There´s a problem with honest book reviews from book bloggers. Did you know about that? Have you already figured out what the problem is? It´s tiny, almost miniscule microscopic, but it´s still there. I´m even positive this problem doesn´t even bother anyone, either.
Honesty. Probably one of the trickiest and most misunderstood word existing. We all want honesty but it´s often not accepted or appreciated, depending on the type of honesty that´s been given. Negative honesty is never welcomed. Positive honesty is always appreciated.
But what about the unnecessary type of honesty? Like- the mentioning of honesty in book reviews?
In the ever growing book industry, book bloggers / readers are confronted with writers from every bookish corner. We´ve got the indie writers, the self – published authors and the traditional published authors. And every single one of those writers, no matter the niche they occupy or the genre they write in,.. they all need feedback ( as I´ve so cleverly mentioned in my post on 5 Reasons Why Book Reviews Are Important.) Feedback usually comes from readers. But that´s a whole other bedtime story for another night. ( and some day I will get to how opinions affect authors ) And they all want honest opinions. Okay, fair enough, right? Shouldn´t be that difficult to accomplish. In fact, this should be the easiest part of a book blogger´s job. Yet….. there´s a problem. A weird one.
Ever picked a review to read and noticed how those reviewers include a
“this is my honest opinion”
line? Whether that line is on the top of a review or skillfully weaved into a review… Reviewers often ( if not always ) add that line or use the words honest opinion.
Isn´t that just fabulous? Everyday, indecisive readers get to read an honest opinion on a book. If you take a few seconds to think about it… Mentioning honesty isn´t really necessary because it should go without saying that the review on any book is honest. Why bother, otherwise, right?
But the word holds more power than one would think. Honesty. Because we get blindsided about the actual fact and meaning.
“Oh wow! We´re getting an honest opinion.”
When in reality, you´re getting one person´s point of view. It´s their honesty. No one elses. It´s not the honesty above all honesty.
It´s irrelivant to include “This is my honest opinion.” because I, myself, assume I´m getting an honest opinion anyway. That was my honest opinion right there.
But for a book blogger to include such info? Can someone see where I´m going with this? It´s confusing.
I have yet to come across a book blogger who went out of their way to lie in their reviews.
Okay – If we leave out the special people who review books they haven´t read ( yes, dear book – loving – Padawans. That´s a thing. And these people can be spotted easily ) then there´s no reason not to think a review isn´t always honest.
I agree with you all that this isn´t world shattering business but it´s still something to think about.
Dear book bloggers, why do you add that line? Is it because you want to prevent a war? Is it because maybe you feel better including the honesty disclaimer? Why do you do it, if you do it at all?
Maybe it´s because book bloggers have been asked by publishers or authors to include the honesty bit in reviews…. Which is fine. Doesn´t mean it makes more sense to me because ( see reasons above ) it still doesn´t make sense ( does this make sense?!).
So, there´s my answer to the problem. Including an honesty line doesn´t carry much meaning.
I would love to read your thoughts on the subject Honest Opinions In Reviews!<3
Thank you all for reading this blog post.
PS: In no way was I trying to be offensive to fellow book bloggers who include the honesty line in their reviews.