 star review would give future readers an honest view. When I look at books I quite often read the 3 and 4 star reviews rather than the 5 as I think they are more honest and well rounded. It appears this particular book had a very successful blog tour which generated many of the 5 star reviews. I think this is amazing for the author but found I disagreed with many of the comments.
Reviewing books is very individual and everyone has different likes, dislikes and preferred genres. Every book has varied reviews for this very reason. I have decided for now after much umming and ahhing to cease to review books on Amazon and Goodreads but post a review on here from time to time to share my opinions. Not many people read my blog so it will not greatly influence people but means I can still review and air my thoughts.
What are your thoughts? Should authors review books?