How Do You Feel About Authors Reviewing Books?

A few years ago, I noticed an interesting thing happening amongst author acquaintances of mine — the book review exchange. Author #1 agrees to review Author #2’s book if Author #2 agrees to review his book in return. But when Author #2 gets online and sees Author #1’s review of his book, things aren’t looking so happy. Three stars? It “wasn’t up to par?” But Author #2 gave Author #1 FIVE stars, and a glowing review. Isn’t that what authors are supposed to do for each other? Where’s the support? But Author #1 doesn’t feel bad. Author #1 says, “Hey, you said leave an honest review. Why are you so upset? I didn’t do anything wrong. I’ve helped you out.” But did he? If he honestly didn’t care for the book, is he supposed to lie in his review? Find a clever and more professional way to say only nice things about it and give it a higher rating? Pull out of his obligation to write the review in the first place? Should authors agree to only give a review if they loved the book? Do we all just need to grow a backbone? These questions are valid not only for review exchanges, but authors reviewing any books in general. What is professional? Is there a line?

I’ll admit I did the review exchange a few times. Sometimes it worked out great, sometimes it didn’t. I also reviewed books on my own without any exchanges, but I eventually decided that as a published author I was no longer comfortable reviewing books, whether I knew the author or not. I took all books off my Goodreads profile, deleted every review I’ve ever written online, and decided never to say yes to exchanging reviews or review requests (even from friends, and yes, this was a difficult decision). I’m happy to blurb/endorse a book for another author, help out with marketing where I can by spreading the word, and recommend books in certain situations, but to this day, I am not comfortable writing reviews in public under my author name.

I’ve heard authors say, “Well, I read and review books, and I always will. I’m a reader as well as an author. I have every right to review books and share my opinions about them.” I think that may be so, and perhaps some authors can pull it off more gracefully than I can, but I’m far too worried I’ll unintentionally hurt feelings and burn bridges with an honest review, or cause distrust and skepticism with a ridiculously glowing one. Not to mention the hurt feelings I’ve observed when authors take time to review some books, but not others, when there’s clearly not enough time for authors to review everything out there, even from all their author friends.

How do you feel about authors reviewing books? If you’re a published author, do you review books online under your author name? I’m curious as to other viewpoints on this topic, so share how you feel. I’m curious!

Posted by Michelle D. Argyle

40 comments

C. N. Nevets

I used to do this from time to time, but in a very selective way. As I’ve observed other professional spheres, though, it’s struck me as peculiar, risky, and potentially unprofessional. Athletes are best regarded when they make only minimal, respectful comments about their fellow competitors. Chefs rarely work as food critics (even though they are eaters) and painters rarely work as art critics (even though they are consumers).

Yes, there are exceptions. Some of them are quite notable. Nevertheless, it seems like a distinct phenomenon among writers, grown out of the specific way in which we have encouraged one another to build our internet platform and to, “get our writing out there.”

I’m no longer very comfortable with it, and have stopped reviewing books in any connection with my authorial presence. I’ve also taken down any even slightly negative reviews that I might have made in the past.

Michelle D. Argyle

Nick, thank you for weighing in! I share similar viewpoints as you, obviously. I didn’t want to use the word “unprofessional” in my post, but I have to admit that for the most part, every time I’ve come close to reviewing books again, it has left that feeling in my gut that it wouldn’t be the professional thing for me to do in my career. That’s just me, of course. I’ve seen other authors (even really successful big authors) pull off reviewing books just fine. I doubt I’ll ever be one of them, though.

Tim Miller

Great blog Michelle!

You brought up interesting points. In the past I’ve done the review exchange, but haven’t for awhile. I usually just don’t have time to read a lot of books for the sake of review. I try to link up with book bloggers and fans and gift them a copy to review.

When I did to the review exchange, if I had a problem with the book, I’d usually go to the author and just tell them my issues. Sometimes they’d get mad, but I told them it was that, or post a less than pleasant review, so I chose to go to them first. So it’s kind of a no win.

Anymore, I think Amazon will take down reviews by us authors anyway, especially if they see us posting on each other’s books. Last year I had a bunch of reviews removed, including ones for stuff I’d reviewed way before my first book was ever published.

