Confession: I like reading snarky negative book reviews especially when it’s laced with humour. However, I don’t like writing negative book reviews.
When we started our blog, we were only going to review books we liked and would recommend, but my good friend advised that it would be better to give our honest opinions about any books we read. Besides, we also started getting review requests so we could no longer escape writing negative book reviews.
The easiest negative book reviews to write are “this book was a waste of my time” or “don’t bother with this book, it’s boring…” Yet, these don’t tell the reader or author much. So, whilst it works for some, it doesn’t work for me. I think if you are going to leave a negative book review, then it’s worth stating what you don’t like about the book, even if it’s only a couple of sentences. It’s also helpful to point out what, if anything, worked in the book.
We are aware of how much effort some authors put into writing their books. But we don’t think that should deter us from giving our honest opinions on the books we’ve read. In the end, we hope members of our community and indeed, the authors find our opinions useful.
Do you write negative book reviews? How do you feel about writing them? Let’s talk in the comments section.