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Back and Forth

Life.. Your whole life is changes.
You go through changes in your life.
One second, you got it made.
Next second you're down in the dumps.
And it goes back and forth throughout your whole life

Back and Forth -- U.N.K.L.E.

That quote is from the opening track on a CD I really love, Never Never Land by U.N.K.L.E. I was thinking the other day how sometimes this quote describes my life as a writer. Or more specifically, my writer's relationship with Good Reads.

I don't spend a lot of time at Good Reads. Sure, I check it every day, looking to see if there are any new ratings for my books. And I take all the ratings to heart. The 4 and 5 star ratings are a little boost, and the 1 and 2 star ratings send me down in the dumps. But, I don't spend time interacting with people at Good Reads. Face it, I don't interact that much with people online anywhere. It doesn't mean I'm a snob, it just means that I've been burned before, due to my trusting nature, so I like to hold people at arm's length.

What I've noticed over time is that, all in all, I'm okay with Good Reads. The King's Tale has a wide variety of ratings. The good news it, it's ranked more heavily on the "love it" side. The people who hate it seem to  really hate it, but it's difficult to judge since most of them deign to leave a review. I realize what people will say, don't look at Good Reads, don't take those ratings to heart. For me though, that's a bit like standing at the beach and yelling for the waves to stop lapping at the shore. Maybe in a few years from now I won't look at Good Reads anymore, but for now I do, and the good news is it doesn't bother me to look at it.

My happiest place over there is the page for "Blue Moon"...I am so pleased that people like that book. Speaking of "Blue Moon", I got another fantastic review yesterday from Man Oh Man Reviews:


The one thing that confounds me at Good Reads is the usage of half stars in ratings. I don't mean to step on anyone's toes...but as writers we're held to strict grammar rules, so it doesn't make sense that math rules are thrown out the window when it comes to rounding decimals. Good Reads doesn't have a system that allows people to rate a book "3.5" stars. So when in the body of a review I see someone say they rated it 3.5 stars, and then only give it 3 stars I'm perplexed. 3.5 rounds up to 4. Whenever you are rounding, once you reach 5 you round up. [for example, rounding 350 to the nearest hundred, you round to 400]. I read a cute little rhyme one time that said, "If it's four or below, keep it down low, five or above, give it a shove". I guess the bottom line is, if you really only want to give the book 3 stars, but make the author feel good in the process, rate it 3.4.

So, those are my Good Reads reflections for today.



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Apr. 28th, 2012 11:45 am (UTC)
I don't know how to feel most days about GoodReads. I don't interact on line with hardly anyone either---I mean I blog, but I don't 'chat', tweet with people much at all, and I too trust people a lot, maybe too much. So when I'm hurt it's like once bitten, twice shy.

I know I'm not an author, but I respect & appreciate you as an author, Rowena. I don't think I'd have the courage or resilience to be an author; I can barely even post book reviews for fear of criticism, censure, or outright persecution (all of which I've experienced writing book reviews before, mostly by the readers themselves) :) Yet I still check GoodReads for book releases & reviews---maybe I hope it'll change. Or maybe that I will :)

Apr. 28th, 2012 11:53 am (UTC)
When I step outside myself and look at what I've accomplished I'm still shocked. Maybe I shouldn't be, I'm still the shy little girl who discovered in 11th grade that she wanted to major in speech communication, and was really good at it.

It is hard, as a writer, to read criticism...but I guess it goes with the territory.

I appreciate your kind words <3 *hugs*

;) ever the author, I had to edit my comment.

Edited at 2012-04-28 03:54 pm (UTC)
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