This post will somewhat be a cathartic experience for me. I don’t particularly enjoy giving a book a low rating. Whether it is DNF (did not finish) or 1 to 2 stars. But it got me thinking, what constitutes a low rating? What went wrong in the story that led me to give it such a score? This doesn’t really happen to me all the time, thankfully, but when it does I don’t feel good about it.
As a book blogger I have to be honest. Or else my readers will not trust my judgement. I don’t really want that to happen, so not every book I read is stellar. But whether I post low rated titles on my blog is another thing altogether. A lot of bloggers out there refuse to put negative reviews on their blogs. I, myself, don’t put books that I’ve rated less than 3 stars on my blog. As a reader, would you want to see less than 3 star reviews on a blog? Goodreads is typically where I would post it.
The more I think about it the more it makes me want to change my policy. Negativity aside, I really think it’s my job to post all reviews on my website. There are tasteful ways to do a negative review. I’ve seen so many snide and cruel remarks on Goodreads that don’t really lend to constructive criticism in any way. Some go as far as belittling the author. It’s horrible, but I’m sure you’ve seen it.
There are those that see a negative review and buy the book anyway. Reading is all about people’s tastes. I’ve read some negative reviews about a book, that I, in turn actually loved! So, why should I limit what goes on my blog? The book I disliked might be your next favorite read.
The book that spurned this article was Wrong Number, Right Guy by Elle Casey. It was actually the audiobook version, but I doubt that reading it would have changed my opinion on the matter. I will end up giving it less than 3 stars, unfortunately, but all with good reasons.
I will not write off the author indefinitely all because of one book. I’ve heard her other series was good.
The fun part about being a book blogger is the experimentation. It’s all about getting a feel for an authors’ writing style and whether it is a good fit or not.
To be honest, it’s kind of rare for me to give a book a low rating. I usually like most of the books I read. However, are my tastes evolving too? Probably. I’ve actually noticed that I’ve become a little more critical in some of the books that I read. Never in a snide way of course. 🙂
So, ultimately you will be seeing all kinds of ratings on this blog. It’s just something that I feel I must do to be a fully rounded blog.
Do you have any policies on ratings?