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As much as we love books, we don’t love all book reviews. The summaries are too long, the analysis too dry. We like reviews that feel like a chat with a good friend over a glass of wine: personal and conversational and interesting in their own right.
Is it possible to write a truly objective review? (And if we could, would we want to read them?) We have our doubts. We all carry biases, all look at the world through a lens shaped by our own very specific set of experiences. So at Book Punks we don’t strive for objectivity. Instead we hope to provide an honest opinion, intelligent analysis, and our personal perspective, while also providing context for the same. You might know you’ll like a book Nikki or Erika likes because you’ve gotten to know them through their other reviews. At the same time you’ll know when to ignore our grumblings because you know where our biases lie and where they meet and converge with your own.
At the end of the day even the most objective-sounding review is about taste, about personal preference. There is no ultimate Good or Bad. There is my good and your good, your bad and my bad, and one of the things we have always loved about literature is the fact that two people with very different thoughts about the same book can both be right.
We also aim to give writers and creators from the margins a place in the spotlight. White, heterosexual, male creators from western countries are given the limelight disproportionately. This is a problem. Having diverse voices in our fiction makes us better readers. It makes us better people. By featuring the work of creators who aren’t heterosexual, who aren’t male, who aren’t from western countries, we hope to do our small part in turning the tide. We will review a little bit of everything, but we strive to maintain gender parity among the authors we review, to tell you about some of the brilliant and diverse voices speaking to us from the pages of the latest (and not so latest) books, and to give those writers who aren’t getting included in book store displays—who are overlooked as a result of centuries of systematic discrimination—some of the critical attention they deserve.
To keep things conversational (and as helpful as possible—one of our goals here is to tell people about books they might want to read), we’ll often link to other reviews of the same book on the internet. We do this because my cup of tea might not be yours, and sometimes it takes a couple of opinions to figure out what’s worth reading—for you. Perhaps the closest we can come to objectivity is through a diversity of opinion. At the very least it will get us started on a good long discussion. And did we mention we love talking about books?
Our take on bullshit
We do not support or tolerate sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, or any other behavior that is disrespectful, abusive, or otherwise troll-worthy. We will delete any and all comments that we deem as such. You will be documented. Don’t be another example of people being asshats on the internet. If you have a point, I’m sure you can figure out how to get it across without resorting to any of the above. Savy?