Happy national book lovers day! In honor of this day, I want to talk about something that’s been on my mind recently. As you probably know, I spend a lot of my time in the book community on the Internet. And, lately, the subject of negative reviews has been coming up a lot. So, I wanted to give my take on writing or talking negatively about books.
First and foremost, let me start off by saying I am pro negative reviews. However, I do think that as readers/reviewers we should try to find at least one positive thing to say about a book. Even if that fact is still sometimes easier said than done. I review every book I read and finish, because I love sharing my thoughts positive or negative with others. If I happen to DNF a book than I will typically not mention it on the blog, except in passing.
The reason I write and read negative reviews, is because my bookish space is a place for me to share my opinions and thoughts on books. I am in no way saying that how I feel about a book is the way that you, or any other readers, will feel about it. And, I usually make a point of saying just that in all my book reviews.
Although, there is one caveat to writing negative reviews, and that is to understand that an author worked very hard on their book. We should never outright trash a book, because it’s just cruel. And, under no circumstance should a reviewer tag an author in a negative review. Would you want to read someones negative opinions on something you’re proud of?
I will continue sharing my thoughts on books, while letting others know that they should take my reviews with a grain of salt. The great thing about reading is that everyone has a different experience with each book. No two readers are alike. I will see a negative review on a book I’m looking forward to, but that doesn’t usually turn me off of reading it. Truthfully, I have loved a lot of books that others didn’t, and I have disliked some popular ones as well.
So, I say that writing negative reviews is perfectly fine, but spreading hate on a book is never okay. Besides, I would much rather talk about books that I loved, versus ones that I didn’t. In the comments, let me know your thoughts on negative book reviews, and if you think they should be a thing in the book community. Before you go, don’t forget to give my blog a follow.
Until The Next Chapter,