If you’ve hung around here for awhile you’ll notice that some the majority of the reviews posted on my blog are rated 4 or 5 stars. This is not because I’m a loving leprechaun who believes that all books are a pot of gold, but rather because (for awhile) I promised myself not to publish negative reviews.
THAT’S RIGHT –
NO NEGATIVE REVIEWS (kinda crazy, I know).
“But why Kat, why?” I hear you ask.
I HAVE SO MANY REASONS (#lies. I have like, two).
- I hated the idea of turning readers away from books.
When I read a review from a blogger I trust and they tell me that a book is horrible I…sometimes believe them. I, sometimes, just won’t read that book – because a blogger told me it was terrible.
(And I know this is bad! I know that trusting someones review with every fibre of your being is like thinking a book is great just because it has a beautiful cover. I KNOW THESE THINGS, but I still (sometimes) trust bloggers.)
Maybe you even trust me (just a little).
And therein lies the problem – I hate that I could turn you away from reading a book just because I didn’t like it. Don’t get me wrong (!) in no way am I saying I have the power to make you read books but the mere possibility that I do terrified me.
2. And the authors.
The books they write are often like children they’ve been helping grow and nurture into strong books with solid spines. So when someone comes over and yells insults at their baby they’re heartbroken, and it’s completely understandable.
No one wants to be told that their child is ugly or that it lacks character.
I don’t like being that person. I don’t like hacking at someone’s novel with an axe, even if I really didn’t like it.
And trust me, I know that reviews are subjective. I know that they’re merely my opinion but for the longest time I couldn’t get myself to post them. Instead, I hid my negative reviews deep within my laptop where no one would ever find them.
This in itself was a problem because I get ARC and review requests all the time and part of accepting these books is, well…reviewing them which means that even if I don’t like a book I have to review it.
So what was I meant to do?
Was I meant to post the negative reviews, even though I kinda cried every time? (I’m so overdramatic. Negative reviews don’t make me cry, I promise.)
Or try and explain to publishers that I cared too much about the authors feelings so I wouldn’t review the book?
*cue frantic devouring of cake*
But if you follow me on Goodreads you’re probably thinking, “Uh, Kat. I’ve read a negative review by you.”
AND INDEED, YOU HAVE.
Because after awhile I caved; I began posting them but I HAVE CONDITIONS:
- I don’t post negative reviews all willy-nilly on my blog (granted, I don’t post all the reviews of all the books I read on my blog either).
- I DO post all my reviews on Goodreads (so If you’re looking for them follow me here).
- And I post them all on Amazon too, with no worries.
So, as requested by some of you, there is the reason why you probably won’t find a negative review on my blog.
BUT WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Are negative reviews okay? Do you only post positive reviews? Do you hand out 5 stars like I eat cupcakes (that’s a lot). And do authors feelings matter to you or are you as ruthless as they are when they kill off our favourite characters? TELL ME ALL THE THINGS.
Yours within the Bookworm Revolution,