PSA: Honesty and Book Reviewing


I was browsing WordPress the other day and one of the blogs featured had a Tag, so I figured I’d read through it to see if there was any questions I liked that I could twist for my own fun.

Well, one of the questions was “What was your last 1star book” and the young lady answering it wrote something like “Oh, probably never. If a book is that bad, I just DNF it”, with the assumption being that it doesn’t get rated and I’m guessing, not reviewed. BVT also recently did a post where she talks about Negative Reviews and how she appreciates them.

This led me to think about this whole subject beyond my little comment on BVT’s post. It still comes down to Trust so while I’ll be talking about that, I’d like to talk about some of the other components too.

So, Trust first.


If a book reviewer deliberately with-holds a review because it doesn’t get a particular rating, that is dishonest. Lying by omission is still lying.  A blogger might write completely honest reviews about all the fantastic books they read  but if they don’t publish the reviews about the crappy books, that is like someone doing their checkbook and showing only the credits  and not the debits. It’s honest, but it’s not the real picture. Just ask your bank.



Another reason that I won’t follow people who state they won’t do negative reviews is because it shows a paucity of character and a lack of integrity. If you don’t believe me, this picture from the INTERNET will show you the truth!



Now, there is a difference between being a dick online and calling a piece of garbage a piece of garbage. Exactly where that line is though, that’s a very tough question.  It’s also tangential to this discussion so I won’t discuss it further.

Another reason to write negative reviews is to help out other readers.  For the record, I want to state that reviews are NEVER for the author. N-E-V-E-R!!!!! They might get something out of them but it was never meant to be for them. Reviews are for other readers. If you are going review books, it is your duty to not only steer your followers towards the books you love, but to also steer them clear from the disasters, the broken bridges and the just plain bad books.  If you drive off that bridge, put up a freaking warning sign.  Its pure negligence if you don’t. Friends don’t let friends read bad books without warning them.



Another reason that negative reviews are a reviewers duty is that unlike in Magic the Gathering, you don’t get extra turns in your reading life. You read that bad book, that time is GONE! Don’t let others repeat your mistakes. Let them learn from you.



Finally, a book blogger may feel virtuous for not having any negative content on their blog. That shows a lack of understanding of what is virtuous, what is right and is a paving stone far along the path to hell. Yeah, I’m not going to pull any punches here and nothing funny like the ending of the PSA post from last month. I don’t want to follow someone with that lack of understanding, it is just plain dangerous to be around them.

This fairy is about to burn up in the fire. Good intentions not withstanding.


Bookstooge brings the FIRE!


101 thoughts on “PSA: Honesty and Book Reviewing

  1. I completely agree with all your points. My family hates when I review books I didn’t like or which I didn’t finish because it’s “mean to the author” but that completely defeats the purpose of reviews in the first place.

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  2. I couldn’t put it better myself.

    I always review a book, be it a one-star book or a 5-star book. That’s the all point of reviewing. What makes a book intolerable? My answer: An asshole for an author. If I find myself thinking while I read that I’m in the company of an asshole, that for me is the worst reading experience. And I’ve had that experience more often with “great” books than with trash ones. The few books that I have literally thrown across the room have all been “great” ones.

    My most hated book of all time has to be “The intolerable smugness of being” by Milan Kundera. God I hate that book. Even his picture on the back makes me want to puke blood. Everytime I hear someone tell me how great it is I want to stuff ten copies in a pillow case and beat them to death with it.
    (*Takes a deep breath, turns light off and goes to bed after 2 hours of writing my 12 year’s best post*)

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    1. Glad you got that off your chest about Kundera. It doesn’t sound like a book I’d ever read, so thankfully no need to strike it from the old TBR.

      Thankfully, most of the time I’m not reading books with some “message” (well, except for my non-fiction, but since I’m trying to bolster myself, I already agree with the message being presented in those) so I don’t have to deal with authorial ham handedness.
      And since I follow enough people if I see certain buzzwords in a review, I tend to stay away from authors that feel the need to preach instead of tell a story.

      Looking forward to your 12 year post. 12 years. That is just great!

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  3. I love a negative book review. They’re honest. They might not consider the same things I might consider in a book, but that’s not the point – the book gave one reader a bad reading experience and I want to know why that was.
    Also, negative reviews are sometimes more entertaining and more thoughtful than the underlying book!

