Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Way To Not Review A Book

  I just finished reading a book on my Kindle. I have a Kindle on my PC, and I have a Nook as my e-reader. I do believe I have the best of both worlds. That way if Amazon has a sale on a specific book that the Nook does not then I read it on the PC, or my phone. (It came with a Kindle app that I recently started using and LOVE it!) I think of that man for the Dos Equis commercials, only it’s me and not him saying… “I may not be the smartest, but when it comes to being able to read a book I’ll always find a way.” Instead of him saying, “Stay thirsty, my friends,” I then say, “Read more, my friends.” At about that point I realize that I will never be an actress. And at about that point I wonder about a future writing career, as well.

  I recently tried my hand at a review. That’s right. I wrote my first review of a book on Amazon. It was for an author I really admire, and thankfully I did not use my real name. I love the star rating, you know, the rate this book on a scale of one to five stars, five being the highest. Apparently on Amazon you can’t do that, you need to leave at least a twenty word review as well. So, I did it. Then I looked at the other reviews for the book and about let out a scream. Mine didn't look anything like the others. I gave a quick yada dada about the author, a few word babble about the characters, and that was about it. Almost all of the other reviews went into depth about the plot, characters, and whatever else constitutes a real review.

  Why did I bother to leave a review in the first place? I think I've heard along the way that reviews help to make that book more visible in the vast array of books that Amazon sells. Make sense? The more reviews and star ratings the more likely it is that that book will turn up when someone searches for something similar. I’m sure someone else can explain it better than me. Needless to say I am pretty sure my reviews will get better.

  With that being said have you ever been to Goodreads is a neat little site that I don’t spend nearly enough time on. Today I reviewed nineteen books that I had recently read (via the star rating). I’m sure it works the same way as Amazon or Barnes and Noble, so I am confident a written review would have been better. Something very sad occurred to me there. I have no friends! EEK! Haha. I don’t know how that happened! I felt lonely! J

  So I know that I will never be an actress, or a reviewer. I think I will stick with what I know, but it’s always fun to dream, isn't it?

  Now, if you are a part of goodreads, and would like, I would be happy to become your friend! You can find me under Kelly Watson. If you pin on Pinterest, or tweet on Twitter, you can also find me under Kelly Ryan Watson. Just sayin!

  What is the job that you know is just not for you, yet you’d like to try it anyways? Do you review books after you read them? What are you reading right now?   

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