I’m a great believer in the maxim of ‘Never complain; never explain’ but one topic seems to crop up in the world of book blogging over and over. It’s the one about only giving positive book reviews. Recently book bloggers have attracted the attention of a vicious trolls who accuse them of all sorts because they only ever write positive book reviews on their blogs.
I am only going to write this once, then I’m done explaining.
I only review books I love on my blog.
There are a few reasons for this. I have a chronic debilitating illness with a rare syndrome attached to it that causes extreme fatigue. The illness has left me with damaged hands. I have one typing finger left. I’m not going to waste what time I have left reviewing books I haven’t enjoyed. Life is too short for anyone to do this. Depending on the level of fatigue, writing a review takes it out of me. I don’t have the energy for writing one every day or additional blog posts about weekly blog book hauls or anything else. I enjoy reading about everyone else’s book hauls!
If I enjoy a book, everyone hears about it. I gush a lot and enjoy telling authors I’ve enjoyed their books. These days, thanks to social media we can actually do this.
After some initial self-doubt about continuing book blogging, I carried on and really do enjoy writing reviews for books I’ve loved. Books that have been a pleasure to read. It’s the least I can do. I don’t particularly want to be friends with authors or keep in contact, but some of my friends are authors that I’ve met through reading their books.
There are other reasons why I don’t review books I haven’t enjoyed. I don’t believe it’s fair to pick holes in someone’s written work just for the sake of it. I’ve read sanctimonious posts on social media platforms from those who believe that they are more respected as book reviewers because they critique a book in this manner. Listing all the faults they believe are in the books in question and giving them a low rating. Why? Why would anyone want to be cruel to a writer who will probably have spent many months or even years writing the book in question. Books that others have enjoyed or might enjoy in the future. Just because they have the misguided view that it’s expected of them. It isn’t.
It really is all just a matter of taste. We can’t possibly all like the same books. It’s impossible. I read a colossal amount of books. I don’t enjoy reading all of them.
I’ve agreed for this blog to be a stop on blog tours, then read ARC copy of the book I’ve been sent but haven’t enjoyed reading it so do something else other than a review on my spot. Blog organisers on the whole are very understanding about this. I haven’t come across one who would expect a glowing review for a book not enjoyed by me (or anyone else for that matter)
I may add to this post and correct some grammatical issues 😀
Addendum: The above is my viewpoint for my blog. Agree, don’t agree. I’m not bothered. Book Bloggers should do whatever they feel most comfortable with on their own blogs and leave anyone who has different opinions and/or method of blogging to do the same.