Thanks for nothing, Goodreads…😡

Warning: this is a rant. If you only allow yourself to be optimistic at all times, please refrain from reading this post.

😆 Just kidding, friends. I actually just want to share something that’s annoying me about Goodreads.

Over the past six months, I’ve been repeatedly blocked on Goodreads. I’ll be scrolling along, liking posts from books added to reviews—even adding books to my TBR, and all of sudden I’m blocked. This lasts for sometimes up to an hour. Goodreads has a cap of 70 likes allowed in a set amount of time. I believe it’s an hour. This probably doesn’t seem like a big deal, but for someone who limits themselves to mainly Goodreads for social media, it is. I don’t know of any other media platform that does this, do you?

What upsets me the most is that I’ve been a member on Goodreads for fourteen years now. Why would the system not be more sophisticated than that? Shouldn’t it be smart enough to know that I’m not a spammer?

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I’ll NEVER share Amazon.com links again… @amazon #blocked #reviews #blacklisted

Years ago I was blocked from reviewing anything and everything on Amazon.com–including all the products that I buy–not just books.

Amazon refuses to reinstate all of my reviews or allow me to leave reviews on products that I purchase because they believe that somehow I violated community guidelines. My guess is that somehow they discovered that I have a book blog (or read for NetGalley and other ARC websites) and believe my reviews to be biased. Although, I’ve seen people actually mention that they’ve received books from NetGalley in their Amazon.com reviews, and they’ve not been removed. I don’t have a clue what caused this to happen and haven’t been given an explanation as to why since the beginning.

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Emblems on Book Covers: Good or Bad? #BookCovers #Opinions

I’m a person who feels that book covers are important. It’s the first thing you see, and more often than not, it pulls me in to check out the book. Many people say that covers don’t matter, but book covers make a big impression on me and engage me. Not only that, covers are art, and artists put time into creating aesthetics that have the power to bring a book to life. They fuss over title placement, graphics, and colors—everything that will make their cover a perfect fit and unique to their book.

This brings to mind something that’s been bugging me lately, and that’s the addition of an emblem on certain YA books: Reese’s YA Book Club. What is it that irritates me so much about these emblems?

  • They’re permanent: you can’t remove them because they’ve been printed on the cover.
  • They’re a huge eyesore and ruin the beautiful art of the cover.
  • Because these are getting printed on a large number of books, it takes away from the uniqueness of the book art.
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Negative review? Keep it to yourself…

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  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.