The problem with being a book blogger is this insistent nagging that tells me I have to review every single book I read.
I contemplated over this for a while feeling overwhelmed at first because of my ever growing TBR, my tendency to DNF a few books, and also there were some books that left me feeling nothing. Now I’m a person who likes to keep things organized and have a neat theme for my blog, so in my opinion, I don’t think lowly rated books contribute much to my blog’s statistics.
It was a simple question: Why talk about a book I didn’t enjoy? What was the purpose for it?
Books I review for my blog are often rated with four or five stars on Goodreads. I, personally, don’t have a rating system for my blog so it’s more of a question of “Do I want others to read and hopefully love this book?”
I don’t often choose to write blog posts on one to two starred reviews because my blog is mainly for promotion of books I enjoyed. Unless I find the book truly problematic and believe people need to be aware of it, then I review it.
So what do I do with my one star reviews, then?
I still write them. If the book was sent to me for review then I owe it to the publisher to be honest in my opinions. While I don’t post the reviews on my blog, I do make sure to leave them on Amazon and Goodreads. It does make me feel a bit bad but as a reviewer I had to distance myself from subjective feelings of guilt.
Think of it this way: an honest feedback, even a bad one, helps an author better their craft. When you plant a red flag in certain aspects of their story, authors can then guide themselves through the plot holes or flaws and hopefully, improve it in their upcoming books.
What I don’t do though is to get in touch with the author for a lowly rated book. If it’s a NetGalley review copy, I send in my review and ratings, post it on Goodreads and Amazon.
Then I leave it at that.
Whether you choose to write the review or simply rate it is your choice. Unless you made a blood promise, I don’t think that as a book blogger you should force yourself to review every book that falls on your doorstep.
Do you review every book you read on your blog?
How do you choose to review said book or not?