As a blogger, I get asked to review books quite a lot from authors and publishers. I enjoy doing it most of the time, but every once in a blue moon I come across a book I really don’t like. What then?
I don’t always believe in writing negative reviews just because you couldn’t get into a book. Sometimes I think a book is totally wrong for me, and I don’t know it until I get it. Just because it’s not my bag doesn’t mean it won’t be a good read for someone else. The problem, of course, is how to proceed. Do you just post a bad review? No review?
Since I get books from authors I know personally, this can become difficult. I like to remain positive, and therefore recommend books to you guys that I sincerely love. If I don’t love it, I’m not going to recommend it. So when I get a book I don’t dig, I usually tell the author I just couldn’t get into it. I know, can you imagine someone telling you that? My opinion is that it’s better to do that than just post a negative review that won’t help readers.
That’s what I do if I can’t get into the book. If I do read it, give it a chance, and it just never gets any better? And I read it right to the end? I do post a negative review. I try and make it as nice as possible (because again it’s all a measure of taste) but I will tell readers why I didn’t like it. I usually leave reviews like this for the major book sites like Amazon and Barnes and Noble. If I list a book here, I want it to be one that I loved and feel very comfortable recommending it to you.
What’s your take? What do you do when you’re asked to review a book you just absolutely hate?