I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.
I haven't read a lot of the obvious often-hated books. I never bothered with The Da Vinci Code or Twilight or FSOG and I'm not planning on reading them. I think every bestseller is going to have a lot of detractors. I have to admit I am almost curious enough to read this Divergent trilogy that has caused such a ruckus. I won't though.
There are also some types of erotica I read that I know the majority of my book friend's would not care for. I did not review or shelve those on GR. I am more inclined to at least shelve them here because I do want to keep track of them somewhere in addition to calibre.
I have read a few books that I loved that were soundly trounced on the Amazon romance forum that I enjoyed. I've listed a couple above. I know I am much more "magic penis" tolerant and require less grovel in my romances than many readers. As long as I get an indication of remorse I'm pretty tolerant. I try to make that known when I'm recommending romances that are light on the grovel. There are other things a lot of people like that bug the heck out of me. Chacun a son gout, n'est-ce pas?