So i decided that i would write a post covering some of the things the comment brought up. Some of the opinions are similar to things we have seen in the past when literature reviewers for big magazines have had a go at bloggers. The writer of the comment is fully entitled to their own opinion and won't be the only person out there who thinks this. This is what it is in the exact wording.
"For someone with so little time, are you actually reviewing the books objectively? Does not sound like it. As a New Adult fan, you are probably biased in your other reviews. You are only 19 and wet behind the ears. Do you write and have ever been published? I think not, so I guess you're an expert. (sarcasm) If I were you I'd get more experience before you can actually review honestly and objectively or better yet have a good swim in the Thames."So statement number 1 "For someone with so little time, are you actually reviewing the books objectively? Does not sound like it.". This i can only assume refers to the fact that i am currently not accepting review requests due to having a very large review pile and also i have University exams at the moment. Yes i am busier than usual. Because of that i have recently only been writing one review a week; that gives me more than enough time to objectively review the book. It isn't like i am churning out 20 reviews a week.
Statement number 2 "As a New Adult fan, you are probably biased in your other reviews." Yes i am a fan of New Adult books. I am also a huge fan of YA, dystopian novels, fantasy and paranormal romance amongst others. It is possible to be a fan of more than one type of book and i generally only review books that fall into categories and genres that i greatly enjoy. Also i kind of want to mention that despite running the New Adult book club and having recently reviewed lots of New Adult contemporary romances all of my top 10 favourite books are in fact fantasy. My number one favourite author is Brandon Sanderson and my all time favourite books are his Mistborn trilogy. Just because i love New Adult books does not in anyway mean i hate every other type of book.
Statement number 3 "You are only 19 and wet behind the ears." I am 19, but as mentioned earlier i review lots of New Adult books and these are aimed at my age. Surely the opinion of the target audience should count? Yes i may not have the worldly experience of someone in their 40's but New Adult books are aimed mainly at readers between 18 and 25 and surely the opinions of the intended readers of the book should count more than anyone else. In the same way i think that despite having a wide appeal, reviews by 13 - 18 year olds are the ones that should count the most when it comes to Young Adult books.
Statement number 4 "Do you write and have ever been published? I think not, so I guess you're an expert. (sarcasm) If I were you I'd get more experience before you can actually review honestly and objectively or better yet have a good swim in the Thames." So just because i am not a published author i am not allowed to say if i think a book is good or not? Books are for anyone and everyone. Most readers probably are not authors themselves; you don't have to write to enjoy reading. I will put my hands up and admit that i probably couldn't write a book myself and nor do i know everything there is to know about literature. However that doesn't mean i can't enjoy a book and tell people why i liked it. When i read reviews i want to know what people like me thought about a book as that allows me to predict the most accurately if i too will like the book. Most readers are not authors so surely the opinion of another non author will be the most useful.
I have never ever claimed to be an expert. Do i try to know everything there is to know about book? Yes. Do i know everything? No of course i don't. I have a relatively small book blog and i do this entirely for fun. My 100+ followers is nothing compared to bloggers who have many thousands, in fact most bloggers i know have followers than me but that doesn't mean i am not entitled to my own opinion. I love to discuss books and share my thoughts and my blog is a place to do that. No one has to listen to everything i say and take it for gospel. In fact i would recommend against that. If you think a book sounds amazing then buy it even if i gave it 1 star. I have read amazing books that people who's opinions i really respect gave very negative reviews to. What one person may love another may hate. This is just my place to share my opinions. If we have a similar taste in books then stick around and my reviews may help you discover a new favourite. If you don't then you don't need to listen to anything i have to say; I respect that people have different opinions and everyone likes different things.
My reviews are always my honest opinions just like they are with the majority of bloggers. I also let nothing affect those opinions; not where i got the book from, its genre or even how well i know the author. I have given complete strangers books 5 stars whilst giving those by authors i would possibly consider friends only 3. I think i always review honestly and objectively. Just because someone thinks differently about a book does not mean they are lying or biased or are clueless. It just means that they like different things.
I doubt the person who wrote this original comment is reading this. They obviously think my opinions are worthless and they said that i should just jump into a river so i highly doubt they are following my posts and reviews. If by some chance they are then i respect your opinions even if mine are somewhat different. It also seems like i have offended you in some way in which case i am sorry even though i cannot think of anything i might have done.
To everyone else reading, do you think people who are just readers and not authors can write a review? Do you agree that surely the best person to ask if a book is enjoyable to read is another readers? If you agree with this commenter then please explain why, i am interested to hear more reasoning behind this kind of opinion. Also can everyone please by nice and civil in the comments. Both to me and each other. Also don't worry, i don't plan to write a big post every time someone says something negative :P This just brought up a few things i wanted to talk about.