It is your choice to be negative in your reviews

I don’t normally respond to negativity I find on Facebook or the internet as part of the blog.  My integrity is more important than saying I agree or disagree with drama that I see on blogs, Facebook, Twitter… I just don’t care. I do my own thing and live my own life. With that, I run my own blog and I do it the way I want to.

So for those of you who are thinking I am doing a disservice to the community because I don’t post negative reviews on my blog, let me tell you a couple of things about me and my blog.

  • The only ARC’s I accept are from authors who know me very well and for blog tours that I choose to be a part of.
  • If an author requests that I read and review his/her book, if the book is available on Amazon, I buy it.
  • I don’t post negative reviews. If I liked a book, I will tell you I liked a book. If I didn’t I am not saying anything about it on my blog.

Does this make me a bad blogger? I don’t think so. I just believe with all the negativity in the world, I don’t need to add to it. I would rather show the good in the authors that I have read than to pick them apart in a negative way. Does this mean I have never read a bad book? NOT. AT. ALL. I just read one last week and I commented on my personal Facebook page that I loved the author but the book I was reading was very hard to get through (and no, I didn’t mention who the author was or what the book title was there either). Did you all see that at The Boyfriend Bookmark?

Nope.

I didn’t like the book so I am not going to tell you all how amazing it is but I am also not going to tell you how awful the book was either. That is a judgment call, my judgment call. Just because I didn’t like the book doesn’t mean you aren’t going to love it. I want to support authors not hurt them. My goal isn’t to read and review every book that comes across my desk.

My goal is to read the books I want to read and review them the way I want to review them. I know not everyone is going to agree on that, but it was engrained into me at a young age if I didn’t have anything nice to say, then not to say anything at all. My goal isn’t to tear down authors; it is to build them up. If I write something that makes an author smile, warms their heart or causes them to pause, then I have done exactly what I have wanted to do.

This blog is about supporting authors and their work. If I don’t like a book, I do not post a review on my blog for that book. I am not going to tell you all how much I hate a book and would rather poke my eye out with a sharp stick than to recommend a book to you. I won’t do it. You have the right to your opinion the same as I have the right to mine. We don’t have to agree on everything we read and we don’t have to all LOVE the exact same books. But I am not going to tell you that I loved a book that I truly had no interest in. I would just rather not post about it.

Is this a disservice to authors? I don’t think so. If I am not posting about their books it’s really no service to them.  And because I pay for the majority of the books I review I don’t care what other blogs think or say this does to them. If they feel it gives them a bad reputation that is their worry not mine. Because I am not getting my books for free and I am not requesting ARCs for everything I read, I just don’t care what other blogs think of me or my blog. I am not running my blog to please them. I am running my blog because it makes me happy and I love to read.

The goal of my blog is to support authors.  You don’t have to agree with my reviews, you don’t even have to like them. You can think that I am blowing smoke up some author’s ass, but I’m not really an ass girl. I would just rather stay positive. It makes the day to day less angry and I am not bitter or resentful to anyone. But I am not going to make it a point to write a bad review just to appease other blogs or authors.

3 responses to “It is your choice to be negative in your reviews

  1. Great post!!! I think along the same lines…if I don’t have anything nice to say about a book I’ve read, or couldn’t finish, I do not leave any kind of review. In my opinion if I have nothing nice to say then I will just not say anything. Thanks for sharing your opinion, I’m glad I’m not alone in my thinking!

  2. Good for you. I think that everyone has their own taste in books. What some people like, others will not and vice versa. To post a negative review can be really hard on the author, who probably put so much of themselves in the book, which is not to say that they won’t see other bad reviews. But so much is a person’s opinion and with your blog you wield the power to influence what people will read. I think it’s great that you don’t want to put out any negativity because you’re right in saying there is so much of it in the world. My suggestion is that people can look at amazon reviews or goodreads if they want to read any negative reviews. While I read this blog and check out most of the books your suggest, I do check out their summaries on Amazon and Goodreads and make a judgement call on whether I want to read it or not. I haven’t always agreed with all your reviews but that’s just my opinion and it does not discredit what you think of it or how you felt about it. Thank you for your honesty and all the hard work you put into this site. I have enjoyed and appreciated all of the reviews, giveaways, posts, etc. Keep up the great work!

  3. robin the book nerd

    🙂 Love this post!

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