I like your idea about the blurbs though. By doing so you’ve set yourself sort of “above the fray”

Michelle D. Argyle

Tim, it’s good to see you here. Thanks for your comment! I think the time factor is a big thing here too. I’ve observed as authors get more and more published work out there, the less time they have to read critically enough to write a review. Reading becomes more of an escape and for fun, and let’s face it, good reviews can take a long time to write. I’ve been reading so many books this year. I can’t imagine writing a review for all of them! Aside from that, I’d feel bad that I hadn’t read and reviewed some of my friends’ books that have debuted this year.

I’ve heard about that on Amazon! I know there are reviews on some of my books by other authors, and they haven’t been removed, so I wonder how accurate Amazon really is about that. There’s so many, though, I can imagine it’s impossible to monitor all of it 100%.

I do hope you find a good balance that works for you. 🙂

after an exchange with an author who felt personally attacked by my review, I decided to stop reviewing. I’m gradually deleting my GR shelves, so if my reviews of your books disappear, you know why… When the exchange happened, I thought of you and your decision to delete your GR shelves and was tempted to do the same immediately! I’ll do it gradually instead, and maybe will keep the “want to read” list as wishlist, like I have on my Smashwords library, or maybe I’ll move even that to an offline list, I don’t know yet. My review policy has changed this year, so I’m still in the process of deciding what to do.
But now I can say I totally understand your decision and wish I had done the same when you did!
Best!
Barb

Michelle D. Argyle

Hi Barb! I had an experience similar to yours, which is what set into motion my questioning if I should not only stop reviewing books, but if I should take down all my books on Goodreads, as well. I decided to do both.

You CAN have the best of both worlds, though! I still have a Goodreads profile, but it’s under a name not connected to me in any way. I rarely leave reviews, but I always rate books on there, and I can still keep track of what I’ve read and want to read.

I’m glad you’re finding a good balance for you!

Interesting points I’ve wondered about. I don’t do GR reviews anymore simply because so many of my friends are writers. I’m not even published and it still feels risky to recommend one book over another in any public way! I still talk about books on my blog, but you’ll notice I don’t give a comprehensive review, and I will only talk about books I like (or like something about that I want to use as an example).

Michelle D. Argyle

Kim, it’s overwhelming, isn’t it? I started feeling overwhelmed by the amount of books I “should be” reviewing just because of how many people I knew. I kept wondering how I’d ever read all those books and give them fair reviews AND keep writing my own books. It seemed like a full-time job just to keep up with the reading. On my old blog, I used to do book spotlights, but I haven’t picked that back up here. Not sure if I’m going to, but we’ll see. 🙂

Donna K. Weaver

Yeah. I’m getting there, too, Michelle. Though I tend to be more lenient now than I was before I started writing myself. Just because I know how subjective the reading experience is.

I haven’t reached the point where I’ve taken my reviews down, but I won’t be surprised if (when?) I reach that point.

Michelle D. Argyle

Donna, I think it’s a personal journey for everyone and nobody’s experience is going to be the same. At first, I felt really guilty because I thought, how am I going to help out all my author friends now? But then I discovered there are lots of other ways to do so, and that most authors do not expect other authors to review their books, anyway. That was freeing. 🙂

Mikey Brooks

Thanks for the insights Michelle! I love to hear different views on this subject.

I for one think its difficult for an author to hang up the writing hat to done a reviewing one. Its the same way I feel about chef reviewing other chefs. Each professional has their own taste and the way they’d so something. Often you find an author give harsh reviews because it wasn’t they way they would have written the book. So in reality they are not reviewing that book, but the one they have dreamed up in their heads. I don’t review as much as I used to because of this reason. I have a hard time hanging up my hat and often find myself being critical of the wrong things. No reader cares if the author broke “rules” that we as writers have created. Seriously. We as writers create rules that we think everyone should follow. Then when one of us breaks the rule we feel inclined to wag our finger at that author. Think of Twilight. The majority of people who hate that book, either never read it, or just want to discuss ‘the rules’ she broke in writing it.

Back to the subject of reviews. I have a personal etiquette. I wont leave a review less than a 3 star (if it was that bad, it doesn’t deserve a review.) I know how 1 and 2 stars look to readers. It’s just like buying a computer. If a specific computer got a 1 or 2 star rating I’m probably not going to want that product–someone had a bad experience and I don’t want that. 1 and 2 stars can really ruin a chance for a book to be read. So IF we are going to review we need to try our best to 1: be honest (both about the merits of the book and then about ourselves), 2:don’t try to hurt someone through a review. and 3: Think about how you would feel about getting a 1 or 2 star rating on your book. Think about it, then post your review.

