1. Always read the whole of the book before you write your review.
2. Don’t undertake to review a book
if it is written in a genre you particularly dislike.
3. Review the book the author has written,
not the one you think he/she should have written.
4. If you have prejudices…
face them frankly and, if appropriate, acknowledge them.
5. Be scathingly witty if you must and can,
but never be deliberately cruel […]
6. If you absolutely hate the book
and have nothing either interesting or positive to say, why review it?
7. If you are given a book to review by a close friend
and you strongly dislike it, don’t review it.
We none of us like hurting our friends
and the temptation to be over-kind is too strong.
8. Resist the temptation to use a review to pay back old scores
or to vent your dislike of the author’s sex, class, politics,
religion or lifestyle. Try to believe that it is possible
for people of whom you disapprove to write a good book.
What would you add to this list?
I appreciate personal interactions with the book.
I like to get to know reviewers, especially bloggers.