This topic discussion is something that I’ve briefly talked to other bloggers about and something I’ve also discussed with my mom. I thought it would be a good idea to open the topic up for all of you, to see how you guys feel. I want to talk about writing negative reviews.
When I read a book that I love and that I deem 4 or 5 stars I can’t wait to go on my nifty little book blog and sing its high praises. I honestly get so excited to share with everyone the excellent book I’ve just read, and I want everyone that reads my blog to read that amazing book and experience the excellency first hand. When I read a book that I feel is 3 stars or less, I get a completely different feeling regarding the review I’m going to write.
I’m not going to lie, sometimes I really debate on whether or not I’m even going to write a “meh” or negative review about a book, because they make me nervous. As I’m writing it I sometimes wonder if I’m being too critical of the book and I in no way want to offend anyone – the readers of the book or the author them self – with my review.
It also makes me nervous to have an unpopular opinion because obviously the majority liked the book for a reason. I’ve even been known to bump a rating of a book just because I wanted to like it as much as everyone else seemed to. I want to keep my reviews honest, though, which is why I’ve been trying to be more comfortable writing reviews, whether they be 1 star or 5 stars. One thing I do that helps me with this little struggle is to make sure I highlight some of the good in the novel before I talk about what I didn’t like.
The little bit of anxiety I get from writing negative reviews is something I’m going to have to continue to work on, but I’m definitely interested in seeing what everyone else thinks. So let me know! 🙂