Do You Review A Lot of Books You Didn’t Like On Your Blog?

December 17, 2015 books, discussion 26

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Topic

Bloggers, I have a question for you! Recently, I realized I mainly review books, movies and TV shows that I liked, so there’s a much higher percentage of favorable reviews on my blog. Naturally, I was wondering if you do the same, or if I should make more of an effort to share negative reviews as well.

My Opinion

When it comes to books, I’ve been neglecting blog reviews, because I always write down a quick reaction after finishing a book on Goodreads. When I review on the blog, I have to include a picture and a blurb and… yes, okay I’m just lazy, I know. When I do review books on my blog, however, it is mainly the ones I really liked. I’ve certainly reviewed a few mediocre or bad ones, but more often than not I’ll want to share my enthusiasm rather than my bad experience with a book. And with movies and TV shows I mainly just write posts about the ones I like, because it’s often a mix of review and recommendation, so when I don’t like something I just move on.

I know a lot of people like scathing reviews, because they can be hilarious, and if I really disliked a book and someone expresses my grievances with it in a funny way I’m not going to complain (like this review of Throne of Glass or this one). Personally, I absolutely will give a book a bad review, but I usually don’t feel comfortable writing very harsh reviews (I say usually to cover my ass in case I’ll write a one tomorrow) and I don’t always enjoy reading them. So posting them for the fun factor is out for me, which means I’ll be even less motivated to share it – ergo, I tend to share positive reviews more often, because I. WANT. PEOPLE. TO. READ. THE. BOOK. You know, because it would make their life better, not so I can talk about it some more with them. I’m altruistic like that.

Your Turn!

Do you share more positive reviews than negative ones on your blog, or do you mostly share positive ones? Do you crosspost all your Goodreads reviews or can you give me a run for my money in terms of laziness?

26 Responses to “Do You Review A Lot of Books You Didn’t Like On Your Blog?”

  1. verena

    I write a lot of reviews and about a lot of not that good books, too. I tend to become too critical when I don’t like a book and I wouldn’t like to share these negative reviews with readers if I had a book blog…but I think it is okay to post only positive reviews, so everybody can see easily what you like and recommend!
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  2. Jackie

    I think I’ve definitely posted more positive reviews on my blog than I have negative ones, but I’ve written a few negative ones. And sometimes after an awful book, all I want to do is write a snarky, negative review to get out all of my frustrations. It makes me feel better. Is that bad?

    As for cross posting? I maybe get around to it once a year. I don’t cross post all of my reviews though, just the ones I like, whether they are good, bad, or indifferent.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Nah, it’s not bad, I COMPLETELY understand. I could be a lot more scathing in my reviews and I never judge people who are, I just hesitate because I know authors do check them out and I’d never uncurl from my ball of sadness if I read too many reviews of people who hated my book if I wrote one. :D Oh, interesting, I hadn’t thought of the quality of the review! I guess I’m more likely to crosspost the more thoughtful reviews over the I finished this at 3 am and summed up my feelings in three sentences ones.
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  3. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    I do post more positive than negative, I think. But I don’t know why. I mean, I kind of find negative reviews a lot easier to write, which is awful but true. I guess for me, I publish almost all reviews I do for review copies, so it doesn’t really end up mattering whether I liked the book or not- it’s getting reviewed either way.

    I do crosspost on Goodreads. I didn’t used to, when I had blogger, because I am also lazy. But with Ashley’s plugin, it’s done for me, I just have to paste the text (actually, I don’t even have to do that, but I set it up that way because sometimes I try to leave the extra snark on my blog and not on Goodreads).

    Also, those Throne of Glass reviews made me laugh, so thanks for that! I see your altruism is shining through again ;)
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Negative reviews can be easier, because you already know what you want to say and criticize! Yes, please do tell me about review etiquette with ARCs, I’m new to this. :D Like, I recently got two ARCs, one of which I liked and reviewed on Goodreads and my blog, and one of which I hated and DNF’d at 10%, so I only quickly said so on Goodreads. Should I still crosspost to my blog even though I didn’t finish and thought it was really bad or not? And if I finish it and hate it, is a crosspost still appreciated? I almost always review on Goodreads, but I’m more likely to crosspost positive reviews to my blog, because I need to poke people to read it and chat to me about it. :D And the altruism is strong in me always, never question it, Shannon.
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  4. Resh Susan

    I mostly write about books I love. or liked. and sometimes if I think it would cater to a specific audience. It is really difficult toning down your hatred for a book because i always think what if the writer sees this and gets hurt. I try to put my dislike in a polite way

  5. Cait @ Paper Fury

    Ooh this is a toughie. I guess I DO share more negative reviews? Because I review the ARCs I’ve been given and that’s about it. xD I’d rather write a discussion or a fun post or something random than a review, so if I don’t have to review the book…I usually don’t? (Well I review it on Goodreads.xD) SO YEAH. I guess most of my reviews tend to be a bit negative. D: I totally get the wanting to promote happy reviews more though! i mean, it makes sense right?! Promoting the good books and basically forcing EVERYONE TO READ OUR FAVOURITES. #goals
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I am definitely with you on the random posts! It’s not that I dislike reviewing books; it’s just that I do it on Goodreads, so once I’ve done that it’s kind of okay cool check that off the list and move on, so I’ll often only share it when I’m REALLY enthusiastic about it, ergo when it’s a positive review. And then with ARCs I don’t even know if I should review it on my blog if I like DNF’d it or gave it a really bad rating!? What’s the etiquette on that? Like, I’m never going to lie and I’m going to review on Goodreads, but do publishers generally want you to post your review to your blog anyway? Because it’s not like it’s going to keep me from doing it, but if I didn’t want anyway I might not. xD I WILL FORCE EVERYONE TO READ THE BOOKS I LOVED THOUGH. And I’ve read TONS of squee-y reviews by you BTW, but I guess a lot of them were on Goodreads? It’s like whenever I add a book to my to read I’ll see oh, Cait’s read this one too, let’s see what she has to say. XD
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  6. Kristen Burns

    With rare exception, I only review books I like. That’s the reason I started blogging, to share the amazing books I found, to help out the books that truly deserve to be read. I, of course, have had many thoughts about terrible books, many snarky and sarcastic and ranty thoughts… but I would feel too bad posting reviews like that. That’s why I don’t even do ARCs unless I’m like 99% I’ll love the book—because if I don’t like it, I’m obviously not going to lie which means I will have to post a bad review, and I’d just rather not have to do that.