Lets just all be nice. Being nice doesn’t mean to just give out 5 stars like candy. You can still be honest without being nice. But if you are going to give a 1 or 2 star rating. You better back it up with a fine explanation. (I hate seeing Goodread reviews that are 1 and 2 stars but then they don’t say why.)If you are taking the time to ruin that chance of the book being read–take the 10 seconds it takes to share why. And please make it be about the book and not about your ego.

That’s my soap box moment. 🙂

Michelle D. Argyle

Mikey, I appreciate you coming by, thank you! It was difficult for me to hang up the hat, I’ll be honest. It was difficult because I felt guilty. It was also a lot of work deleting all those books and reviews all over the internet. I think it took about a week. But I think it was more difficult living with the constant question hanging over my head … “have I hurt someone with what I said? Even if I said it professionally and nicely?” I mainly asked that question after I had a book out and received some reviews from very nice people, but even the critical things they said as nicely as possible stung quite a bit. So when I realized I couldn’t get over that question, I knew it was time to get out of there.

I know everyone isn’t like me, though, so some authors aren’t bothered by that kind of thing at all. They love to review books, and they’ll keep doing it, hopefully with not much harm to relationships or their career.

When I realized that a 3-star hurts, and so does a 4-star because it means “something was still wrong with the book to that reader” and a 5-star hurt too because I was starting to distrust the sincerity, I needed to stop reading reviews of my books altogether. It was wreaking havoc on my emotions and relationships.

Again, thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts!

I haven’t been in this situation yet, but I HAVE been “dissed” by a fellow writer I thought was a friend, and I remember how much it hurt. If I gave someone an overly positive review with idea that they would do the same for me–and then their review was less than great–it would definitely upset me. It’s possible to find something critical to say about any book out there, but it would certainly be a lot worse if a friend was doing the criticizing.

I have had to edit manuscripts of friends before, and wound up in tricky situations when the book was simply terrible. Yes, I can do straight copy edits, but am I doing a friend any favours by glossing over the flaws in their work? I think it’s imperative to be honest, in as kind a way as possible, when editing a friend’s manuscript, but based on your experience, if I’m ever asked to review I will politely decline. It seems like a real minefield that could actually result in turning friends into enemies.

Michelle D. Argyle

Holli, the sad thing is that I have seen it turn friends into enemies. I’ve lost a friend over writing stuff, and it wasn’t fun. It wasn’t over reviews, but something else. Still, that happened over a year ago and I’m still suffering over it. Not sure how long it will take to heal. With that in my past, I’m doubly against me reviewing books now. I can see how easily and quickly things can explode, as you say. It really can turn into a minefield.

Thank you for coming by!

When I went to a writing retreat a couple of years back, I was one of only two “novelists” (not including our mentor). The rest of the writers were playwrights, and I was struck by how supportive they were of each other and how well they worked together.

It’s a shame novelists tend to be so competitive and downright nasty at times towards other novelists. If we could only work together like playwrights instead of arguing about whose genre is better and who didn’t deserve their fantastic advance, we’d all be a lot happier.

Michelle D. Argyle

Yes, Holli, I agree. In general, authors don’t seem to play nice. I’m not even sure why. Photographers around here seem to be the same way. But I think there are exceptions when we zoom into individuals, of course. I just wish on the whole that the competitive feel of this industry eased up a bit.

Agreed, certainly not all of us are like that. But the industry itself can be a cruel, hard place.

I have a feeling I will just say whatever the hell I want. That’s sort of how I operate now. Does it get me into trouble? Yeah. But…. (insert some phrase about living life to the full or being true to yourself or blah blah blah)

To put this in perspective: lately I only review books when I have a strong opinion about them, so I’m either glowing with praise or … damning. And I’m never mean about it, just to the point. It’s so rare that I HATE a book. Usually I’m apathetic.

Gosh that got rambly toward the end.

TL;DR: I’m pretty honest, but only motivated to voice my honesty when it’s an extreme. So while I might encounter trouble I don’t think I’ll encounter it too often.

In the interest of SCIENCE I started looking at my Goodreads reviews. So some of them are kind of harsh. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: “Had a great beginning but crashed and burned about 60% through. No pun intended.” See, I doubt I’ll ever meet that guy or I’d be less smart-alecky and more… specific.

