The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to their own blog.
Do you post negative reviews? Do you promote those reviews if you post?
(submitted by Heather @ MM Romance Reviewed)
I don’t post negative reviews by choice.
If I don’t like a book, I often choose to DNF it rather than finish it because if I finish it, I feel like I have to write a review or I’m not being honest and genuine. But, when I have agreed to a blog tour stop, there is no DNFing. I have to post the review on my site whether or not it’s a positive review.
When that happens – I try to keep the general tone of the review neutral. I also try very hard to be constructive and not mean. I can usually find good things to say about the book and I lead with those elements, then I briefly explain why the book was not for me.
I choose to do it this way because it’s true to who I am and also because we all know how subjective our reading experiences are. It’s recently come up for me where another blogger had a completely different opinion about a book than I did – so different it was like we didn’t even read the same book. Things like that reaffirm that subjectivity like nothing else can. So, writing a purely negative review on any book just doesn’t work for me.