Hi everybody and welcome back to Reading, Reading, Reading!
Firstly, I wanted to mention how happy I was to receive so much positive feedback on the latest instalment in my “Quick Thought” blog series. I wasn’t sure if many people would be in to a discussion-based post, since I don’t see them very often on other book blogs, but I was so glad that most of you enjoyed it! Last time, I wrote about “Returning Rough Reads”, which you can read here if you missed it!
Today, I wanted to discuss posting negative reviews for books on the internet. I have recently read a lot of different opinions on this issue (specifically on Facebook and Twitter), and I am very interested to read all of your thoughts on this topic.
While many people live by the “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it” rule in the book blogosphere, I actually feel different about this. Whenever I read a book that I plan on reviewing, I will post my review no matter what. I like to post my thoughts on books I read whether I enjoyed reading the book or not. As a reader and reviewer, I feel a responsibility to share books I did not enjoy, as well as those that I did. Sometimes when I read posts from other book blogs that only have 100% positive things to say about books or give almost all of their books 5 stars, I find that I may not trust that book blogger as much as others because I think that they may not be telling the truth/being honest about their thoughts on the book. Whenever I receive ARCs from publishing houses, I am accepting them in exchange for an honest review, even if I did not particularly enjoy the book. For example, I recently reviewed an ARC that I rated only two stars, and you can read that post here.
What do you think about posting negative reviews on your blog or social media? If you are only a reader and do not post many reviews, do you appreciate when bloggers post both negative or positive reviews, or do negative reviews hinder your blog reading experience? Let me know in the comments and we can discuss!
Good Night Book Owls!