    Mostly, tho, I agree with you, Mr. Bookstooge, not writing a negative review or only writing positive reviews or ratings is not providing the full picture and makes me question the reviewer’s motives and honesty.

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    1. I could see a new reviewer unconsciously doing this, but to state it as part of your review policy? No thank you!

      Just like if a cook can’t cook, I’m not going to that restaurant no matter how great everything else is. And if a writer can’t write, people need to know that so they can make up their own minds and not walk in blind.

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  4. Even if I DNF a book, I still rate and at least write a small review. People should know why it wasn’t worth finishing.
    I’ve avoided many bad books by reviewers I trust, so I intend do the same service for others. Even if I get hate for doing it by the book’s supporters. That’s a whole conversational topic on it’s own though.

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    1. Oh man, rabid fandom. Yeah, that is a whole post right there on its own 🙂

      Even if the reasons for me hating a book are a reason no other reviewer would make use of, at least now they know.
      *sings G.I. Joe cartoon theme song*

      Book reviewers have to have each others’ backs to stop us from wasting time on all the dreck out there 🙂

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  5. Great post! I absolutely agree with you, the reason why I love this community is the fact that you can actually know if the book is bad or not. Because you know the blogger’s taste you know if you will enjoy that book or not and thus you won’t waste your time with a book that everyone praised but that is not really your cup of tea..
    Even if a book is overhyped you should not be scared to say you don’t like it because of the fanbase… Even if some fans tend to act like enraged daleks…
    Also something I hate is what I call the “three stars line” for some reviewers, they never go below three stars and if they get a book from the publisher they will not go below three stars even if they did not liked it.

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    1. You’re the second person to specifically mention a rabid fanbase. Hmmm., maybe I should think about writing about that sometime 🙂

      That 3star line sounds horrible. That is definitely the kind of person I wouldn’t follow and wouldn’t even want to associate with.

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      1. Well toxic fanbase are everywhere and not only in the book community, well people are people! The more hardcore fanbase are concentrated on overhyped things though and they create fanwars against each other which is both ridiculous and hilarious. They look like Pachycephalosaurs head butting each others xD.

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  6. Yeah, true!

    I actually like reading negative reviews, as I like being warned and I want bloggers to be honest. I feel like some people are too nice sometimes. Especially if they get free books. You notice they don’t want to give a bad star rating because they feel bad maybe? As the book was for free?

    I don’t like it. If a book is crap, say it.

    I was never afraid to write negative reviews. And I don’t like a lot of popular books. I also write reviews about books I didn’t finish. I mean, why not? I started them and they ended up being bull**** so I feel like I need to tell everyone what didn’t sit right with me.

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    1. Preach it!!!

      While it takes time, once I know the likes and dislikes of another reviewer, I can tell if what bothers them will bother me, or not.

      Probably yet another reason I keep the number of people I follow kind of small.

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    1. Next on “Reverend Bookstooge”, our great leader elucidates on the evils of everyone else and how we really need to punish them!

      I’m always concerned that I go over the top with posts like this but then I realize, I can’t go over the top when talking about something as fundamental as this in regards to book blogging.

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  7. Brilliant post and I totally agree with you. I review every book so I can tell others how I got on with it, flaws, brilliance and all. I feel like I have I should give those reading my reviews a fair idea of what to expect from a book and let them decide if they want to read it. I don’t like hearing that people won’t do a 1 or 2 star review for fear of upsetting an author or some daft reason! We need these honest reviews!

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  8. Well said. I commented about this on Twitter recently, in reply to something HP of Everyday Should Be Tuesday said. Namely, I think being able to write negative reviews are important for a reviewer. But there’s my qualifier.

    Personally, I will very occasionally write a post dumping on a book or movie or show (usually when it’s about 1-2 stars in my estimation). But it’s not the kind of content I like to put a lot of energy into. My reasons are these:

    1. I suppose I am technically a reviewer and/or critic, but I prefer to consider myself an internet influence (of supremely small reach). As I said, I do sometimes warn people away from certain content, but I’d much rather prefer to be promoting what I like, especially when it’s obscure.

