Reading, I finished 2 books this week and started another. I read Mile 81 by Stephen King and that was hugely disappointing. Uncle Stevie failed me in an effort to push something out before his newest release. But, I can forgive him. I also finished a review request that I had, and the review for that is going up on Wednesday I believe.
I started Frankenstein, and no, I have never read it before. I never had to read it in high school and I didn't read Dracula until college. I think it has something to do with where I live. I'm only about 30% of the way through it, but I'm enjoying it so far. And of course, I'm still reading Anna Karenina. If you're participating in the readalong and missed my post, here it is.
So, as far as blogging, I have this horrible habit of waking up and checking my email from my phone. I really need to stop this, because it totally interrupted my sleep today. I had an email saying that I had a comment on one of my reviews on Amazon. It actually wasn't a very nice comment.
It was on a review that I wrote back in August. A series that I accepted for free, in exchange for a completely honest review. In fact, it clearly states that on the review. I happened to really like the book and the series. It was a concept that I'd never heard of, and overall I really enjoyed it. A user commented on the review of the first in the series and said,
"I bought this book on the strength of reviews like this. It was a badly written book,annoying to read. You should stop writing reviews for friends. Does nothing for your credibility."
Um, excuse me, sir? Did I not clearly state that I received this book in exchange for an honest review? What irritated me the most is that he's (or she, I don't really know which) insulting my credibility. I have never once written a review just for the author's gratification, I don't believe in that, and I actually have written a whole long post about Honesty in Reviewing. Plus, the fact of the matter is, people are allowed to have different opinions. There have been plenty of books that I happened to like and other people didn't and vice versa. Just because you didn't like a book in no way discredits me. I made this response.
"I'm sorry that you didn't like the book, but I actually have never had contact with the author other than the email that was written requesting me to review the book. I've never written a review for a friend and I have never written a review that wasn't honest. As I said, sorry that you didn't like it, but everyone has their own opinions, especially with books, and I happened to like this. To each their own."
What I really wanted to do was tell him what an asshole he was for insulting my credibility, but I decided to take the high road. I also took a peek at his other reviews, and it seems they're one of those people that only reviews if they REALLY hate the book. So, to this stupid Amazon reviewer, I say go eff yourself. That's the beautiful thing about the world that we live in, you don't have to like what I like, and you shouldn't attack me for it.
Has this ever happened to anyone else, or have you had a similar experience? I'd love for you to share in the comments!
That's all I have for today. Making the rounds to everyone else's post after I finish this coffee. Happy Sunday everyone!