This may come off as a bit of a rant rather than me seeking an answer. I write reviews for those who this maybe a first time reading a post of mine. More specifically I write book reviews. I review books I own, borrow, won and even books that are requested of me. I get books from the library, stores, NetGalley and from authors (in ebook and physical formatting). Books are what I review, I solely review books of all genres. Why? Because I love reading, I really do.
So what’s the cause of this post? I was asked to remove a review because it was not so positive in ratings I cross post my reviews. So the rating you see here will be the rating you see elsewhere. Evidently, it’s not customary for a negative review to be posted. According to said author. Now I can’t speak for other book reviewers, I’m not them. I am me and that’s it. I don’t have any guidelines for my reviews. But if an author asks for me to review their work, that is what I do. If the author took the time to view my site and ask me to review their work they can easily see that I post reviews no matter what I’ve rated them. I have books rated from one star to five stars, in fact, I even have a book that I left unrated.
Here’s MY theory.
I took time to read the book. I took time out of my life to read the book. I took time to weigh the pros and cons of the book. I took time to write a review. It all boils down to I took TIME for it.
I get that a bad review may not be great to have up for a book. I completely understand what it feels like to put forth so much effort and then someone, whether it be one person or a hundred people tell you it’s not good work. I get it. I do. But I think it comes with the territory as well. I do try to point out the positives of a book along with the negatives.
I know that not all book reviewers post a review if it falls under a certain rating. I am not them though. I share all my reviews if it’s one star or five stars. All book reviews are different with their rating systems, their posting system, and the reviews formatting. As I said before I can only speak for me.
My review shall stand as it is.