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  1. Manali Desai
    December 1, 2023 @ 9:23 pm

    Cross posting of a review on all relevant platforms is something I strictly adhere to.
    Even being as non-biased and subjective in my review as possible; sometimes adding a line like ‘hey, this bit didn’t work for me but it might not be an issue for you”
    Great pointers here, Ritu. Somebody had to say it. Thanks a lot!


  2. kanchan bisht
    December 3, 2023 @ 12:01 pm

    I can’t agree more with your words. As responsible readers and bloggers, it’s our duty to provide honest and transparent thoughts about the book while being an empathetic to writers.


  3. Suchita Agarwal
    December 4, 2023 @ 2:27 pm

    Loved what you wrote on book piracy. Reading diverse books is essential too. And social media is a minefield when it comes to opinions on art. I think people forget that just like art is subjective, opinions are too.


  4. Matheikal
    December 5, 2023 @ 11:43 am

    Honesty and integrity are vital. Quite many reviews seem to ignore that.


  5. Tarang
    December 8, 2023 @ 6:19 pm

    Oh, yes. I don’t review books that I don’t finish, avoid saying negative things about it. I just quietly remove it from my Goodreads shelf. And it would be really mean to tag the author in case we write a negative review. About trigger warning ―honestly I didn’t mention it in my earlier reviews. But now I do.


  6. Tulika
    December 8, 2023 @ 6:51 pm

    It’s sad that one has to reiterate these responsibilities – they’re simple obvious rules of decency. Glad you put them down here Ritu, all of us need reminding.


  7. Charvi Koul
    December 9, 2023 @ 9:47 pm

    I completely agree with all your points! I think I just struggle with crossposting reviews. INitially, when I started blogging I didn’t know it was something one was supposed to do so I never formed the habit but now I dod try to make an active effort to at least post reviews on Amazon.


  8. Jaideep Khanduja
    December 11, 2023 @ 7:03 am

    Creating a positive blogging environment is crucial, and your outlined responsibilities reflect a commitment to fostering a supportive community. Building a positive blogging environment requires a dedication to certain responsibilities. In my journey as a book blogger, I prioritize fostering a supportive community through thoughtful reviews, respectful discussions, and inclusive content. It’s important to create an atmosphere where diverse perspectives are valued, and everyone feels welcome to share their thoughts.


  9. Janaki
    December 12, 2023 @ 11:01 am

    Agree. When we decide to and sign up to review books, we must be truthful to ourselves, at least. Honesty comes first and even if didn’t like a book, there are ways to put it so that it doesn’t sound very rude. That’s why I always add, what I liked and what I didn’t like sections when I review. That way, we are balanced in our review.


  10. Harjeet Kaur
    December 14, 2023 @ 6:02 pm

    Your blog post beautifully highlights the responsibilities of a book blogger, Ritu. The emphasis on honesty, transparency, and promoting diversity adds depth to the ethical standards discussed. The reminder not to tag authors in negative reviews and to avoid contributing to book piracy reflects a considerate approach. Your insights on not adding to the toxic culture, avoiding plagiarism, and incorporating trigger warnings showcase a commitment to fostering a positive and respectful book blogging community


  11. Ambica Gulati
    December 15, 2023 @ 1:04 pm

    Three cheers for penning the points, Ritu. I never bought books that were pirated. Ebooks piracy is something I haven’t encountered as yet. I do know that some people put audio books without the author’s consent, which is absolutely not okay. As writers, we need to support authors and vice versa. When you don’t like a book, it doesn’t mean you need to rub it in. Your view, your choice; their pen, their creation!


    • Anjali Tripathi
      December 30, 2023 @ 11:06 pm

      I agree with you…I appreciate the emphasis on honesty, integrity, and responsible reviewing. Treating authors with respect, especially in the realm of negative reviews, is a golden rule we should all follow. Keep up the thoughtful reflections.


  12. Samata
    December 21, 2023 @ 12:36 pm

    Dear Ritu,

    Thank you for being such a sensitive and responsible book blogger and this bookish community is in need of people like you who know how to do their job with honesty and taking due care of the emotions of the people associated with the books we read and most importantly review. Just the way we as book bloggers respect the sentiment of the authors in return we also expect the same. But sadly in many cases I came across many authors who consider us taken as granted and in many cases force the reviewers to give rating as per his/her choice and not of reviewers decision. This are few reasons for which I shifted myself to picking books which actually I feel like reading and reviewing. In any case If I find the book not upto the mark I get into a personal discussion with the authors guiding him/her about the flaws which they should try to erase in their upcoming work. This is the way I love to work. Trust me none of us are perfect and that dosent make us bad. A little bit of support from both ends (readers/reviewers and authors) can help us making this world of books a heavenly place. Thanks for this meaningful post from you Ritu.

