Wondering why almost all my reviews are so positive?

You’ve probably noticed that I rate every book I’ve on a five-@ system, and that I usually rate books @@@@@, @@@@, or at least @@@. In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever rated a book at less than @@@.

This is no accident, and it’s not because I’ve never met a book I didn’t like. There are hundreds of thousands of books published in English every year, and, not to put a fine edge on it, most of them are crap.

My ratings run very high because:

  • I choose only books I really want to read — because I follow the author or am interested in the theme or setting.
  • If I find when I’ve read some of the book that I don’t think it’s worth reading after all, I simply stop reading and turn to another book.. And I only review books I’ve finished.
  • Though authors now sometimes send me their books to read, I rarely accept one for review. It has to meet my standard criteria, or I won’t read it.

So, there you have it.


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2 responses to “Wondering why almost all my reviews are so positive?

  1. Betty Taller

    Happy Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed your review of Steve Jobs and
    Walter Isaacson.

  2. Thanks, Betty. It’s an outstanding book.

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