Wednesday, December 6, 2023

December #IWSG: It's the Most Chaotic Time of the Year


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The awesome co-hosts for the December 6 posting of the IWSG are C. Lee McKenzie, JQ Rose, Jennifer Lane, and Jacqui Murray!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional
December 6 question: Book reviews are for the readers. When you leave a book reviews do you review for the Reader or the Author? Is it about what you liked and enjoyed about your reading experience, or do you critique the author?

I don't leave reviews anymore on Goodreads or other sites. It's painful to read ones that belittle the author or their books. An honest review is one thing, but just bashing them to hear yourself talk or make yourself appear better is so high school. If I do praise an author, I will by giving a shout-out to them on my blog or Instagram or I will tell others in person how much I loved a book or series. If a book is really that poorly written, I feel like others will already know. They don't need my two cents. 

How is everyone this time of year? Writing, editing, reading, or all three? Wrapping packages? Just now starting to shop? All finished with your list? Ready for some time off? I hope you have a wonderful season of rest and relaxation. 
Merry Christmas!


  1. I get why you don't post reviews. I still do sometimes but only if the review will be positive. I only write really short ones.

  2. It sounds like some reviewers are jealous. Why else would they bash the author?

  3. People who review just to be negative are jerks!

  4. I always adhere to the golden rule when it comes to reviews. I'd hate for anyone to bash me or my book, so I won't do that to them. If I can't honestly say I like the book, I'd rather not say anything at all.

  5. I have never been approached to review anyone's work and would likely decline if given the chance. At times, I have sent in comment regarding service at a restaurant and the like, but only when the service was positive and the staff went out of their way to ensure the experience was enjoyable. The holiday season offers little time to add to my own writing but I still like to be present to offer support for those that I follow. Enjoy your holiday and hold the ones you love close. Be well!


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