Opinions abound about writers reviewing books, but I'm not going to discuss those because that's not what this struggle is about. As a regular participator in Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays (MMGM), I don't review books. I recommend and promote middle grade books (but not for money or by request) by sharing ones I love. To me, that is a HUGE difference. A book reviewer may pull apart a book, point out its shortcomings, or tear into style. I do not do those things.
But, here's my conundrum. What I do on Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays may be understood or perceived by others as reviewing books, and sometimes reviewing books has negative connotations. And I don't want to be known as a middle grade book reviewer because I see the dangers--and there are many--in reviewing books of published authors when I have a dream of one day having my own middle grade books out in the world.
But I don't review middle grade books. I promote them. I share about them. I spread word about them. I recommend them. Because I love them. But the perception of what I do is a whole different matter.
So, I'm kinda scratching my head over MMGMs right now and could use some input. I know many of you who read my blog are writers (and many of you are MMGMers too) and some of you aren't. Whether you write or not, MMGM or not, what do you think about the whole thing?