Breakfast with the Bookie is a “regular feature here at Badass Bookie taking place every Wednesday ( except for last week when Wednesday clashed with Debut of the Month!) . It’s a discussion that you can read along with your morning cup of coffee! Bloggers Unite!
This Week's Topic - Reviewers: Do You Write Bad Review?
Simple question right? When you read a book do you write honest reviews? If you hate a book would you write that you hate it? Or would you force down the distaste and write that you loved it anyway? Would you worry about offending authors and publishers? Honestly, how honest are you with your reviews?
Me? I think I'm pretty honest. I review for Australian publishers and while I like to write good reviews for their books, I would prefer to state my honest opinions about the novel. When a publisher asks you to review for them, they want your honest opinion, people have different tastes and different preferences and they understand. A novel can't be good enough to make everyone happy ( unless it's Harry Potter, everyone loves Harry he's totally awesome).
How do I avoid writing Negative Reviews?
1) Request books that I would actually ( very likely) enjoy - I'm careful with what I request from publishers, I read reviews, the blurb, take note of other work by the author and then decide whether it's the book for me. I would much rather request a book I know I will enjoy than one that's getting lots of hype but is something I would never really pick up.
2) Awfully Bad Book? No Review! - It's sorta cheating but I don't have to review every book I read, no requirement there either. I most definitely review every book I request from publishers but unsolicited copies and my own copies go by a different stories. Publishers are actually great judges on what I like to read and what I don't. I barely ever get an unsolicited that doesn't appeal to me. However if I really hated a book ( only one book that comes to mind and it has been reviewed on the blog) usually I just don't review it. That way I don't have to feel and about giving it a negative review and people can decide for themselves whether they want to read it without me swaying them either way.
3) Talk about the good things and less about the bad things - I sometimes make a pros and cons list before I review (mentally). If you ever read one of my awfully long reviews you'll see that I talk mainly about plot, characterisation, writing and romance. If I read a book with a great plot but poor romance, I'll talk more about the plot then. That way I can compromise, I don't have to write an really awful review but it's not lying either!
How do you deal with awful reviews? More importantly, how do you write the reviews?
Badass Bookie xx