We have yet another author telling reviewers to think carefully before they one star a book. In fact, readers should be considerate and Christian and email a list of errors to the author instead. Additionally, the old stupid thing about how dare you give Gatsby (in this case) a one star.
And pretty much every review this author had as an example was not a review from anyone that many readers would consider a real reader.
Look, since it needs saying again:
1. Unless an author pays a reader, it is NOT the reader's job to find all the errors. It isn't. If a reader wants to email an author about it, that's nice. But that's the reader going out of her way.
2. I have yet to met a reader or a reviewer who one stars for few typos. We just don't. We know that pretty much every book - independent or big publishing house - will most likely have at least one typo.
3. Readers should, in fact, read outside their favorite (or preferred) genre. If someone only reads in one genre, they limited and stifling their intelligence. There is not a ratio or anything, but you should be reading outside of your favorite genre. It's how you learn.
4. In most cases, in particular on places like Booklikes and Goodreads, star ratings are usually a reflection of personal choice and entirely subjective. I'm surely not the only reader who uses stars differently for classics than for a recent release. A one star Hemingway means I don't like it, but guess what - I still think everyone should read Papa.
For the love of cats, of course.
5. Even someone who didn't like a book can, in fact, recommend it to someone else. I hated Zombie Cinderella, but I recommended it to a friend who I knew would love it. Then I had to rescinded the rec because a friend of the author decided to be a douche bag.
Reviews on places like Amazon, GR, Booklikes are not paid. So think of what would happen if we like actually stopped talking about books.