    2. There is no shortage of negativity on the Internet. I contribute to it sometimes, sure, but it’s an impulse I try to reign in. Now I’m not saying a negative review means you’re shitting on something necessarily. As you point out, there’s a different between being an asshole and writing a negative review (when done properly).

    3. I find that taste is an enormous qualifier when writing reviews, and at the risk of repeating myself, I often feel that content I would give 2-3 stars often has some redeeming points that plenty of others would like. I try to highlight this, but sometimes it escapes me. Example – Fritz Leiber. I’m really not a fan, but some people consider him a grandmaster of SFF.

    Anyway, just my thoughts!

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    1. Good points. And if you were a teenager, I’d rip you apart for being a shallow twit afraid to speak their mind 😉
      But it is obvious that you have thought about this whole thing and have your reasons for doing this beyond “I’m afraid…”.

      And I’m definitely NOT advocating searching out things to rip into. But in the course of your daily reading/watching and you come across the bad, you need to have the backbone to actually call something bad.

      A lot of this is the effect of a world society that no longer believes in objective Truth or in Right and Wrong. This post definitely touched on the symptoms and not the underlying causes. That type of thing is something I’m much more comfortable dealing with face to face and one on one instead of anonymously on the internet.

      I’d be glad to comment on such a post though *hint hint*

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  9. Ive read books based solely on reviews that have been utter hogs. It kind of makes me feel any other reviews by the same person are without worth so ultimately, if you aren’t an honest reviewer you’re damaging your credibility. There are ways of being honest without being mean.

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      1. Read an ebook — well, honestly, DNF’ed an ebook by a book blogger, that was just a collection of 100 or so blog posts of him crapping on books. One or two was okay, but that many? No thanks.

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  10. I always review a book regardless of what “rating” I would have given it. I actually avoid ratings because I think that instead of reading the whys on why I didn’t like the book, people would just see a rating and move on. I want them to know why I didn’t like it, so they can maybe go “well, I kinda like those things.” Without posting the good and bad, other readers can’t make a judgement for themselves. The only time I have not posted a negative review of books that I read was recently I read 2 poetry books in a row, I quickly realized that I despised poetry and pretty much had my entire life. The only reason I had read them was due to hype around them. I felt it may be a bit unfair to judge them through a lens of hatred of the entire genre, which I couldn’t remove enough to find any positive. Basically the one time my review would have been turning into a “dick” for no good reason. 🙂 I think negative reviews are an important part of the conversation we have about books as book bloggers and I am so glad you are having this discussion.

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  11. Great post! I tend to agree with you that negative reviews are just as important as positive ones for a variety of reasons. The only time I personally don’t write a review for a book I didn’t like is if I didn’t finish it, instead I’ll just include a sentence or two about it on my monthly wrap up.

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  12. I loved this post! 😀 Last year when I started posting I was so worried about backlash from other readers if I said anything negative about a book … until I realised there were so few people reading what I was writing that I could relax and just get on with saying what I think. I am one tiny, tiny voice in an ocean of voices – who am I really worried about offending?! I still try to be as even-handed as I can – what did I like/ what did I not like? – but any lingering doubts I had are totally put to rest. It was when you mentioned lying by omission is still lying … well, absolutely!

    Great post! Can’t wait to read what you have to say about DNFs! 😀

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    1. I have to admit, I’m undecided about DNF’ing as a post. If I do one, it’ll be a bit less strident than this. DNF’ing is a bit more complicated. On the plus side, that would make for a bigger post 🙂

      Isn’t it odd how it seems most bloggers are afraid of social pressure? I’m definitely including myself in that group 😦

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    1. I find finding the line between not giving two figs about other people and being a complete jackass is a hard one. I don’t want to be a jackass and yet I also don’t want to let my blog be ruled by a nebulous “fear” of others or something 🙂

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  13. This is a very timely post because just the other day I handed out my first 1-star in two years. But more on that in a bit. If a reviewer doesn’t rate because they DNF’ed, I can respect that – but I probably would have appreciated a review even if it was a brief paragraph with a couple sentence on why they stopped reading. Like you said, reviews are meant to inform, and a plain DNF doesn’t tell me anything.

