Monday, December 10, 2012
Discussion: Why I Write More Positive Reviews Than Negative
If you've followed my blog for a while, you've probably noticed that my reviews are more on the positive side. Sure, I've written some negative reviews and I always make a point to mention the things I don't like about books but in the end, most of my ratings are 4 or 5 stars. I don't think I have ever given a book 1 star and I'm pretty sure I only have one 2 star review.
I've gotten comments before saying I'm too nice with my reviews and ratings. I've gotten comments asking how I could possibly like almost every book I read. The answer: I read books I'm pretty certain I'll like. I'm not a negative person. I hate writing negative reviews but I'm not willing to just leave all negativity off my blog. If I don't like a book, I will tell you that. However, if I think I won't like a book, I won't read it. Why put myself through that if I'm almost certain I will hate the book?
The books I read and review on my blog are books that I think I'll like for many reasons. First, I check out the author. If it's an author I've loved in the past, it's a pretty safe bet that I will like their new book. If it's a debut author I do have to do a little more digging and I try to look at other blogger's reviews before I decide whether or not I want to read it. Second, I look at the genre. If it's a contemporary book, I'll read it. That's the one genre where I'm not really picky. I love contemporary and since I love the genre so much, I usually love or at least like the books I read. Paranormal books, on the other hand, are really hard for me to like so the story has to be really interesting for me to check it out. The process is the same for pretty much all other genres. I look at reviews, the author's previous books, the story, etc. before I decide whether or not I should read the book.
This may seem like a lot of work just to decide what books to read but I'm picky. I can't not finish a book. A lot of bloggers DNF books and I wish I could do that but I just can't. I always keep reading just in case there is something that redeems the book for me. If I'm not liking a book it makes it really hard for me to keep reading and I spend a lot more time reading that book than I normally would. It wastes my time. I have too many books to read to spend a ton of time on books that I don't like so I avoid the ones I'm pretty certain I won't enjoy. There are a few cases where some bad books slipped past my system but it's rare.
I know readers like to see a mix of positive and negative reviews but you may have to look elsewhere. My blog is mainly full of 4 and 5 star reviews and I have no problem with that. I read what I like and I like what I read.
What about you? Do you read books even if you're pretty sure you'll hate them? Do you have a system for avoiding books you won't like? Is your blog more positive or negative reviews (or maybe even in the middle?)