I like to read books. Who here saw that coming?
I try to only read books that I know I’m going to like, or heavily suspect that I might like. I don’t like giving books bad reviews–heck, I don’t like giving mediocre reviews. I prefer those glowing “OMG this book was rad” reviews that other readers totally ignore.
It’s why I’m usually hesitant read random books from people I know. I don’t want to hurt their feelings with a lousy review.
When I do read a crummy book, I only review it on Goodreads. Goodreads is kind of like Facebook for books, and doesn’t affect sales ranks the way Amazon reviews do. And it’s been a while since I really ripped into a book, anyway. The lowest rating I’ve given in the last six months has been 3 stars. That’s a “It was okay” rating.
But that still leaves the sticky question–what to do about a peer’s book that I felt had issues, but it’s too late to fix them?
Refuse to leave a review at all? Notify the author that I had issues? Leave a dishonest review?
I have to keep reminding myself that reviews are for other readers, not the author. Any time I’ve left scorchingly honest reviews, those reviews get up-ranked by people on Amazon. Much to my chagrin.
What do you think? Only review when you love something, or be honest? And if honest, do you confine your honesty to Goodreads?