I am pretty notoriously known for being a harsh reviewer . . . and sometimes I wonder whether they put people off the books I’m reviewing.
I don’t mean them to.
I have a lot of strong opinions when it comes to books — so especially when it comes to a book I don’t like for whatever reason, I can find myself writing quite negative reviews. I never, ever mean for them to put people off. It’s more of a way of sharing my reviews with like-minded people . . . or sometimes, maybe I need to vent when it comes to certain things.
In saying that I do try to say something positive about every book I review. But I do have to ask myself . . . Am I putting people off by reading? Because a lot of people read reviews to gauge an idea of whether they should read the book, right?
A fun fact about me: negative reviews don’t ever stop me from reading a book.
Sure, they might help me to lower my expectations (which under some circumstances could be a good thing!) but even if I am constantly reading one-star or two-star reviews for a book that I am interested in reading, I’ll still read it. Here’s why:
- I haven’t seen a reviewer in which I am perfectly in sync with their reviews. I might agree with most of them, but there WILL be that one book that they’ll like, and I won’t — or vice versa. So I have to ask myself: what if I miss out on a potentially amazing book because of their review?
- I like to read ALL sorts of books. the good, the bad, the meh. They help me pinpoint certain elements of books that I like / dislike, and in a way, I think this is beneficial to my own writing.
- I get curious. If there’s a book in which I’ve seen many negative reviews about, I just need to know what I’ll think of it.
- It is impossible to read every single review of a book. So really, the negative — or positive — reviews of a book that I read are only a small slice of people’s opinions. How can I make a fair judgement on reading a book when I haven’t read every single for and against argument?