Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Blogger Hop: Negative Reviews

Book Blogger Hop

This Week's Question:
How do you handle the writing of a negative review?

My Answer:
I'm really not a fan of writing negative reviews, but sometimes it must be done. If I don't like a book that I've read I try to say so in a respectful (and I hope nice) way. I usually point out the things I didn't like but I also try to find some good things about the book. I also almost always point out that just because it wasn't for me doesn't mean others won't like it. Because honestly there are so many different opinions out there, nothing is going to be liked by everyone! And I don't review books that I don't finish unless I have a blog tour for them.


Kara said...

Great discussion question and it's something all book bloggers must deal with :)

I have come across a few books that I haven't enjoyed reviewing, but like you mentioned Abbi, I always make my comments with respect to the author.

I always find something worthwhile about the book that will encourage the author; I suggest that my readers look at other reviews before deciding if the book is for them or not; and I honestly mention that my not liking the book has nothing to do with the writing style it's that I simply didn't connect with the story and I have valid reasons why that's so.

I like that you only review books that you finish (unless it's a blog tour). However, I've learned that if I'm not enjoying the book within the first 100 pages then I won't finish it. But usually I have enough information about the book to state why I didn't enjoy it and I encourage my readers to comment on my blog if they read the entire book.

As I said, this is such a relevant question and every book blogger deals with their reviews in different ways. It's nice to compare strategies for this :)

Have a good weekend Abbi and blessings!

Elizabeth said...

I don't like doing negative reviews...I do feel bad about it. Stop by my blog to see my full answer if you like.


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Patricia said...

I totally agree! Now I am a GFC follower. Hope you stop by my blog.

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