Hi everyone! Welcome to the first EVER discussion post on Lekeisha The Booknerd. I’m sure someone has already discussed this in the past, but I am bringing it up again. A lot of things have been irking me lately around the book blogosphere; specifically, REVIEWING & RATING books. Now, I’m not trying to throw anyone under the bus. I just want to understand how you guys go about RATING a book with heavy subject matter. Are you afraid of being the one to hate the book, because everyone else loves it?
Whether it’s sex, drugs, shootings, mental illness…. Does any of these influence your ratings? Or more importantly, your opinions?
Do you feel the need to say that a book was great, just because it involves something so tragic? It’s okay to not like something that’s so heavily guarded. Sure, not everyone will love the same book. Lately, though, I’ve been reading lots of reviews of books with controversial topics, and the reviewers have been giving CONS like you wouldn’t believe, but then turn around and 5 STAR the book.
And then there are those books that are so freaking TABOO, that readers aren’t even getting the message. They only see that taboo subject and judge the WHOLE book based on it. State your pros & cons and give a proper rating. No one wants to bash a book, but you are making it hard for readers like me to trust your opinion if you insist on saying that book is “AMAZING”, when you actually felt the opposite. No one wants to admit this. Heck, I’ve done it back in 2012 on Goodreads. I didn’t want to hurt the author’s feelings, but the book wasn’t all that. It wasn’t a bad read either. I’m saying that I’d rather have an honest negative, than a dishonest positive. I’m sure other readers and PUBLISHERS want the same thing. I said that to say this………….
I could be wrong, but enlighten me. I see bloggers fearing to give negative reviews because they’re scared the ARCs will stop coming their way. Wait, what? YUP, I see posts on social media all the time.
Are you truly, 100% sure that you are giving your HONEST opinion? Don’t you want to be known as the reviewer, whose opinion readers value?
This post is not for bashing. It is just a simple question, that doesn’t require hateful answers. Have you embellished your reviews in the past? Do you know someone who has? Are you afraid to be the black sheep? Guess what? WE, meaning readers – authors – publishers, WANT YOUR HONEST OPINION!!