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The Compulsive Reader: So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

So Tell Me What You Want, What You Really, Really Want...

Besides wanting me to shut up, that is.

No my darling book buddies, I will not quote old pop songs at you. It's been a little while since I've gotten nice and up and close and personal with ya'll, so here's a confession I have to make: I have a tendency to get rather caught up in rankings and ratings. It's a very bad habit, I know. I'm trying to break it, I PROMISE. But in the meantime, Amazon.com has become my enabler, what with their reviewer rankings. And recently, my nifty little helpful percentage dropped a percent (Oh, I know what you're thinking, "Oooh, big deal! Not."), and it got me thinking about what readers really want in reviews.

I might have mentioned this before, but I really don't like reading reviews. It's true (although that's NOT the reson I'm behind on my GoogleReader posts, I SWEAR). I'm such a hypocrite, I know. I even hate reading the little reviews under the product descriptions on Amazon (don't read the one for Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier! Blatant spoiler alert!). So, I guess I am kinda shooting in the dark when it comes to writing reviews, even though I've been doing it on the public blog for almost a year. (Whoa, a year? Wow. It just hit me. Like a heavy hard drive.)

So what do you want to know? As most of you know, I'm pretty formal (no personal pronouns, no crazed fangirl moments, etc.) to avoid sounding like another teen ranting and raving. Do you like the product summaries? Wanna know if the characters were believable? Is the plot unique? What's one thing (or you can tell me about more than one thing) that you want to know about a book when you read a review? Or do want me to not change? I'm here to serve you.

Also! I may or may not have totally lost my cool and flipped out about a certain series by PC and Kristen Cast back in July... Anyways, as most of you should know, seeing as it's currently number two on this month's poll, UNTAMED, the fourth book in the series comes out in less than a week! If any of you are like me, you are dying of anticipation. But I have something that will help! Click here. You are welcome. Also, isn't it pretty? And it's very complex! Complex enough to sustain us til HUNTED, which comes out in March!

I think that's it...except, I am sorry about the sloooow updates. That would be due to the malignant Calcu-Beast. You guys don't realize how lucky you are that you have me to keep it at bay with my handy-dandy graphing calculator and nifty purple pencil. I'm just saying...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey! About your reviews...well, I love them! I don't want you to change a thing! You make it really concise and give us some of the plot without spoilers. Also, your writing is really well done and you always insert your opinions nicely. Don't change!

The Compulsive Reader said...

Aw, thanks a bunch!