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  1. Manali
    November 2, 2023 @ 10:58 pm

    My favorite is “Right to not review every book I read”
    It becomes such a mental pressure and somehow takes away from the joy of reading for pleasure/leisure


  2. Suchita
    November 3, 2023 @ 10:07 am

    I agree with everything you said. I think everyone has a right to decide how they enjoy their hobby and to what extent they wish to engage with it. I do think its okay to get paid for writing reviews and not just in free books. And I love listening to people talk about why a book didn’t work for them. Its an educative experience.


  3. Tarang
    November 3, 2023 @ 10:36 am

    It’s a fun (and unique) post. And I agree with the points mentioned.

    As a reader, I don’t follow any rules (not that I follow too many rules as a writer and painter). Except when I request a review copy which comes with clear instructions to review. That’s why I have decided to be very sure before requesting a review copy.

    I post a detailed review when it’s a review copy or when I really, really feel for the story and characters. Otherwise, I just post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and my social media handles.

    I love talking about books I enjoy, but, yes, I avoid talking about books that I don’t like/leave unfinished. I quietly remove them from my Goodreads bookshelf.


  4. Matheikal
    November 3, 2023 @ 11:39 am

    I don’t review every book I read. I can discard a book midway and forget it altogether. I can be incisively critical in my reviews….


  5. Preeti Chauhan
    November 4, 2023 @ 6:32 pm

    Wow Ritu! I initially thought this post was just a satire about reading habits. Little did I know that these are facts. The French Author Daniel Pennac made my life so much easier three decades back with this Reader’s Bill of Rights and I did not even know they truly existed.


  6. Tulika
    November 9, 2023 @ 10:34 am

    It was like someone read my mind and made this list. How perceptive of Pennac to have come up with it. Since blogging and reading are and will always remain things I do for love I let my moods guide me. I refuse to let them become a compulsion.


  7. Aishwariya Laxmi
    November 12, 2023 @ 8:01 pm

    What an interesting post! Thanks for introducing me to the book, ‘The Rights of a Reader’ by Daniel Pennac.


  8. Ambica Gulati
    November 14, 2023 @ 2:08 pm

    I like all these rights. I have many books lying half-read and I do feel guilty about not reading them, though they are by the most famous authors. But I don’t feel inspired to read them and that’s my right. I also don’t feel like writing about every book I have read or even discuss it. I guess, we all have our rights and we love them because we can keep changing them along the way.


  9. karenkitchenblog
    November 14, 2023 @ 8:05 pm

    Everyone has the right to choose and review books as per their opinions and that takes time just like any other hobby. If a hobby can get you paid some extra bucks it’s amazing.


  10. memoryflies
    November 15, 2023 @ 1:09 pm

    My view is right to stop reading if you don’t like it at all. Just because someone review it beautifully and you don’t like it at first half then you should stop reading. And I don’t mind to re- read the same book which I love.


  11. jeetjinder
    November 15, 2023 @ 1:14 pm

    I never heard of this Bill of rights for reading before, Ritu. Another new thing I have learned from you. Thanks for sharing your bill of rights as well. There are books I start and leave halfway and may get back to it later. There cant be any hard and faxt rules about reading. I feel each to his own.


  12. Flavia Cutinho
    November 15, 2023 @ 4:35 pm

    Right to read and blog at my own pace is important, cause there can be various reasons for not completing a book on time.


  13. Janaki
    November 17, 2023 @ 9:43 pm

    What a delight–loved this post. And this set me thinking on what would my book of rights would be. And I learnt about different formats of book blogging from your post. I also thought book blogging should be strictly reviews.


  14. Kaveri Chhetri
    November 17, 2023 @ 10:43 pm

    Something different and so upfront from you Ritu… ofcourse it is book related… no doubt about that. Initially I too used to think that book blogging is only about reviewing books… until I started reading your posts. So thank you for broadning my knowledge and giving us the endless list of recommendations along with this kind of posts to spice up the journey.