    Now with regards to people who don’t write bad reviews, I think I’ve only come across one blog like that, and its authors claim it to be a “Recommendations blog” hence that is why they don’t post reviews for any books lower than 3 stars. That is also their prerogative, and at least they are up front about their reasoning. Still, while I don’t know if I would go as far as to say they’re a danger to be around, I do find that blogs like that are not as useful as those that post good and bad reviews. Sure, it’s nice to know what you like and recommend, but by that same token, it also helps to know which books you hated and would advise others to avoid.

    Anyway, back to my 1-star. I don’t give those out often. I pride myself on being a glass-half-full kind of person. I always try my best to see the positives even in a crappy situation. And quite honestly, I’ve rarely read a book where I’ve hated everything about it so much that it warrants a 1 star. For me, a 1 star means it’s horribly, irredeemably bad. I like to think that in the last couple years, my lack of 1-stars means I’ve just gotten better at choosing books, and to some extent that’s definitely. But ugh, I misjudged this one terribly. Writing the review should be fun!

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    1. This is why I have written out my Star Rating on a separate page. Most of mine have not been because I hated the book either but based on theological reasons. And that doesn’t apply to a lot of people looking for reviews of Book X 😀

      Hurray for refining your choosing process. It is really nice when I get a string of 4+ books in a row. It just “feels” good 😀


      1. That process is still constantly getting improved. I think I have a good sense of what I like and don’t like, so 1-stars are all but a thing of the past, but ugh, I hate it when I hit a slump of 3-3.5 stars (which is what happened recently). Those are the books that could go either way in the choosing process. And they typically end up being enjoyable enough, but when you get a whole string of those, it really drags your whole mood down! 😀

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  14. I tell authors who ask me to read their stuff that I’m going to a. finish it since they gave it to me and b. post negatives because I spent the time reading, and I need content. Also, ultimately goodreads/amazon is more about number of reviews than number of stars (everything, given time will end up being 3.7…I read that online somewhere, it has to be true).

    One thing I won’t do is call attention to the author by tagging them on social media when I do that, tho. Too many people do that — that just seems rude. But I’ve been spared a few reads by negative reviews.

    I’ve also grabbed a book because of a negative review — “There’s no way that X wrote something that bad, I remember loving their stuff…”

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    1. That is one of the reasons I don’t do netgalley or requests. I don’t like feeling obligated to someone else for anything about the book I am reading.

      I believe you about the numbers thing. The Law of Averages and the Bell Curve are probably in play in regards to that.

      I don’t understand the whole hashtag in reviews thing myself. I guess part of it is that I don’t want anything to do with an author, so I’m not going to use things to their attention. Bleh….

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  15. While I agree on principle on your stance about reviewing bad books as a form of ‘civic duty’, I feel the need to explain my own parameters, since I have been “guilty” of not reviewing books I did not like. When that happened, it was because I never went beyond the 20% mark in the story for a number of reasons: I did not enjoy the premise or the characters, the writing was not to my liking, or there were elements that rubbed me the wrong way. And if I have not read the book in its entirety, I don’t feel entitled to publicly express my opinions on it: who knows, maybe the story picks up after that fateful 20% mark, and I will never know it, or there is a reveal that changes completely the outlook. No matter what, I don’t feel that a negative review based on only one-fifth of a book can be of help, and I’m not sure if those negative feelings are a matter of substandard writing or rather a matter of personal preference – and I’m also quite aware of my rather fussy standards….

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    1. So many people here have commented on the DNF that I think I’ll probably write up a post sometime about my opinions on that particular ball of wax.

      I look at the DNF as a separate issue myself and have quite a softer viewpoint on how it is handled.

      Back onto this issue. I deliberately chose to come on as strong as I could (well, without going into parody and complete and utter cynicism) because I view this through the lens of Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong. That is as much a personality thing as anything 🙂

      Thanks for taking the time to write out your thoughts. I have been absolutely LOVING all the comments and the interaction I’ve been able to have with everyone because of this post. This is really kind of what I live for on my blog 😀

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  16. I usually give 2 star review if i somehow manage to finish the book. I haven’t come across a book yet that i finished and at the end it still felt like a 1. I guess that’s luck as well.

    What i usually do with books i didn’t finish is write a small paragraph of why, and post it in my monthly catch up post. They are too short to waste a whole post on them. I think, anyway.

