1. R. L. Copple says:

    Good points, Becky. Good stuff.

    I wrote a blog post back in August of 2012 that segues into this.

    How to Identify and Write Honest Reviews

  2. I think it’s important for us to keep talking about this, Rick, especially if we want readers to post reviews here at Spec Faith. And I’d certainly like to see that. The more reviews a book gets, the more information readers have to make a decision whether or not they want to pick up that particular novel.


  3. merechristian says:

    I have to admit that the “review is not a novel” part I have trouble with too. It is hard to not discuss points you want to make that COULD be trimmed. Especially me, who likes philosophy, and wants to discuss ideas, it can be frustrating. I have to remember that my review is designed to praise or critique (ideally both) a book. That book and the author are important, not me.

  4. Laura A says:


    Thanks for this article.  I have been in a state of being one of those intimidated folks.  I have a book sitting in my room that was sent to me to “review” from a stranger.  I want to give an honest review, though it is not a book that I would normally pick up.  Now I know more about how to go about doing this.  Thanks again for posting this.  I have really enjoyed reading both your and Stephen’s posts.  I also live in the Austin area and am a wanna be writer, pursuing this passion in my off-time as a teacher.  Trying to stick to being true to who I am with what my critique should contain and this information helps me quite a bit.

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