    I do cross post all my reviews, but that’s because I’m all perfectionist, and it would drive me crazy to have some reviews on GR, some on my blog, some on both, different reviews in both places… Couldn’t handle that lol.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      And the worst things is if you give an ARC a bad review, it’s sometimes the first or, like, one of five reviews on Goodreads! Like, I’ll still do it, but I’ll feel slightly bad about it for about five minutes. Then my brain gets distracted, but hey five minutes can be a long time when you’re underwater holding your breath. I’m not sure why we’re suddenly under water in this scenario, but let’s just go with it.
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  7. Alyssa

    Sooooo … I don’t review books on my blog. But I am planning to do a couple next year (if only because I gave in and requested an eARC of a book I was looking forward to!) but that one was great so I haven’t yet had to face this problem. I actually find much more to comment about on YES IT’S GREAT reviews, but the meh or the nope reviews are really useful to me as a reader!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      The weird thing is, I TECHNICALLY know you don’t review books on your blog, because if anyone had asked me “Does Alyssa review books on her blog?” my answer would have been “Nope”, but somehow I never consciously noticed!? Looking forward to your review(s)! Oh, I haven’t even thought about comments in that context. I think I feel the same, but I’ll have to pay attention to it!
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I’m not sure whether blogging is a factor for me (though I’m sure it probably influences my reading and reviewing in some way), but I definitely have become A LOT more critical of books the more I read over the years. When I was growing up all the stories were NEW and I’d never read them before and I was a lot more tolerant of issues, but now few things are original and I*m more likely to take offense at things haha
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  8. Tessa

    I try to review every book I read (the key word there is try) so that I can share what I truly felt about a book. I feel as if it can be just as important to tell someone not to read a book and waste their time as it is to recommend a book. There are a couple of books that I wished I would have been warned not to read by reviews. I like providing an equal balance of positive and negative reviews as well. Not every book is amazing, and I believe that people have the right to know which books were not your favorites. But, I do like writing positive reviews better than negative ones. I love squealing and fangirling about books a lot more than complaining about them.

    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I review (almost) every book I read on Goodreads since I have it, so there are definitely bad reviews there; it’s just that I forget to post them to the blog. I guess I just kind of assume that everyone has Goodreads and if they want to read reviews on a specific book they go there? BUT I SHOULD CROSSPOST MORE OFTEN I KNOW. I’ll try to be better! Hm I think sometimes it’s easier to write bad reviews because you usually know what to say, BUT I certainly enjoy sharing my enthusiasm more.
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  9. Valerie

    I’m going to be honest because I LOVE writing negative reviews. They’re easier to write than positive ones because I know what bothered me and I know why I didn’t like the book. However, even though I say this, I think I would be mortified if an author read it and then mentioned it to me. That happened to me this week, and it wasn’t even a negative review, but I ended up double checking whether I said anything mean about the characters or anything. Either way, even with me saying this, I think you should review however you want to. Sometimes a negative review can MAKE people want to read the book LOL. Or just not change their mind about reading it. Who knows!

    I feel you on the laziness though. I try to format all my review beforehand, but that rarely happens.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      That’s a really good point actually. I do sometimes find it easier to criticize books than to praise them – must be the German in me haha. Ah yes, I always hope authors aren’t looking at reviews, but I’d definitely check out the reviews if I wrote a book and then cry in a corner for a week or something. I do definitely write negative reviews when I didn’t like the book on Goodreads, they just make it to the blog less often, because I’m not enthusiastic about the book, so I don’t put in the extra work to crosspost! I’ll definitely try to share more reviews generally in the future though, because a lot of the time I just review books on Goodreads right after reading them and then forget about it.
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    • Vlora

      Vlora

      I have to admit I actually sometimes find it fairly easy to write negative reviews because there’s just so much to criticize haha. Then again, there are books I didn’t like where I can’t quite put my finger on why I didn’t like them, so those are a bit harder to explain. I do review almost every book on Goodreads, I think I just crosspost less of my negative reviews to my blog, either because I DNF’d, in which case I sometimes don’t think it’s worth it, or because I just don’t feel enthusiastic about the book, so I don’t want to put in the work to crosspost it. :D
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  10. Joann Downie

    Well this is interesting because I think an honest opinion is more valuable than always being postive, however, I love being positive!! So its kind of a conflict there. I have written a review that sticks out for me as I really love this author, but this one book I just didn’t care for at all, and again I think being honest of what you think carries more weight.

    • Vlora

      Vlora

      Oh, no I definitely give my honest opinion! It’s just that I noticed I’m more likely to share reviews of the books I enjoyed than of the books I didn’t enjoy on my blog (I definitely give bad star ratings and reviews on Goodreads, because I usually do that right after finishing a book). So it’s less that I don’t give bad ratings or falsify my review to sound more positive, I just share more positive reviews than negative ones.
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