When I Leave A Review
I consider myself not only a writer but also an avid reader, although as of late I do not have as much time to read as I once did. Regardless, I still manage about about 2 books a month or so depending on the length of the book. However, I rarely leave book reviews anywhere. When I do leave a review it is only for a book that I loved, not just liked, and I never leave a bad review. That is actually one of the reasons I rarely accept requests to review books on my blog. When I do post a review on my blog it is almost always for a book I discovered myself, purchased, read and loved.
Now, some of you may say that is silly and wonder why I don't leave bad reviews. Well there are 2 main reasons. The first is simple, just because I didn't like a book doesn't mean someone else will not and I'd rather not influence their decision and not have them buy a book that they may love. For example my husband used to love Tom Clancy books. He had them all in hardcover version. I tried one several years ago and thought it was the worst thing I had ever read. Obviously, enough people love his work considering his success. Therefore rather then right a bad review I would rather just not ever buy something from that author again.
My second reason is because I do not want to hurt anyone feelings. I know authors should not take negative reviews personally, but I know I have a hard time with that so I assume other authors do as well. According to my husband, my habit of leaving only reviews for books I loved and no review for books I disliked makes me a bad reviewer. Maybe it does, but I need to do what I am comfortable with.
What about all of you. Do you always leave a review regardless of whether you enjoyed a book or not? I would love to know.
Coming Soon Part 3 How Important Are Reviews When You Purchase A Book?