(Well actually my pseudonym is RJ Scott, but for the auspices of this post I am RJ Scott, writer).
Hello, my name is RJ Scott and I am a reader.
The two go hand in hand in my honest opinion. You can't improve your own craft unless you actually interact. An actor watches films, a surgeon watches surgery, a writer should read. Simple. I read a book every other day, quicker if they are shorter.
Problem is. Reviewing.
I have quite a few people following me on Goodreads (waves to my awesome GR friends list) and so, when I post something on there about writing I suppose I am approaching them as RJ Scott, Writer. However, I have had on about ten separate occasions had people say they read my book reviews and that they are interested in what I think of a book (hugs them all).
Thing is... and this is what I struggle with. Does me reviewing a book badly reflect on my writing? Do people sit there and say *What the f**k does she know? Her *insert RJ Scott book title here* was crap anyway*. Because of feeling like this, for two years of being with Goodreads, and reading so many MM books I have lost count, I have always been hesitant to post reviews.
Up until now, I have only posted a rating if I felt a book was worthy of a 4 or 5. Or if I read a book that I desperately think everyone should be reading because I love it so much. But now, what I want to do, is become a little more active in my reviewing and actually write a few sentences about which of my GR friends may like which book i read. I will still only post ratings for books that are 4s and 5s.
I hope no one is offended by anything I write, I will just try to be honest. I love contemporary romance with a HEA, so I will be biased in what I love. I also have my favourite authors, people like Chris Quinton and Marie Sexton, Diane Adams and Meredith Russell (and Stephani Hecht's hockey books *mainlines them*).
There will be a bias with them as well. I can't help what I love. That doesn't mean that some of my GR friends wont like the Sci-Fi I was confused with, or the shifter book that I didn't enjoy and I will make sure to add that in my recommendations... I am not an impartial reviewer. I just know what I like and I hope everyone is cool with that...
Please feel free to tell me I know f**k all! ROFL...
Happy Saturday... RJ XXXXXXX