R is for…

I’ve taken on the challenge of an A-Z during April – one post each day on a chosen theme. My theme? Books and writing, of course…

R is for Rick Stein

Another of my foodie heroes, I love how Rick doesn’t just give you a recipe, he takes you on a journey. I’m sure some of it is scripted but I truly can imagine him wandering marketplaces and sipping beers in cafes writing notes and ideas in his journal.

Rick Stein is exactly the sort of food writer that I’d like to be – if I was actually writing about food, that is. I’m sure we would be besties if we ever met. Truly.

R is for Reviews

I don’t read them. I can’t – I’m way too thin-skinned. While logically I know that my stories and my characters won’t be everyone’s cup of tea – I don’t want to read that.

The same goes for my protagonists. We’ve all met people in real life who we don’t take to, so why should I be upset if others don’t like my characters? Yet I am.

So I don’t read reviews – in case no one has left one, and in case I don’t like what I see.

I do, however, leave reviews – if I’ve enjoyed a book, a restaurant, a hotel. Having said that, if I have a problem, I address it first with the restaurant or hotel before going to town about it on Trip Advisor.

As for books? I’ll leave reviews on Goodreads only for those that have really touched me. Much of the time if I don’t like a book, it’s because I don’t like the genre – and to review on that basis isn’t fair. If it wasn’t my cup of tea, why should I leave something soul destroying for the author?

I get that the whole business of reviews is, well, a business – especially in the indie author game. I also know that I need reviews in order to have any impact on the complicated system of algorithms that Amazon uses, but I can’t bring myself to actually ask for them. Nor do I think I’ll ever be the author who posts snippets of great ones on social media – only because I would have had to read them first!