This is something I’ve been thinking about lately (seeing how I’ve been reviewing more books the last few months). I’ve seen it online in the bookworld as well. Do people feel more pressured to give a better review when the book was given to them to review?
When reviewing books, I think it’s really important to be honest about what you really think. If I’m given a book to review, I always hope I will like it, but it’s happened a few times in the past few months that I just didn’t care for it. Of course, we can’t like all books we read. Whether it’s just not your cup of tea or it’s not written well.
So what happens when I don’t like a book as much as I hoped? I have to say in the beginning I feel a bit bad. If it were up to me every author would get a positive review from me. Authors put so much time and effort into a book and of course they hope for the best. I always hope I can make an author feel good about their book. In cases this isn’t possible, I am as honest as possible and write down what bothered me. Maybe a book was a bit too long or there wasn’t enough character development. Or it could just be me not being able to connect to a character. It’s not always that a book is bad, but it’s just not always possible to connect to a book. I rather be honest with an author and hope that the feedback I have given helps them in some way.
Being honest about a book doesn’t mean you can be mean. It’s fine not to like a book, but you shouldn’t hurt someone just because you can. Just like I don’t think it’s right to say a book was amazing when you don’t think it is. Even if I don’t like a book, it doesn’t mean someone else will like it. I’m always really careful when reading reviews. I read a lot of them, but I don’t let them influence me. I will still read a book even if it has lower ratings on Goodreads. A few times I have loved books that didn’t have the highest ratings.
With this post, I’m mostly wondering what other bloggers think. Do you have a hard time giving negative reviews to a book you got to review? How do you approach things like this? I’ve learned I can’t like everything and being honest is the best policy. I would just like to hear how others think and feel.