Some people say writers shouldn’t review books (because reasons), but I’ve also heard it said that non-writers shouldn’t review books: “I’m not a writer. I don’t even know how to write a book, so I’m not qualified to say whether a book is good or not.”
Readers are the people books are for. Writers are readers, too (if not, they’re like the proverbial skinny cook), so books are also for us. If writers can’t review books, and non-writers can’t review books, who is left to review all the books?
These things are subjective, friends. “This is a good story” (or “This is not a good story”) is an opinion, no matter whose opinion it is. (Sometimes, “This book is full of grammer error every where, the author don’t know how to write good” is also just an opinion.) Any review is valid as long as it’s what you really think about a book you really did read. It’s nice to say a bit about why you have that opinion (“I dislike this book because the protagonist cussed way too much for my tastes” is a much better review than “This book is terrible!” It could be that some other reader doesn’t mind strong language, or it could be that you pointing out the cussing helps another reader avoid something they don’t want to see, either.)
Over on Insecure Writer’s Support Group, they’ve got a post today giving six reasons why authors should review books.
(WTF, WordPress spell check? Now writers isn’t a word, either? *shakes head*)