I have talked before about how I don’t really do snarky reviews as it doesn’t feel right for me personally. However that doesn’t mean I love all the books, far from it. On a recent 2 star review, I had a comment that someone was striking that book off their wish list. And that made me feel a little bad.
I didn’t like that book and I don’t recommend it and outlined my reasons why precisely in my review. However I still felt uneasy that someone listened to me! I know that makes no sense, I review books to give my opinion and it’s lovely to see that my opinion is trusted but I still feel bad.
I know authors love their books and it must be scary to send them out in the bad world for reviewers to knock them back. I suppose at the end of the day, it’s all very personal and going into details on what didn’t work for you might help. I hate insta-love but someone must love it. Right? Else why is it in every other YA book? So if I knock it back for x reason, well that might be your exact reason for buying it.
If I’m the odd man out on my review, spreading hate when everyone else is spreading love, then that fact is something I would definitely share too. I think that’s only fair. I always try and find something positive to say too, there is usually something that kept me reading otherwise I would DNF and so even in a negative review, I will point out something I liked.
Which reminds me of a review by a famous UK critic (but I can’t remember who for the life of me) that slated a famous book but started off by saying something he did like. So he pointed out that the font was nice and he liked the quality of the paper. Ouch!
I’m not big headed enough to think that people are making book buying decisions based on my blog alone, I know we all read tonnes of blogs and make our minds up based on a number of reviews. But still, that comment gave me a sense of the power that we all hold. And it still makes me feel a bit funny.
Bookish Chat: Negative reviews are inevitable but how do you feel when you know you put someone off a book. Do you feel guilty like I do?