Heyyyyyyyyy Henny! On this lovely Sunday, I wanted to get

Heyyyyyyyyy Henny! On this lovely Sunday, I wanted to get

5/3/2021, 8:44:15 PM
Heyyyyyyyyy Henny! On this lovely Sunday, I wanted to get real with everyone. I just wanted to have a deep conversation about reviews. This isn’t what I wanted to post today but hey I feel like we need to have this conversation. I just want to talk about reviewing Own Voices stories real quick. Now, I know that none of us here are professional book reviewers. But I feel like many people find themselves in a tricky situation when reviewing books by POC. For example, I can’t count the times where I’ve been on my explorer page and I come across a negative review of an own voices book where a bookstagramer says “this book made me feel uncomfortable” or “I couldn’t relate to this story” or maybe “this book was too emotional.” Now the question that instantly comes to mind is whether these are valid excuses to give to own voices stories? Is it rational to take 3 stars off a book because of those points mentioned above? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that because a book is written by an own voices writer we have to immediately give it a five-star review. No, what I’m trying to understand here is whether if things like “not relating to a story” should be counted in our ratings? I personally review books by looking at how an author interprets the idea of the human experience. Everything else is a plus or minus, like the writing, prose, characterization, plot, my experience, and all those other good things. So I want to know what you think about this? Should we let people slide when they make comments like this? Or should we start having a different conversation with them about their experience with a certain book? #discussion #ownvoices #ownvoicesreviews #stacks #books #reading #iread #sunday #questions #realtalk #bookstagram #quarantine #poc #booksbooksbooks #bookstea #bookaholic #bookish

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