Before I begin this post, I would like to make it clear that I am not an established book reviewer. I started everything as a hobby and it turned into something else. I still feel that there is a lot to be achieved in this field and I have no qualms in accepting the fact that I am not a well-read person.
Blogging about books or the more sophisticated term for it as the world knows “Book Reviewer” is something that I never thought about. It just happened and exploded for me. I am not an opinionated person. I try not to give my opinions on everything and anything under the sun because 99% of the times, my opinions do not matter and I am well aware of this fact.
I started writing about books because I like reading and sharing my experiences with a book that I have read through my blog. When these experiences turned into my opinions about a book, I clearly have no idea. For those who have seen me grow all this while, they know very clearly that I never write negative things about a book. It has only happened thrice on my blog that I’ve given a negative review for a book just because I thought the book didn’t make any sense to me at all and that was a personal opinion. I am not concerned about how people take it and I am least bothered. I write what I want to and I will continue to do so. To take it or ignore it is a reader’s personal choice and I respect that.
A fact, which most of the critics/reviewers across the world don’t know, don’t realise or clearly ignore that it takes a LOT to come up with something creative. A lot of thought, hard-work and dunno how many hours a person a puts in to put something across an audience. It takes a lot of guts, trust me on that. And people lash out all these efforts in a couple of sentences and these same people are known as critics. Honestly, I never take a critic’s opinion about anything seriously as long as it is not constructive. Yes, there is something called “CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM”, a term which is alien to most of us, specially critics and reviewers. And being a mere mortal, who is a nobody, I always try to be constructively critical about everything creative I see or read.
A couple of days back an acquaintance told me that a publishing house has blacklisted me because I wrote a negative review about their book and they won’t be sending me any more review copies of their books in future. I found it extremely hilarious. Laughed my guts off and told the person it doesn’t matter to me. I can always buy a book published by them if I want to read it but honestly I am not interested in reading a book in which clueless, hopeless teenagers make out on every second page.
A very established book reviewer I met at Jaipur Literary Fest told me to go selective about the books I read and review on my blog and I think, it’s about time I start doing that. It doesn’t matter to me if a publishing house is sending me a review copy of a book or not, I can always buy them and no one can stop me from doing that and I think I am going to do exactly the same in near future.
If you are sending me a review copy of your book or published by you, please make sure that you are ready to accept whatever I think about your book. If you cannot do that, then please do not take the pains to send it across or even write to me. I am not here to flatter or impress anyone and it would be always like that.
I hardly used to refuse any book review requests but now I have started doing that. If something doesn’t interest me, I am not up for it. It was never about how many books I read in a day or how much I read, it is and will always be about what I read. If you get my drift.