#book reviews

5 Stealthy Ways to Help Promote New Books

Have a friend or favorite author with a book out? Here are some ways to go the extra mile to help with promotion.

Cliche Reviews For When You Didn’t Read the Book

Didn't read the book? Don't worry about it! We've got you covered with these canned cliche reviews perfect for feigning expertise on any title.

No Man is an Island: Changing Your Opinion About a Book

If you change your opinion on a book because of a review or a comment or a friend... is it really your opinion?

The Specular Postmodernism of Paul Auster’s NEW YORK TRILOGY

There's a different sort of postmodernism reflected in Paul Auster's NEW YORK TRILOGY. It's a detective novel unlike any other.

Why I Review Everything I Read

After eight years of blogging, one Rioter explains why she still reviews every book she reads.

10 BookTubers I Love (and You Will, Too)

Bookish YouTube channels that are smart, funny, and informative.

I Hate Book Reviews (So Why Do I Keep Writing Them?)

Thar Be Trolls: On Reading Amazon Reviews

Dear Publicists: Don’t Solicit To My Book Club

Book Rating Categories That Should Exist (Because Star Ratings Can Be Useless)

When Book Reviews Go Wrong

Welcome to the Dear Book Nerd podcast, a biweekly show that answers YOUR questions about life, love, and literature! My guest co-host this week is the effervescent Cindy Pon, author of YA fantasy books Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix, with Serpentine coming out in 2015. Cindy and I answer listener-submitted questions that focus primarily on book reviews. We discuss topics such as: what happens if you win a book in a Goodreads giveaway, but you don't like the book? What should you do when an author responds to a negative review you posted? Is reading reviews before reading a book a good idea, or will it influence your opinion? And much, much more. Thanks for joining me, Cindy!

The Ladies Have Always Kicked Ass: Why We Talk About Gender, Books, and Criticism

Best of Book Riot: The Four Parts of a Book Review

The Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name: An Editor’s Dilemma