I read a couple of book reviews today that were less than enthusiastic because the books under review didn’t meet the reviewers expectations. I can empathize since I’ve been guilty of this in the past. But I’ve learned over the years that it’s not fair to review a book based on what we thought it was going to be or what we think it should be; rather we should review books based on the author’s intended aims. Did the author accomplish what (s)he set out to do? Sure, we might have expected them to do something different, but it’s not like they wrote with our expectations in mind. We might wish that they had written another book, but they wrote the one we’re reading, so how did they do with that one? If reviewers keep this in mind then it will be a benefit to them and those reading the reviews alike.