Last month, I received a book and happened to stumble across the author on Instagram that same day. I followed her and immediately thought, “Wow, she seems like a really nice person.” She liked a couple of my posts, I liked some of hers.
Fast forward a couple weeks. I read her book and…
I feel I have legitimate reasons for disliking the book, but I was immediately nervous about publishing a review. Because the author seems nice and posts pictures of her really cute cat and I don’t want to hurt her feelings and ahhhhh.
But the fact remains: I didn’t like her book. Like, at all.
I went ahead and wrote the review anyway. Because I can’t keep my opinions to myself, of course.
But it got me wondering about my fellow book bloggers: Do you ever avoid writing reviews for 1-star books? Why or why not?
I mean, we all know that you can’t make everyone happy. Especially with books. I can say confidently that the books I love with a fierce and fiery passion are on other people’s “Hated It” lists.
I also know that writing a book is a really personal thing. I have not written a book myself yet, but I have agonized over the idea that when you write something and release it to the world, people will judge it. (Warning: That post is very long and rambling and you can tell I’m slightly insecure about my own stories. Slightly?! I’m getting better, though!)
I know that writing a book is all-consuming: it eats up your time and your heart. I get it.
I have seen other bloggers say that they never write 1 star reviews because they don’t want their blogs to be a place of negativity. I understand, good for them, and all that.
But if you’re okay with dabbling in a little negativity, your opinion as book reviewer matters, doesn’t it? We would all like to help people find books they love and avoid the ones that we think are bad, right?
We obviously shouldn’t write reviews in which we insult the authors themselves. Because that’s a crappy thing to do and you don’t want to be a crappy human. I think that’s clear.
So TELL ME: Without being Regina George, do you always write reviews for 1-star books or do you sometimes avoid them? Either way, WHY?
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