She discourages her clients from reviewing books on their blogs (I don't know about Goodreads) because she believes it serves no purpose except as a possible liability. Namely, if you don't like a book and you review it badly, and your book goes on sub to the publisher of that book, and the editor happens across your blog, what are they going to think about taking you on as a new writer?
It's a fair point.
And now it's got me wondering. Should I be posting reviews on Goodreads? Anywhere? A while back, I turned myself in knots over posting a negative review of a book anonymously. I know what goes into writing a book. Crawling through the slushpile of countless agents. Refining, refining, refining your manuscript. Clawing your way onto the desk of an editor. Getting the attention of a reader from the shelves of a bookstore or library. The odds are incredible. So, who am I, really, to say whether a book was good or not?
Certainly I'm entitled to my opinion. Even the most popular books/movies/songs/fashions/what have you don't resonate with everyone. But does it matter if I share that opinion?
I'm not going to digress into a tirade about the Internet making everyone feel entitled, blah blah blah. I'm blogging for God's sake, that would be nothing but flinging stones from the front porch of my glass house.
But it does make me wonder...
In the end, what is the benefit of posting book reviews?