Not long ago someone recommended a book. She raved about the plot, originality, and theme. So, I eagerly checked it out from the local library because I trusted this avid reader. Bummer! I couldn’t finish the book and I returned it (thank goodness I didn’t buy it). I try not to be a tough critic because I know how much effort, time, and energy is dedicated to writing a book. I know literature is subjective, but who or how many people decide on what makes a bestseller?
How do critics do it? I am not sure I would like to be in their shoes, especially if the book is written by a fellow writer or blogger.
Have you critiqued any books professionally? Are you a tough judge? What do you take into account in order to consider it a great book?