    Love Samata


  13. Neeta Kadam
    December 25, 2023 @ 3:49 pm

    I completely agree with you Ritu. These are the reason which is why I am not confident to review the book on my blog. Integrity is the most important thing you have to maintain it. Book piracy is the new concept for me. Your post is really beautiful and should be read by every book reviewer. Kudos


    • Kaveri Chhetri
      December 28, 2023 @ 8:26 pm

      Can’t agree more Ritu… although I do not review anything but I know this is how it should be! I appreciate your aporoach and candidness. Little things matter and you have pointed out some little things that make a huge difference… loved your take.😊


  14. Sivaranjini Anandan
    December 27, 2023 @ 3:45 pm

    hi ritu I agree. Building authenticity in blogging happens when we are honest about what we write about a product or book. It helps improve the reliability of our audience on what we claim to be true. Exclusivity through books is the best way to embrace the change that society needs to grow and flourish.


  15. Jeannine
    December 28, 2023 @ 6:18 pm

    Love this list as its message is somehow the same as “saying no”. As an advocate of self-care, it is important for everyone to always set boundaries. We may be swayed from time to time due to different circumstances in life but having this boundaries helps make sure that the respect for yourself is kept and safeguarded.


  16. Monidipa Dutta
    December 28, 2023 @ 6:27 pm

    I dont review on blog, my main power is my Goodreads here. I try not to give negative review. Even if I have to I express it with subtlety. I completely agree with your point in here. Honesty is important but in a calm meaningful way!


  17. Madhu Bindra
    December 29, 2023 @ 7:02 pm

    Just like everything else, we need to be honest about reviews too. Because people will go and buy based on our recommendations. My first book got pirated and I know how that feels.


  18. Preeti Chauhan
    December 30, 2023 @ 7:28 pm

    True Ritu, every profession has some work ethics, and book reviewing too should be done keeping these in mind. I have learned a few things too from this post to keep in mind when writing a review. I like to keep my reviews a little detailed because what may be offensive or appealing to me may not be to some other person and they should be able to understand whether this book is for them or not.


  19. Jaideep Khanduja
    January 1, 2024 @ 7:23 am

    Here are a few additional rights I added to my list as a book blogger:

    Right to take breaks: Book bloggers have the right to take breaks from blogging when needed, ensuring mental and creative well-being.

    Right to express personal opinions: Bloggers have the right to express their personal opinions and perspectives in their reviews and discussions without fear of censorship.

    Right to collaborate: Book bloggers can choose to collaborate with authors, publishers, and fellow bloggers on terms that align with their values and preferences.

    Right to evolve: Bloggers have the right to evolve and adapt their blogging style and content over time, reflecting personal growth and changing interests.

    Right to diverse genres: Book bloggers can explore and promote a diverse range of genres, embracing different literary tastes and preferences.

    On the funnier side, adding a touch of humor to the book blogger’s rights can make the reading experience even more enjoyable:

    Right to use excessive bookish puns: Book bloggers have the right to sprinkle their content with puns and wordplay, even if they make readers groan.

    Right to blame fictional characters for sleep deprivation: Bloggers reserve the right to blame their favorite fictional characters for late-night reading sessions that result in tired mornings.

    Right to engage in bookish procrastination: Book bloggers can indulge in book-related procrastination, like organizing their bookshelves instead of writing that next review.

    Right to hoard bookmarks: Bloggers have the right to collect an excessive number of bookmarks, even if they never seem to find one when they need it.

    Right to consider fictional worlds as vacation spots: Book bloggers can daydream about vacationing in fictional worlds and count it as a valid travel plan.

    I think, adding a humorous twist can make the book blogger’s experience more lighthearted and relatable. 😄


  20. Harshita Nanda
    January 3, 2024 @ 5:43 pm

    Dear Ritu, I was nodding my head while reading this post. I mean there are so many things that I have wanted to write about myself, which you have written so articulately. Being on both sides of the fence has made me appreciate the honesty and integrity of good book bloggers like you even more!


  21. Modern Gypsy
    January 6, 2024 @ 12:20 pm

    These are excellent points, Ritu, I found myself nodding along to all of them. I’m currently reading Yellowface, and the narrative around cyber bullying really makes me think about where we should draw the line: calling out harm/racism etc. without it reducing to trolling/bullying. I’ve seen a lot of it in the international community, and it’s brutal even as an observer. Can’t imagine what writers/those on the receiving end go through!


  22. Flavia Cutinho
    January 8, 2024 @ 7:53 pm

    This is like a beautiful guide for book bloggers. I really like the points you have put up. Many of your points stand right for content bloggers as well.


  23. Pamela Mukherjee
    January 12, 2024 @ 12:20 am

    I could not agree more with you. Like everything else, we need to be honest about reviews, as people will buy books based on our recommendations.I also loved what you shared your thoughts on book piracy. Being a book reviewer , I know what all ethics stand for.


  24. Noor Anand Chawla
    January 24, 2024 @ 2:42 pm

    I wholeheartedly agree with you. Nicely put.


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