Monday, April 6, 2015

[Coffee Shop Talks] Writing Bad Reviews


    


99% of the time, I don't write bad reviews. The reason is a simple one. If I didn't like the book, I don't want to waste any more time on it. Occasionally I will write a couple of lines on Goodreads after I've given a star rating and I will send a quick note to the publisher to let them know what I didn't enjoy about the story and why I won't be reviewing it. But that's about it. I'd rather move on to the next book and hope it's something better. 


I will sometimes read other blogger's negative reviews, but the ones with 4 1/2 - 5 star ratings are more likely to grab my attention.



So what about you? Do you write negative reviews? 





        

10 comments:

Linda B said...

I do like to see less-than-positive reviews from reviewers I trust. Especially if I am wavering about reading a book. My book budget is limited and it is VERY upsetting to buy a book and find out it is not up to expectations. Like many readers, it took me a lot of time to find reviewers whose opinions I could count on and I now have 5 or 6 that I really pay attention to - and have rarely been disappointed. Your reviews I are ones I count on :)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Thank you, Linda =) I agree that negative reviews can be very helpful. If I see enough bad ratings from bloggers I trust, then I will definitely take a book off of my TBR list. I've been fortunate enough in my reading choices that I haven't come across many books that I've really disliked. The Dangerous Type by Loren Rhoads and David Wellington's Positive are the only ones so far this year.

Otakutwins said...

I don't tend to write negative reviews because authors spend lots of time writing and perfecting their story, it's something they love. So if I don't like anything about it I don't write the review because they spent so much time on it.

Anne Hannah said...

If I read a book, I review it. But I have friends who loooove to write negative reviews. I honestly don't totally trust reviewers who seem to enjoy picking every book apart and blasting it to pieces. If it's awful or offensive to me, I'll write a negative review. But I don't seek out books that I know will piss me off. Life's too short.

Danielle Romero said...

That makes total sense. I've had a few where I didnt bother writing the review bc I didn't want to waste more time if I didnt absolutely have to

Judith Cauthan said...

When I am doing research on a book I am on the fence about, I look at 5 star and 1 star ratings. I like to find out the why's and why not's of the other peoples views on the book. Sometimes its something that hits a button with me, other times its something that bothered the review, but doesn't bother me.

fishgirl182 said...

I write bad reviews from time to time. I feel like it is sometimes easier to write a negative review just because I can easily pick out why I did not like a book. But when I love a book I find that it's sometimes really hard to describe why I love it. Three paragraphs of SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! just don't seem to good enough for a full review. But I always try to be generally respectful. I know people put a lot of work into books and I try not to get personal or anything like that. I actually like reading negative reviews though because they can often be more informative. What someone else hate I might love and vice versa.

Michelle @ Much Loved Books said...

I don't write a post for each book I DNF but I do an Honourable Mentions post to give them a shout out.
I don't really review books I don't like, because if don't like them, then I DNF them.

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I struggle with writing bad reviews, but only because if I didn't like the book doesn't mean others wont too. I've also had an author come back and leave comments. I never responded to them and left it go at that. Now, I figure it's best to not write them than to deal with some of the *whistle* out there.

Bregje said...

I also find negative reviews helpful in deciding what books to get, so I also review books that I did not particularly enjoy. I often find that people are actually better at saying why they didn't like a book than why they did and that tells me a lot more about the book.

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