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June 30, 2011


Happy Thursday GoodChoiceReaders!!

The question for today is all about negative reviews. You know - for whatever reasons - there are just some books that Wanda, Damaris and I cannot seem to get into...and we run into the dreaded dilemma. Do we write a bad review? Do we skip the review altogether? Do we write a review and only talk about the good aspects of the book?

So here's my question for you all - especially any future authors out there: what do you think we should do when we come across a book that we just plain don't like, lol?



  1. I write a review and simply explain why the book did not catch my attention. I do not bash the author. Sometimes the book is not for me.

  2. Savannah, I agree with you. I always point out what I did like and then what I did not. It drives me insane because I hate writing negative reviews, but this is what we're here for right? Though I've decided that if I do not like a book enough to finish it, I am not even wasting my time writing a review.

    There is always something positive when there is a negative. So if I can finish a book, but am left feeling Bleh about the book... I think about the positive first lol.

  3. I think you do the write thing. Please inform the author if you couldnt finish the book. As an author, I would want to know.

  4. I wrote write instead of right. Lol us writers have a one track mind.

  5. I'm in that exact situation right now. I got an eGalley from either NetGalley or GalleyGrab, but it just wasn't my cup of tea. I tried to write the best review I could & hope that it doesn't sound mean or anything. I'm still kind of worried about posting it though. :/ I'm interested to see what others have to say about this one.

  6. I think there is a difference between writing a review with negative points in it and bashing the author. As a reader- I PREFER to read both positive and negative reviews. I like seeing the good and bad in the books. I honestly tend to shy away from sites that only do positive (OMG I loved this book!) reviews.... I feel like they aren't being honest.

    Negative reviews don't typically dissuade me from reading the books and deciding for myself- it actually encourages me to do it!

  7. I can't read negative reviews. I find that when I read a negative review, while I am reading the book I find myself thinking about what that negative review had pointed out. Things I probably wouldn't have noticed if I hadn't read that review lol. So I try not to read any negative reviews until after I have read the book lol.

  8. I try to write my reviews the way I would tell a friend about the book. I am honest and explain why I didn't like it.

  9. Tina said: As a reader I like honest reviews. That means not all books are going to be great. As long as you don't make it personal (bashing author) and stick to valid points of why the book was not for you-it should be okay. I am sure authors like to know the good and bad. I read and appreciate reviews that give both the good and the bad.

  10. I tell it like it is! Praising a book is the same as stating the negative aspects of it. I just have to be completely honest; but at the same time, I always make sure to be tactful and respectful to the author and his/her work. I never bash a book necessarily -I just mention if I like it or not, and I always have to state the reasons as well.

  11. If you were to come across a book that you simply did not like, as a reader, I'd like to know. In your review, point out the elements that you found disappointing and the elements you enjoyed. Readers want to spend their money on a book that will bring the highest level of enjoyment. If you could only buy one book, but had two choices, I'd want the most promising book. In your review, don't bash the author, but include what you'd like to see that could improve any work they may publish in the future. Also, remind your readers that this book wasn't for me, but if you're a fan of ..., you might enjoy this book.


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