When Is a Review not a Review?

In a Time magazine article (July 6/July 13, 2015) titled “Harper Lee’s second success,” Lev Grossman states: “Go Set a Watchman has already been reviewed 192 times on Goodreads, even though no one has actually read it.” How can that be? How can people review a book before they have viewed it?

I checked on Goodreads. As of this morning, there are 208 “reviews,” which are really comments about the book’s upcoming publication and the prospective readers’ desire to read the book when it is available. As a book lover, I am glad to see so much interest in reading but dismayed to see yet another word losing its meaning.

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6 Responses to When Is a Review not a Review?

  1. SarahC says:

    Some how this does not surprise me. I use Good Reads and decided to not do reviews there as I hated book reports as a child. I find on Amazon it seems people don’t actually Review a lot of the time as well. But for it not to even be out to read? That is plum crazy, well my two cents. Happy trails

    • Hazel says:

      Sarah, Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. The book is finally out, and it seems Atticus Finch was not the man we all thought he was. I am going on what I read in the papers and online, not firsthand from the book.

      • SarahC says:

        Finally got back to visit. I have been on blogging 101 and building my blog. Glad to have an Author in my neighbors to learn more about books from and the whole reviewing thing.

      • Hazel says:

        Sarah,
        Thanks for visiting. Congratulations on completing Blogging 101. I have a hard time staying on track when I take one of the courses.

  2. Erica says:

    I love in depth book reviews. Which is why I try my hardest to review a book the way my reader would appreciate and I always welcome feedback. Thanks for posting this!

    • Hazel says:

      Erica, I have had the pleasure of reading some of your reviews and have enjoyed the details you include. Thanks for visiting my site.

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