This morning I want to talk about something that we all
–whether readers, book bloggers, or authors–
have had to deal with from time to time:
bad books & negative reviews.
I woke up this morning to this comment (that I loved!) from one of my absolute favorite fellow book bloggers:
“…Dangit-all! Don’t you ever read a bad book?!…”
I have actually been asked this several times. Even recently, I’ve had this conversation with my husband. So let’s talk about this, folks.
1) Does Asheley ever read bad books?
2) And if she does, does she write negatively about it?
The truth is, friends, that I am super selective with what I read. My to-be-read list is miles and miles long (longer than my Goodreads leads you to believe it is).
I want to read everything on there so badly. You know what we all say:
“so many books, so little time…”
Y’all, it’s so true. I am really careful with what I accept/choose for review.
Not only that, but I also read books that I choose
from the library,
from my own shelf, and
from recommendations from other trusted people.
Why would I CHOOSE to read something I don’t think I’m gonna like?
But…despite my greatest efforts, every now and then a book does manage to squeeze through that I don’t absolutely LOVE.
Maybe I only just LIKE it.
Or maybe I just read it and I’m glad I did.
If that’s the case, I’ll still write about it. I’ll include my list of things I liked about it. I’ll tell the world why they should read it soon or add it to their wish list. But I’m not going to talk bad about it because I only ‘LIKED’ it instead of ‘LOVED’ it. I’ll just choose to point out what I wish was a little different, and I will do this positive way rather than a negative way.
No need for being mean, people. No need.
We can blog with integrity and honesty…and still be nice about it.
Even still, there are books with which I just cannot connect.
Maybe I’m not feeling them at the time,
maybe I have no connection with the characters,
or maybe it just isn’t the right TIME in my life for THAT book.
You know what I do with books like that?
Rather than push through them and write negative reviews
~when it is clear to me that I do not like the book~
I just stop reading them.
Yep, I just close those books and put them back on the shelves.
Sometimes, I’ll pick them up later and try them again. Occasionally, I won’t.
But life is too short to read books that I don’t enjoy.
And when my TBR is miles long, I’d rather just close it and pick up something else from the stack. Of course, different rules apply when there are books that we accept for review and a negative review must be written…but I point back to blogging with honesty and integrity without being MEAN.
So, friends, THIS is why I very rarely — if ever — have negative things to say about a book.
I’m extremely selective with my time and my book choice,
as well as with the books I accept for review.
It does not profit anyone to accept books for review
if they don’t suit our interests or taste in books
and I’d rather not read/review a book that I’ll have a hard time
writing mostly positively things about,
particularly after an author put their
heart, soul, and hard-earned money
into giving that book life.
I know not everyone will agree with this, and that is okay.
I know not everyone blogs the way I do, and that is okay.
There is certainly an argument to be made
for the importance of reading both positive and negative reviews.
I am not trying to dispute any of that.
I’m just telling the world that I, personally, prefer
to focus on the positive aspects of the books that I have enjoyed
and to share those with the people that choose to read my thoughts.
Besides, I’m not a “professional reviewer” anyway…
my thoughts are just that – MY THOUGHTS.
So, I guess if I want to keep them on the positive, that’s totally up to me, right?
I guess, to answer my own questions from way up above:
Yes, I do occasionally read books that I don’t enjoy as much as others. No, I don’t usually finish what people call “bad books.” I put those down to potentially revisit later. In my blog posts, I give my thoughts on the books I read, which tend to be books that I like or love. It is really easy to tell how I feel about a book by reading my blog. I usually stick to reading the things I enjoy, because life is short and I read for pleasure and escape. And I guess that’s about it.
I do READ both positive and negative reviews on other blogs.
I do APPRECIATE both positive and negative reviews on other blogs.
But ultimately, I guess I’m a lucky gal to mostly read
fast-paced books with
and sometimes a swoonworthy romance.
THESE are the things I want to share with the book-reading public,
the people who actually care what I think. So that’s what I do.
Nope, I don’t often read bad books.
What about you guys?
Do you read a lot of so-called bad books?
If you do, what are your thoughts about reviewing them?
Brutal honesty vs. staying positive?
Do you review everything you read?
TELL ME EVERYTHING!
But, please, be nice!
I much prefer to converse with nice people.