Honesty is the best policy.
Simple yet profound.
If you lie to your best friend to spare their feelings, you aren't doing them any favours. When they hear the truth from someone who is more callous than caring, the hurt is ten times more than if you told them in the first place. In this world of literature, we all appreciate well crafted sentences and creative use of words.
When we are asked to give a review, it's like someone asking their best friend for an honest opinion on something. Don't lie to them; don't lie to the readers. Believe it or not we are entrusted with something someone has worked on. Being honest in your review means a lot to a writer especially when given in a constructive manner. It builds them as writers and helps to expand their artistic reach. I've learned the value of evaluation through being both a blogger and a Toastmaster. From the perspective of a blogger, I have to do it for the author and the reader. Has this book reached its potential? Can it improve? I am one other perspective and most of the time we are the sample which represents the masses. Not to mention I love to stir discussion about a good book. All these work out in favour of the author and the readers.
In the end we should aim to hail great works of art as well as help others to reach those heights of greatness. I became a better speaker and presenter because after every speech I presented, I was evaluated. I got someone else's views on my strengths and weaknesses.
As bloggers, we have an awesome responsibility to play a role in recognizing literary art and giving an honest review of them. Be true to what we are about, be true to yourself.
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