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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?)

Unsurprisingly, I was a book-loving kid. And although I didn’t always love the books assigned to me in school, I ...

Thar Be Trolls: On Reading Amazon Reviews

“I was hoping for a twist.” -one star review of To Kill A Mockingbird “Repetitive…a boring ocean of words.” -one ...

Dear Publicists: Don’t Solicit To My Book Club

To the Good People Who Promote Books: I’m sure it’s not always easy to be a book publicist, particularly now. ...

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

I try to keep track of the books I read so that I don’t accidentally pick it up again thinking ...

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

Last week’s release of the annual VIDA count highlighted yet again that the influential review world favors male authors and ...

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

To celebrate the end of the year, we’re running some of our favorite posts from the last six months. We’ll ...

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

Last week, I read a book from cover to cover that I simply loathed. (Yes, I almost always finish a ...