Inspired by all the blogs who do joint discussions, The Reviewers' Roundtable is our version of a weekly feature where we discuss a book related/blogging topic.
Meet the Reviewers:
Rachel from Rachel Reads (Saturdays)
Emily from Read Your Bookcase (Fridays)
Me (Michelle) from here at Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (Thursdays)
Well here's a nice and sunny topic :) Ok so for real, negative reviews... if you are a book blogger at some point you've had to write one, right? I know I have. If I never wrote a negative review, I wouldn't be being honest with you all. Not every books is great, and the reality is there's a lot of not great books out there.
I noticed that before I was a blogger and I just wrote reviews on Goodreads, I didn't really feel too bad when I didn't like a book. I felt like "hey I should warn people about this book so that they can read something else.... or if they do read it, they at least have the heads up". But now.... well I still have to write them, but I feel bad about it. Which is because I know that the author might read my review. I know that to be a writer you have to have thick skin... but when I picture an author publishing a book, I think of all the time and love they've put into that book... and I feel bad. I don't want to talk smack on their baby. But I want to be honest with my readers too.
So here's what I came up with: When I don't like a book, I try to come up with at least something good to say. And yeah I don't tend to tweet the review to the author either. But if the review was requested by the author/publisher, then I still send them the link.
I don't think I'm mean in my negative reviews. I just say what didn't work for me and get out. My goal is to promote reading... but I still have to say what I truly think. It's a delicate balance and sometimes I probably say too much.
My blog friend Alice in Readerland does this really cool thing at the end of her reviews called Cynical Cindy where she says what she didn't like about the book. I think it's a really cool way to say what needs to be said, but not look like a b*tch. I wish I would've thought of it :) From a reader stand-point I know I like reading honesty. I don't like it when every time I read a review on a blog the person is all: I loved it, I loved it about every book. That is just too fake... and I don't like fakeness.
Here are some of my negative reviews:
- Fourth Comings (Jessica Darling #4)
So how do you handle negative reviews? Do you feel guilty?