I am an avid reader and have been since grade school.
While I could endure endless tomes that didn’t appeal to me when I was younger (even to the very last page), I am much more discerning about my choices now. As someone who works full-time and has a young family, my time is limited.
Therefore, if a book doesn’t appeal to me by fifty pages (or thereabouts), I will simply stop reading it and move on to something else.
This doesn’t mean it was a bad book, just not a book for me. There are many wonderful books out there and I fail to see the reasoning for reading something I do not like.
It perplexes me to see scathing reviews posted from people about books they “endured,” especially if it wasn’t required reading for some school course. If it was required reading, it would probably explain why they hated it from the onset. Still, if nobody forced their hand, why bother?
That is why my reviews are overwhelmingly positive, but I do my best to identify what kind of book it is and which audience would enjoy it. Also, if the book was an ARC (advance review copy) from an author or publisher, I am forward about it.
I am also a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites. In other words, if you buy the book by following the links I leave on my book reviews, I receive a commission.
This does not colour my view of which books I should read and the reviews I leave for them. Again, if I don’t find a book appealing, I don’t finish it and I certainly won’t leave a negative review. I’ve been running this site (and many others before it) out of pocket for many years now. This is just a small way for me to recuperate some of the running costs.