I saw a conversation on Twitter a few months ago about whether book bloggers should share their negative reviews for books, so I felt like I should share my view on this.
Since I started blogging back in 2014 on Tumblr, I’ve been honest in my reviews. Back then, I didn’t review every single book I read, but in the reviews I did post I was always completely truthful about how I felt about the book, which included talking about the parts I didn’t completely like.
I’ve only recently started reviewing every book I read – it’s probably been around a year now since I started doing it on my old blog, and I have always done it on this blog. To me, it just seems like something I should be doing as a book blogger. I’ve always felt like every book needs reviewing just so I can get my thoughts out there.
Reviewing helps me gather my thoughts on a book and have closure after the novel is finished. So it is something I love doing and will probably always do.
The problem with reviewing every single book I read is that I will post negative reviews. And I know that a lot of people are against it.
I understand that my negative reviews may change a person’s mind on whether they are going to buy that book or not, but when people comment and say ‘I don’t think I’ll get this now if you didn’t like it’ I will always tell them to try it anyway. My taste isn’t the same as everyone else’s tastes – I really dislike some really popular books! I don’t want people to say they won’t buy the books just because I don’t like them. Reviews are an opinion, not a fact.
There are also some books that are really problematic and I need to air that, and if that is in the form of a negative review, so be it. I really didn’t like the message in The Hate U Give where the main character fights hate with hate. So I aired my opinion. Once again, this is only my opinion and not something to be taken as fact.
I was terrified to post this review because I was worried that with the book being so popular, I would get a lot of hate for this opinion. But I never did, which I suppose shows that we are all entitled to our opinions. I respect that some people loved this novel, but it wasn’t for me and that was my opinion.
It’s important to be honest. If I am going to review every book I read, I’m not going to give every single one a five star review. It’s almost impossible to find that five star book that is perfect for you, and for me it’s important that I write about my journey.
My one star may be your five. Once again, it’s all about opinion.
Overall, I do think we should post negative reviews. To me, it helps me air my thoughts and gives me closure to the books as well as starting discussions with other bookish people on their thoughts on the book. We shouldn’t stay quiet just because we aren’t 100% on board with a book.
Do you post negative reviews? Or do you avoid them? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.