While I've never had first-hand experience with plagiarism (knock wood), I have lived through a couple of scandals where bloggers I know had their work stolen. It's heartbreaking, confusing, and mindboggling. Honestly, how hard is it to write your own review? Why would you steal someone else's work? If you read the book, why can't you share what you thought in your own words? Doesn't make sense to me.
I'm hesitant to even glance at reviews of a book on my TBR pile before I've completed my own, just in case I subconsciously use the same phrasing as anyone else. I know that my reviews aren't the best and that I need to work on editing and descriptions, but I know that the finished review is all me.
During the last big plagiarism scandal, I was proud of the book blogging community for their zero tolerance stance. Some people wanted to give the thief the benefit of the doubt because she was a nice person and popular, but the majority took a stand and refused to support her. It was a tough time for the community, but most stood up for what was right.
The only advice I can really give is to be honest. You might not have the best reviews out there, but if they are your honest reaction to a book, what more could you ask for?
We bridge the genre gap from fiction to all things non-fiction. Do you read non-fiction? Why or why not? Is there a specific type of non-fiction that you prefer to read (i.e., historical, true crime, memoirs, biographies, etc.)? What is the perfect book for a first-time non-fiction reader?
While I do read non-fiction from time to time, I have to admit that my first love will always be fiction. No matter how fascinating the story, I don't think that non-fiction can hold a candle to fiction. Mainly because non-fiction has to stick to the facts!
When I do read NF, it tends to be a biography of someone I find fascinating or a collection of essays that caught my eye. To be honest, I can't remember the last NF title I read, so guess it's been awhile.