I also burned Jane Austen with Persuasion. “Not my favorite Austen book. I had problems with how dull the characters were, as a whole, and even the protagonist acknowledged this in the last chapter as if Austen herself were retroactively apologizing for it. Also the romance wasn’t very well developed, which was the nature of it, but even once they did hit it off the conversation was DESCRIBED TO US, not transcribed. I mean what the hell Austen.”

But this is the ONE benefit of a good writer being dead. We have to take advantage of that. 😉

Michelle D. Argyle

Jamie, thanks for your comments! I’m the same as you … I usually only want to share my opinion when it’s an extreme (like that post I put up awhile ago about passionately disliking a book I read). I didn’t name the book, though, because I didn’t want to the post to come off looking like a review or something. I personally love that about you — your ability to just be straightforward and honest. I trust you for it!

What’s funny is I adore Persuasion. It’s my favorite book of Austen’s. I thought it was her best-written, but perhaps I should read it again with a more critical eye to see what you’re saying because I don’t remember any of that (but you know me, I forget so much stuff). I’ve watched the movie far more than I’ve read the book, and my hubby played Captain Wentworth last year. That was fun. 🙂

Hmm. I had just read Emma and Sense & Sensibility, so I was a little prepped for analysis going in. Of course it’s not a BAD book. I was just disappointed in the execution of some things. I do really like the concept. (I mean I’m single and 26, like Anne, so of course I like the concept.)

Whoops, Anne was 27. Just looked it up.

Michelle D. Argyle

I think I like it the best because I fell in love with the movie Miss Austen Regrets. Have you seen it?

I am not an author but I am an avid reader and I put a lot of faith in reviews when purchasing books online so in my opinion a review should be 100% honest no matter who is writing it. I know that many people believe in the “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” philosophy but when we are spending our hard earned money on a book based on a review by an author who’s writing we enjoy just to find out that the book was less then what we were led to believe then we are going to remember that and both authors will lose credibility with the reader.
I also think that when a writer agrees to give an ARC to anyone not just fellow authors in exchange for an honest review then they need to be prepared for that persons “honest” review. I personally can overlook some grammar and spelling errors in a self published book but not in a book put out by a well known publishing house. On the other hand by the reviews I read on Amazon and GR’s a lot of people can not so writers should be prepared for things like that when asking for reviews. It isn’t hard to go on Amazon and see where the majority of the 1 and 2 star ratings are coming from. I have pretty much given up on trying to read reviews on GR due to the over use of the animated clips everyone on there seems to think they need to use instead of words to describe their reaction to a book.
I personally love reading reviews written by authors for other books, usually because their reviews are well written and well thought out. Even if an author is not familiar with a genre they can still let us know if the characters are well developed, if the language of the book flows, if there is definite progression of the story and if the book was edited well. All of those things can be said without having to like a certain genre and be truthful.
So in a nutshell I hope that authors keep posting reviews for books that they like and tell us why. If I like the books that you write I will probably like the books that you like to read.

Michelle D. Argyle

Amy, I really appreciate your input here as a straight reader and not a writer. I hadn’t thought about how author reviews can be more well-done than other reviews, so that’s definitely something to consider!

I have a list here on my blog of what I read, most of which I would recommend. http://michelledargyle.com/what-im-reading/

I also want to thank you for opening up this discussion as it seems that reviews are looked at in different ways depending on what side of the fence you are on.
I have to say that in my mind when I give a 5 star review it is for a book that I personally think that people of many different ages, nationalities and financial backgrounds can enjoy and relate too. It is also going to be a book I can see someone picking up years from now and still being able to enjoy that book the same way I did when I first read it. For me it is Gone With the Wind, Lord of the Rings, The Great Gatsby good.
I think a 4 star book is one that is very well written but is probably more in tune with what is popular right now and may not last the test of time.
A 3 star book is something I enjoyed but feel is pretty confined to a certain type of reader and just won’t reach a larger group of people.
A 2 star is a book that I finished but would not pick up every again.
A 1 star is something that I couldn’t finish due to not being able to follow the story or just not being able to become invested in it.
First off I usually won’t write a review unless I think it is a 4 or 5 although I find myself wanting to write more with a lesser rating as they move off the free list on Amazon into a book that fellow readers would have to pay for.
Now I see that while I think of it that way, authors may not and I probably won’t write reviews anymore because no matter what I respect anyone who writes and I never want to potentially hurt someone through a review.
I on the other hand don’t want to give a rating that is above what I think it should be. I realize just recently that although I may have given a 5 star rating to a book I did put in there one thing about the book that kind of bothered me, now I wish I never would have.
Can I ask if reviews and ratings are wanted for honest feedback or more so that you can get word of mouth out for the book or is it a combination of a lot of things?

