Even before all the fun and games started at Goodreads over the weekend, I found myself thinking quite a lot about reviewing, community and boundaries. This piece from Liz over at Something More started it. Her arguments in favor of writers reviewing one another made me think. On the one hand, I’ve known some authors who have expressed discomfort with the idea of writing in-depth, critical reviews of other romance novels because they fear that they either (1) would not be able to be objective or (2) would not be perceived as objective. Romlandia can be a small world at times, so I understand those concerns. I can also see the difficulties for authors not wanting to damage relationships or hurt their own careers. Then again, as a reader, I would love to see authors who know their craft reviewing books and telling us […]
Last year curiosity had me attempting to gather data about AAR reviews. How did the reviews breakdown into genres? Well, for a statistics novice, it was impossible. I would cut and paste data into my spreadsheet, but never could figure out how to populate it. I would work on it for a couple of hours, and then give up. This went on for about three months.
Finally I asked the right person and discovered that LinnieGayl is an expert at this type of thing. I sent her my Excel file and within hours I had wonderful facts and figures such as a breakdown of what we each reviewed and the totals for the site. Now these results are not all of 2012. A portion of December is missing, still is it very close representation of the selection here for last year.
We talked about it in the group – more like kidding each other, because some of us definitely have […]