Monday, January 17, 2011

Can I smack some people on Goodreads ... please?

I got on Goodreads yesterday to find that I had another starred review. I'll be honest, my stomach takes a few dips and dives every time that number goes up. I know that I'm not supposed to let that "affect" me, but hey, writers are human too!

And so, it was disappointing to find that this person had only given Asteria two stars. To date, we have no "bad" written reviews, and very few low starred reviews, but on the rare occasions that it happens, I go and look at when they started the book, when they finished the book, what other books they did/did not like. This one took the cake, though.

In two days, this person reviewed over 1,100 books. Very few fours were given, same with the threes, and the majority of reviews seemed to be one and two stars. I started looking at the books that were around mine, and found that I'm actually in pretty good company. Here are just a few of my fellow one and two-starred books:
To Kill a Mockingbird
Tuesdays with Morrie
Oliver Twist
Beautiful Creatures
Anything Nora Roberts
Most Janet Evanovich
Dark Divine
The Glass Menagerie
Treasure Island
Where the Red Fern Grows
Eat, Pray, Love
Forgive My Fins
Lost Saints
His review average is a 2.24, and out of his 1120 ratings a whopping 53% received a 1 or 2 star review, 32% received 3stars, 3% received 4, and, wait for it .... the only two books that received 5 stars were, yep, you guessed it, written by him. He not only starred his own books, but gave himself a rave review. What a swell guy.

Now I've run across a few of these (one of the one-star reviews we've gotten, the girl's average was a 1.47 ... I figure that if I didn't like reading that much, I'd have tossed my books out long ago), and honestly, I try not to let it bother me, but for some reason this guy really jerks my chain. He rated a Dr. Seuss book as a 2-star, for Pete's sake. As my grandmother would say, them's fightin' words!

Personally, I think this person is trying to seem legit by having a mass amount of reviews. I doubt he's read any of the books he's reviewed (not counting his own, of course), but give me a break!

I'm not naive enough to believe that everyone is going to like Asteria, but I at least want them to read the thing before they throw down a review! Really, is that too much to ask?