Michelle D. Argyle

Amy, you’re welcome! And thanks for sharing your system here. I find it really interesting and informative. If only the whole world could conform to one type of system, but so many people think of stars differently, and rate things based on their own constructions and viewpoints. It’s just impossible to know what most people mean when they rate a book 5 stars or 2 stars.

To answer your question, I’d have to say that for me as an author, it’s a combination of things. It USED to be that I wanted honest feedback, but that is no longer the case. I rarely read reviews anymore, and it’s not because I don’t respect or appreciate them. I simply don’t feel they are any of my business. I wrote the book and put it out there for readers and what they think of it is their business and others interested in the book. My part is finished in the creation of it. Learning what others would change or didn’t like will get me absolutely nowhere but frustrated and unable to write future books without all those voices in my head. It will not help me write better. That was a difficult realization to come to, honestly, because I love to connect to readers. I just don’t think reviews are the best way to do it.

I think of reviews as word of mouth, these days. They were written by a reader to inform others of how they felt about the book. To me, that means word of mouth. If a reader wants an author to know something specifically, I would hope they would contact the author and not just hope the author would run across their review somewhere. Reviews seem to be the best way to get word out these days, so I always hope and wish for more reviews on my books. Lately, though, I feel it’s almost like pulling teeth to get reviews. I just have to wait for things to happen organically. Solicited reviews have never seemed to work well for me.

So thank you for being a dedicated reader and reviewing books! You are the kind of reader every author adores. You are gold. 🙂

This has been a very educational discussion for me. I am so very happy that I was able to be part of it. If I do write reviews in the future I will approach it in a very different manner then I have in the past.
I wish somehow this discussion could be more public so that more reviewers might think about what they are putting out there and the motivation behind it.

Michelle D. Argyle

Amy, I’m glad! Thank you for being a part of it. I shared my response to your question on my FB page, so there’s a little more exposure of the topic there. You can find it here: http://tiny.cc/b8olzw

This blog is as public as I can go. Wish I was more popular, hah. 🙂

I also find this to be true of blurbs. Some authors give those WAY too freely. I once bought a book solely because Stephen King blurbed that it gave him nightmares. The book wasn’t the slightest bit scary, and I was disappointed. I discovered years later that the publisher had rewritten King’s blurb entirely (the nerve!) but it still amounted to about the same meaning, just a little less vulgar. Now every other book I see seems to have a blurb by Stephen King, including Jodi Piccoult novels, and I can’t see that being a genre that would remotely interest him.

While I’ll never stop reading Stephen King, I will no longer put any stock in his blurbs, as he apparently hands them out like free candy. I suspect it’s the same with overly positive reviews.

Michelle D. Argyle

Holli, I was just talking to someone about this very thing (Stephen King specifically). He’s such an icon now that I doubt he even writes those blurbs anymore. He’s probably signed something saying his publisher can put a blurb with his name on whatever book they want. I don’t that for sure, but it seems like there’s an awful lot of stuff (not even in his genre) that has his name on it. Who knows? All I know is that the politics of blurbs is something I’ve discovered over the past few years since a lot of my friends have books published with bigger publishers. I’ve seen how blurbs happen, why they happen, and how and why they are controlled. I don’t trust them anymore, either, and am very careful about what books I’ll blurb these days.

Scott Bailey

I almost never rate/review books, especially on Amazon or Goodreads (which is, like, also Amazon now). Except that lately I’ve been trying to use GR to help me remember what books I’ve read, and I tend to give them a rating. But most of the authors I read are dead. If I’m really enthusiastic about a book, I will say something about it on my blog, but I don’t want to get involved in the obligatory review-my-friends thing.

