The idea for today’s blog post has been with me for the past couple of months but for some reason, it never made it to the blog. I knew I wanted to talk about it in some form but I never thought it was important enough (or rather it would be stating the obvious) to dedicate an entire post to it.
However, the issue of writing negative book reviews – whether we should write them at all and if so, how far can we go – keeps popping up on my news feed, so I decided to sit down and talk about my experiences and why I think negative reviews do matter.
We’re all different
Each book blogger is different. We have different writing styles, different taste in books, and different preferences when it comes to writing our reviews. I know people who only review books they genuinely enjoyed reading and would recommend to others, and people who review the good and the bad. And that’s fine. We’re different and that’s how it should be.
I belong to the latter category but I totally understand why people would decide not to review books they didn’t enjoy and I completely respect their choice. Personally, I always attempt to review even the ones I didn’t like but being a slow reader and working full time, I don’t think I would be able to keep my blog going if I ignored every bad book I read. And I don’t want to, either. As a blogger, I think it’s important to talk about both good and bad stories.