Sunday, January 8, 2012


Like any other review site, GoodReads has it share of stupidity, snark, flame wars, bitching, and other drama. Some of it is amusing. At least, we think so.

And we're going to share.

Don't get us wrong. We like reviews, both nice ones and snarky ones. We like reviewers. We like authors. We love books.

What we don't like is hypocrisy, narrow-mindedness, whinging about hostility being met with hostility, and false accusations of bullying. Lately there's been a lot of all of that on GoodReads by folks - both authors and reviewers - who need put on their big girl - or big boy - panties. Authors behaving badly is a common topic on many reviewing blogs and a quite a fun Google search term. Unfortunately, it seems that the pendulum has swung so far against authors that now reviewers behaving badly need to be addressed.

Read on, fellow book lovers.


  1. Oh, okay. So it's not that you're deleting comments, but that no one's commenting?

  2. Dear blog author:
    Would you be so kind as to e-mail me at your earliest convenience? I really need to talk to you. That you may make an informed decision as to whether you want to talk to me, my name is Rachel Hartman. I am an author. Here's my GR profile:
    You can send me a message on GR, or else I believe you've got my e-mail address since I logged in with my Google account.

  3. Rachel, we would be happy to email you if you would promise to keep our email address and correspondence private. Needless to say we are a little gun-shy given recent events on GoodReads (but we know that you were not the one responsible for that).

    Unfortunately, though, we are not GR members and cannot message you through the site. Blogger only shows us the link to your Google profile, not your email. What address would you like us to contact you at? And if you don't want to leave your email address visible to everyone who might read this post, just wait a few minutes and delete the message. Google delivers all messages to our email addresses as soon as they are posted so we'll still see it.

  4. Thanks, Rachel, we got it. We'll send you an email shortly.