I almost never pay attention to rankings/ratings of books, anyway. Most of the recommendations I take are from people I know, book bloggers who don’t do reviews so much as write about the reading experience. I gave Finnegans Wake five stars on Goodreads. Does that matter to anyone? Probably not. I think I’m getting increasingly cynical about the whole system of crowd-sourcing product reviews, especially reviews of book, movies or music.

Michelle D. Argyle

Thanks for coming by, Scott! I’ve been a bit cynical about it, as well, but I have to admit I do like to know what author friends of mine think about certain books. Sometimes I find that out through their reviews, but more often through conversations and emails. I’m glad you gave Finnegans Wake five stars. I think it deserves that. 🙂

Cherie Reich

I do still write reviews, even as a published author. I’ve been a reader way longer than I’ve been a writer, and if I never wrote a single word again, I would still read. I approach the books mainly as a reader, even though I’m on the other side. I also only review books I’ve finished, so if a book is a one or two star, then I’m not going to finish it, and thus, I won’t review it. I’ve never done a review exchange, though, because I can see where the complications may arise in a “I’ll read and review your book, if you do mine.”

Will I always review books? I’m not sure. Knowing how important they can be, it’s hard to say no.

Michelle D. Argyle

Hi Cherie! I’m glad you’ve found what works for you. I’ve read your reviews and you do a good job with them. They always seem fair to me. My personality is such that I can’t feel comfortable writing reviews, but I’m happy that other authors can!

Arza Winters

I’ve switched my mindset from giving book reviews on my blog to giving book recommendations. If I read a book and hate it, I’ve decided not to rip it apart. In fact, I won’t mention it at all. But I don’t see anything wrong with suggesting books that I enjoy. Of course, I’ve also decided my personal rule is to not recommend books upon request from other authors. It’s simply whatever book I happen to be reading. If I read a book by an author I know, and I really like it, I might recommend it. I’ll probably keep these recommendations short. No star system. Simply what I liked about it, or what others might find interesting. This way, I’m still helping support the literature, but I’m not obligated to be dishonest reviewing a book from an author I know.

Besides, there are other ways to help authors get the word out on their books, like author interviews, blog tour entries, etc.

I’m still not sure what to do about GoodReads, though.

Michelle D. Argyle

Thank you for coming by, Arza! I think it’s good you’re doing recommendations. I did that at one point, but since I’ve created my new site here, I haven’t done so. I’m beginning to feel it’s something better done on my social networks instead of my blog. Also, you’ve made a good point about not recommending books upon request. That can always get sticky. There really are so many ways to help authors! I hope you figure out what works best for you on Goodreads. 🙂

James Duckett

Okay, I’ve just got to weigh in. Before I was a writer, I wrote Amazon reviews. And now, I’m a top reviewer and rather proud of it, so I keep reviewing to keep my ranking up.

That said, I’ve reduced how many books I review. But when I do review books, I often try to stress the market for the book. If I didn’t like it, I’ll usually give it low marks but highlight the fact that it wasn’t for me. But then I’d say who it WAS for. If I did love it, I’ll give it 4-5 stars tell them what kind of reader I am. I try not to pull any punches, but I’ll say, “If you aren’t into this genre, skip this book,” and so far no author has expressed a displeasure with me.

Personally, I think the best rating you can give a book is 3 stars. Those are the reviews I read. They are the reviews I find out what was good and what was bad about a book, or any other product. Those are the reviews that ultimately sell me on picking something up.

And, yes, I’ll give books 1 & 2 stars if they deserve it.

Michelle D. Argyle

Hi James! Thank you for weighing in. I can definitely understand why you want to keep up your ranking on Amazon as a reviewer. That’s a coveted position! It sounds like you are a fair reviewer, and that is a wonderful thing. And honestly, I like the 3 stars best when I’m looking for a book to read. I actually don’t read reviews much until I’ve finished the book, then I go look at the 3 stars to see how others felt. It’s always a good balance there.

Jenn Hubbard

This is a decision strongly governed by the writer’s comfort level. I made a decision from the beginning not to review or rate books. I sometimes recommend books if I’ve liked them (usually on impulse and unbeknownst to the author!), or I’ll announce the launch of a new book that sounds interesting, but I don’t think I could juggle the reviewer and author hats as gracefully as some people do. And so I don’t attempt it.

Michelle D. Argyle

Jenn, it is definitely a personal thing! I’ve loved reading all these comments about it. I’ve always enjoyed you sharing other books on your blog. It’s fun to see what other authors like. 🙂