  15. Harshita
    November 18, 2023 @ 2:23 pm

    What a delightful read this post is Ritu. I do agree with all the rights. My favourite is of course, the right to not review. sometimes I don’t want to write a review because I do not have anything good to write about the book. In that scenario, a no review in my opinion is better that a bad review. Also the right to read at my own pace. I hate being rushed, only for the review


  16. Anjali
    November 19, 2023 @ 7:58 pm

    Loved reading this post and I was nodding on all your pointers. I believe everyone should decide how they want to enjoy their hobby and the level of involvement. Personally, I don’t feel the need to write about every book I read or talk about it. We all have our rights, and it’s great that we can adjust and change them as we go along.

    3 / 3


  17. Samata
    November 20, 2023 @ 5:27 pm

    Oh Ritu, first of all congratulations for being so honest in your thoughts about your blogging and reviewing rights. Not just 100% but 200% I agree with you in every points that you mentioned above. I will highlight the last point here. The job of a book reviewer is not easy and so it calls for a definite pay. I came across many such authors who things paying for review is buying 4 or 5 star ratings. I really dont know who gave them this view. As a reviewer I have every right to rate a book even 2 even if I am paid for the same. This thought process is found in many debutant an best seller authors. Over and above they want their reviews to get shared across all social media platforms and Amazon and with No pay… how even they think of it I dont know. Its the personal choice of the reviewer to ask or not to ask for pay. Thank you for being so honest. Love you


  18. Ahana Rao
    November 22, 2023 @ 7:47 pm

    I love this Ritu. You had me at “Do I need to defend the books and genres I enjoy reading?” I honestly agree with everything you’ve said here—including the controversial. I once came across a very strongly worded post about how taking money to review a book is NOT okay. I was super shocked by the strong and harsh phrasing in the post and realized there was a highly polarised view out there. But I agree 100% with your view which was what I was discussing with a friend too. I think it’s each blogger’s style and prerogative how they wish to pursue their blogging. It requires its own hard work and effort as any other occupation, so why must we put down anyone for their choices to monetise or not?
    Gosh I remember how guilty I used to feel about DNF-ing. I still try not to, but I definitely keep it in mind that I need NOT read anything that is not feeling good. I LOVE reading books and not reviewing them sometime. Joy reads, I call them. Sometimes the reverse happens too! I joy-read a book and find it so wonderful I WANT to review it! I love letting myself feel and do what I want. I’m a mood reader too!
    Love love love this post Ritu.


  19. Jeannine
    November 23, 2023 @ 5:12 am

    Love how you made rules like this. I found it interesting and enjoyable reading through all of it and it actually makes sense. I’m sure bloggers would learn a lot from it and make it their own as well.


  20. pamela
    November 28, 2023 @ 11:39 pm

    These rules are pretty new to me. I remember when I received books from authors from Goodreads, I never cared about these rules. I always review those books as per my understanding of the plot. It was nice to read this information.


  21. Prasanna Raghavan
    November 29, 2023 @ 11:50 am

    Hi Ritu, as I looked through your post, I truly felt you were privy to my innermost thoughts, for it cleared many doubts and concerns that got me stranded at various junctures of my blogging, reading and reviewing books. I have no more guilt about a sizable number of unread books penned by authors of fame taking space on my bookshelf. And thank you for educating me on ‘book blogging’ and my bill of rights in its constitution.


  22. Monidipa Dutta
    November 29, 2023 @ 4:03 pm

    Fantastic insights! Your Book Blogger’s Bill of Rights resonates with authenticity. Addressing controversial topics like not reviewing every book shows transparency. Engaging and relatable—great job!


  23. Modern Gypsy
    November 29, 2023 @ 11:25 pm

    I agree with all the points you made. If I reviewed every book I read, I can honestly say I’d start hating writing book reviews! I also think there’s no harm at all in charging for reviews (but do authors/publishers pay for them?). And I also prefer not to blog about the books I don’t like, unless I have to, in which case I do try to be constructive with my criticism.


  24. Ninu Nair
    November 30, 2023 @ 2:24 pm

    I feel so guilty when I read a book and don’t review so I maintain a journal where I scribble down my thoughts just to get over with the guilt! Well, I didnt know of ‘The Rights of the Reader’ by Daniel Pennac, and I was really thrilled to know of such a book!
    I must say that this has been such a fun and refreshing book post!


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