I have really struggled over the last few days as to whether or not to write a review of a book I just finished. The book was painful to read as the protagonist was completely selfish and woeful.
I knew that I had to rate the book because I hate it when I read something that has an average rating of 4 stars and I find it to be poorly written and painful to read.
The big issue was whether or not to elaborate and if so, in what tone and how much detail. I received the book as an advanced copy and it is a debut novel for the author. I don’t want to hurt her feelings.
In the end, I decided that I want this blog to be representative of how I used to talk to my colleagues and friends about what I was reading. This is why my bad review is a bit of a rant. I used to storm into work and let my friends hear a tirade about the terrible book I was reading or had just finished. In the same vein, I would often skip into work and thrust a book at them with “You really have to read this book! This week so we can talk about it next week”. I have also been known to send an sms or email in the middle of the night with a ‘you must read this now’ recommendations.
How do you handle reviewing books you don’t like?
Please give me your tips and ideas!
Happy reading 🙂