READy to Talk is a new discussion meme that will come up few and far between, just when I have something bookish on my mind. Something that I want to get y'alls opinion on!
Last few times I wrote a READy to Talk post they were more focused on just readers featuring things like being the Black Sheep or Chapter Reveals, Spoilers, or Excerpts. But today's is mainly focused on reviewers. Today I'm talking about reviewing the books you love versus reviewing the books you don't care for. This topic came up because a fellow blogger Andi from Andi ABC's brought up on her Twitter the other day. I'd never thought about it until then, but once I did, I realized I was the opposite of most everyone out there.
Here's what Andi said on Twitter:
I almost replied "IKR" but then I thought about it. I'm the opposite. I find it harder to write about things I DIDN'T like versus things I did like.
I write so much about those I DID like because I want people to know all the things about the book. Anything that can help show people that I loved this book and they will too. I want to write about EVERYTHING in it that I loved and convince people that even if they don't like the genre or author or whatever, they may still like this one. But on the other hand I've heard that others don't want to appear rambly... That's what I like about it haha I like to go on and on about things I love. I need people to understand my crazy over a book. In my family, I only share reading YA with my mom, so sharing with you all is where I can talk about all the things all the time. [Example of a review of a book I loved: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine.)
On the other hand, I find it so hard to write a review about a book I didn't like. Reason being, I DNF alot. Like ALOT, ALOT. lol I don't like to write about things I don't really know, but at the same time I still want the world to know exactly why it didn't work for me in the small part that I DID. Also I always put at the end that "just because it didn't work for me, it might for someone else" so I don't completely deter them from reading. But in the case that I only like it a little bit (2 stars), I find it hard to write about it too. I just don't care to keep talking about it. Plus, I don't want to write something that can offend anyone. (I'm 100% pro freedom of speech, but I get anxious over confrontation.) So, I end up just writing a little bit to get something down and then letting it go. [Example of one of my DNF reviews: A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis)
(Admission: Some of my earlier reviews may reflect something different than what I've written here, but at that time, ALL my reviews were short so I'm not sure that counts lol)
So, what about you?
Do you find it harder to write about books that you love or books you dislike?
Why is that?
Let me know in the comments!