I’ve had this post sitting part finished in my drafts since before Christmas but felt after recent debates on Twitter, I wanted to chip in with my thoughts. It’s a debate/discussion I’ve seen around for quite a while and I must admit, it’s becoming quite heated. Many book bloggers are arguing that a reviewer with no negative reviews cannot be trusted as they will give good reviews to everything. Here’s why this isn’t always the case.
When I started my blog I wanted a platform to write and for my writing to be read. It was something that I enjoyed doing and it was my happy place and below are the reasons you won’t find a negative review on my blog:
When selecting books to read and review, my intuition is strong. Rarely will I select a book that I’d give below 3 stars to. However, I am fully aware that I have personal reading preferences which heavily influence my opinion. Is it fair I inflict a poor review onto an author because of my own preferences? To me, that seems unfair – even if my review is of little significance. Art is interpretive and objective. Art is not meant to always invoke a positive reaction in people. Literature is the same. Some books will push people further than they want to be pushed, some will not appeal, some will shock but not every book will give us all the warm fuzzies or the almighty twist that excites.
My blog is my happy place. I’m not saying everything I write about is happy but if it’s not then I am discussing my own feelings and experiences with life. Reading is my passion and I don’t want to turn it into something negative. I’ve never claimed to love every book I read, but I will only use my limited time to write a blog post about the ones I want to spread the love for. I don’t want to spread negative thoughts via my blog – people can decide for themselves.
Just because I don’t blog negative reviews it doesn’t mean I’m unwilling to give one where due. I might not spend my time writing a complete blog post about a book that didn’t hit the spot but I’m more than happy to add a review with constructive reasons for my dislike on Amazon, Goodreads or NetGalley.
Alternatively, if you do blog negative reviews then I have no issue with that. There is a place for them, it’s just personal to me that I choose not to have them on my blog.
Whatever, however you blog your reviews – it’s your blog. But, please be respectful that this holds for other bloggers. Just be kind guys!