    I don’t always review everything (mostly because I just don’t have the time), but I usually still put a star rating on Goodreads. Before i started blogging, that’s pretty much all i did.

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    1. Yep, most people tend to just rate the book without reviewing. And even a lot of reviewers don’t review EVERY book they read. I know I could probably get in an extra book or 3 every month if I wasn’t always reviewing what I’d already read. It can take a while to get my thoughts down, that’s for sure.

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  17. I really agree with you here- I actually get a little suspicious of people that only ever have positive reviews, cos either they love everything (which is weird) or they just don’t have the guts/really want arcs/are trying too hard to be nice… Whatever the reason, it’s not great and I get a lot out of both types of reviews (and of people are scared of being off putting, sometimes I’ll read it if I’m determined to anyway)

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  18. When I was uploading my review of Ulysses on GB and LT, I took a look at how many 1.5 star or less book* reviews I have and frankly it’s sorta pathetic (7 out of at least 350 if not 400 reviews). I’m concerned that I might be just a more positive reviewer than I should be OR I’m just reading books that I know that a large cross section of people have enjoyed and the chances of me disliking it are pretty low and so I go into reading the book with a knowledge I’ll like this and any faults I should see I mentally gloss over.

    *If you check my reviews of stories in anthology collections, they range from 0 to 5 but combined for the book review the rating usually comes in 2.5-3 stars. So I have more 0-1.5 reviews than just 7 on the blog.

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      1. Hi,

        Yes I have had a bit difficulty getting the reviews going lately.

        Some of it can be explained by me spending some time on holiday with my kids but a lot of it has been me being not really well.

        A couple of years ago both my parents passed away and my wife took that very moment to ask for a divorce (after she had a couple of affairs). I pretty much broke down then. The divorce is still not finished. I signed the last, I hope, papers yesterday. Just when things started to get going again I got a phone call from the police telling me my girlfriend, which I met after separating from previously mentioned wife, had been found dead in her apartment.

        Well, to cut it short, the last couple of months everything has caught up with me emotionally and I have had problem motivating myself to do much of anything.

        Sorry for all the whining but I thought just a “Not really” wouldn’t be much of an answer.

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        1. I am SO sorry Per.
          I had no idea and didn’t mean to pry into such a big issue. Honestly, I’m surprised you’re even blogging at all then.

          I realize you and I aren’t “best buddies” and really don’t know each other, so I’m hesitant to try to offer words of comfort here. If you need to vent to a complete stranger who doesn’t know the details, you can always email me at bookstooge at gmail dot com. I’ll listen.

          And being a man, I have to offer advice. So I’m sorry if it comes across the wrong way. Go read the Gospel of John. It might not be what you want but it is what you need.

          I’ll be praying for you.


  19. Great post! I don’t always give star ratings for books I DNF, but I will write DNF reviews for them. And depending on how far I read before I DNF, and what the reason is that I stopped reading, sometimes I will also give the book 1 star for that. I try to be fair about it, in any case.

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    1. Yeah, DNF’ing is a very complicated beast. I am thinking of doing another PSA post next month on that. With everyones’ comments and my own thoughts, there is WAY more than enough for a post. I love it when one post spawns another 😀

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  20. Totally agree. However, I think it mostly revolves around your perspective with regards to blogging – if you treat it as a way to share your experience with like-minded individuals, you’ll do everything you can to stay true to yourself and write what you think. But if you do it in order to make money or at least not to spend money on books you get for free 😉 you’ll probably be more inclined to treat authors as potential customers and do a lot to make them happy. It seems to me that honesty doesn’t even enter the picture at this stage, it’s more about courtesy/guilt/PR/money 😉 It’s all about money… And now I have this song stuck in my head 😛

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    1. You have nailed it. I didn’t want to say all that and accuse those people of being book-hoes, but I concur completely. They are book-hoes.

      And sing it!
      I just listened to a version by some group/artist named Meja and ugh. I’d rather listen to Travis Tritt. And I hate country music 😀

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      1. Heh, I wouldn’t go so far 😉 I think it’s actually a natural tendency to reciprocate – usually people want to be nice to other people, because they expect to be treated the same way. Making money is not a bad thing, I’d just like people to be upfront about it 🙂

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        1. Well, “I” would go that far 😀

          And I have nothing against book hookers. I just won’t follow them, associate with them or consider them reviewers at all. And I’d gladly push them in front of a bus.

