Thursday, January 3, 2013

This, That or Thought Thursday (10)

Hey again,

Welcome to This, That, or Thought Thursdays hosted by yours truly! Feel free to join in the fun by posting your thoughts about the topic on your blog and leaving a link in the comments or as always feel free to leave a comment with your thoughts.

January is all about reviews. Please be sure to check out the upcoming topics and feel free to participate as well! You can see them all here!

This Week’s Question: Negative Reviews: To post or not to post? That is the question!

My Answer: This seems to be a controversial topic! Anyone and everyone seems to have an opinion on this one! But, of course, since this is my post I should talk about my thoughts on them! 

I believe in posting reviews and my thoughts on books whether they be positive or negative. My thing is I think people have as much of a right to know if I didn't like a book as they do to know I did. I think by only posting positive reviews you are doing your readers a disservice. Readers need to know what books you liked and didn't liked in order to get a better idea of how your tastes compare to theirs. 

However, I think I should point out that I have never given a book 1 star. The reason for this is that I think all books (even ones that I have hated) have some good in them. Writers spend an incredible amount of time writing and editing their books and in my opinion it's insensitive to give all of their hard work only one star! Just because I didn't like a book doesn't mean that there isn't ANYTHING good about it. I'm a not the final authority on books. A book I hate may be one that you love and who am I to tell you that your opinion is wrong? I'm a firm believer that there are some good qualities in every book or at the very least every book I've read. One day that opinion may change but for now that's what I'm sticking to!

What do you think? What are your thoughts on negative reviews? Do you post them or not?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ashley, Great Post! It's obvious you are very sensitive to writers and the work by which books are made. Like you, we too believe in being honest with reviews. When we started in the writing world, we were flooded with books from Networking friends who asked us to read their books.When we would go on the site, we would see five star reviews written by other friends. And though most were brilliant, there were a few, that we didn't feel met a five star criteria. It's important to be honest. However, like you, we believe too, that there are no bad books. And what might not appeal to you, might be anothers dream book.

    Really enjoyed this post and look forward to your next!


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