Even if you don't like my novel, leaving a review will help attract other readers to a book they may enjoy, even if you didn't. At the very least, it helps to see that it's been read by others and people can make their own choices. Some people, like me, read the bad reviews to look for actual criticisms to learn from them, so please, don't be afraid to hurt my feelings. I'm an artist. My feelings are always hurt... but in all seriousness, reviews mean people are talking about the book and that's the hardest obstacle to overcome: abscurity. Being an indie author comes with a lot more expenses and work. You are your own marketing squad. You are the only one that will push your book with the same enthusiasm... until other people start to fall in love... and then it becomes its own entity... a life of its own.
And for an author, the dream is for your book to become other people's book: the book they turn to for comfort or familiar characters... the book they reread countless times until they need another copy because the first fell apart. We all have books like that, at least, we bookworms all have books like that.
My dream is for my book to become someone's ratty, torn, barely held together edition. Something that was clearly loved and appreciated.
Lots of love.