          See, the true wildman vitriol is pouring out now!

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  21. Thank you! I find it so weird when people say they won’t do negative reviews. If nothing else, how can we trust what people say they like if we have no idea of what they don’t like? To really know how you match up against someone else’s taste, you need to know all of it.

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  22. Very very good points.
    I always try to find some balance/ criticism sando/ etc in my reviews. Sometimes it’s hard to find something I like about a book, but we mostly pick the books we review so we’re at least going to like the genre or subject or premise. From there, it sometimes is just a free fall:)

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    1. Free fall indeed 😀

      It really does help that most bloggers have “some” idea of what genres they like/dislike. Just like I am not going to voluntarily read romance books. But if I accidentally do, say, when an author hides that it is a romance book just wrapped in “spaceship”, then I’m going to rip it to pieces.

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  23. I used to not review books if I DNF them. I thought, “what if it has a great ending that will raise it to 2 or 3 stars overall?” But, this led me to finish reading a lot of bad books, because I knew I wanted to write something about them.

    So, now, I will review DNFs. Oddly enough, I’ve given all the books I’ve started DNFing 2-stars for being dull, rather than 1-star for being absolute pieces of garbage. Maybe if I’d spent more hours with them, my rating would have fallen, but maybe not, because to earn that single star, a book needs to be confusing or contain a bad moral message.

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  24. I take your point and don’t disagree, but I don’t post reviews less than 3 stars (exceptions are made, but they are rare).

    When I started blogging I had a think about what sort of a platform I was going to have. Since I didn’t intend to only review books, or only discuss certain topics, I knew that I had to have a solid idea of what my ethos was going to be. One of them was to not be negative.

    At the time, and this still holds true, reviewers used to get more traffic and interest in their negative reviews. If you wrote something really scathing or critical people were more likely to share it. So reviewers (see every single Kirkus reviewer) tended to be snarky, belittling, negative, and insulting to newer authors, or anything they had merely not enjoyed, not because they were bad per se. I.e. they would be overly critical of books (or movies, TV shows, etc) for traffic.

    As a result, I hold to the idea of not doing that.

    I also hold to another idea, that I shouldn’t waste my time on bad books. If I’m not enjoying something, well that’s time I could be spending reading something else. The same holds for writing a review, if I’m going to that effort I want it to be to promote something, not to tear it down. I don’t have the time to be negative.

    I’ve blogged about this before:

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    1. Comment has been approved. I’ve had to up the moderation control because of the spammers recently. I used to be able to get away with only moderating comments with 2 or more links, but the bots and whatnot keep on pushing.

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  25. Sorry – I carried on following the comments here (is that classed as lurking? … I lurked!) even though I had nothing else to say really. Can I ask: what does spam on WP look like? I don’t think I’ve been spammed here as I’m nobody, but I can’t imagine what WP spam looks like. (Is this is stupid question?) :-/

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    1. Lurk away 😀

      Spam here on wordpress tends to be either long, long, long comments that don’t make any sense by a poster with a link to something or other. Usually to things you’re supposed to buy.

      The other is just links that are in shortened form so you don’t know WHERE they might take you.

      All in all, it is just annoying 😦

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      1. Oh, OK! I’ve had a couple of comments that were just links to things I didn’t understand/care about … I didn’t realise it was spam. I didn’t know what it was! Thank you, I appreciate the help! 😀

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  26. Well said, sir. Keep on spreading the truth. I also enjoy reading negative reviews too. It’s fun to see how ugly a person can get in regards to the book they read. After all, we’re putting out precious time in the hands of these authors and their books! Gotta save everyone’s time so they can spend it on better things instead, i.e. cure cancer!

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    1. Exactly. And just so you know, if someone ever does cure cancer, I’m going to take at least 25% of the credit for allowing that person to have the time by avoiding all the bad books I talked about 😉

      It is just amazing to me how writers seem to think that bloggers and amateur reviewers have nothing else to do but read their poorly written trash. I have a full time job, so does Mrs B, so we split the housework, then church stuff, then the gun range, then social obligations, etc, etc. Life is just plum busy. Throw in tv and movies and bam, suddenly that reading pie looks very small indeed.

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