A serious question. I am on Goodreads and often find myself thinking, well wondering what is it good for? I have tons of friends there and not a one has reviewed my book. I understand that there is a TBR list in everyone’s pocket and a book by a new author or relatively new author may not be something you be willing to risk but if we do not read our work and that of the people we call friends then what good are we?
This is not a rant but it is an interesting thing to point out. Recently I pointed out the need for reviews, well this is the need to be more active with those you call friends. Especially if a book has been recommended to you, if A) it is not your kind of book there is a sure sign that you have some semblance of respect for other authors by sharing the work as someone in your circle may want to read it. Heck a tweet here and there, a short comment on it. B) put it on or in your TBR list and read it when you have time, heck even an excerpt a page or two, something to give you a feel for it, something that may have you asking what a minute and sending an email to the author asking a question or two as to why they wrote something a certain way.
I know that I when asked to do a review I will read the book and review it should I find it interesting and if not I will tell the author that I am passing it on to someone who may read it and review it. But I do find that I usually read and review all work even the ones that are not in my personal favorites. Yes we may not all have the time to do such things and many may already have more books than they can read in a lifetime, but a review does not take such a long time to write. A half decent review takes even less time to write.
But I guess this is the price we pay for living in an age where people want to collect friends on social networks without actually having any real, or half way decent interactions.
Sorry folks for letting it turn into a rant.
By Jin Okubo