I’ve been pondering book reviews lately and noticed that I never write bad book reviews. I then thought about why that is. The reason none of my reviews are ever bad, is simply because if I do not enjoy a book, I don’t finish it. This could be for various reasons, the main ones being that I simply can’t get into the book, the main character bothers me, there is sexual violence, or there is other content that I simply do not wish to read about.
When it comes to books, I really have to enjoy it to finish it. There are too many amazing books out there for me to waste my time on something I don’t enjoy. That being said, those books that I don’t enjoy, might be favorites to someone else. In the end, I don’t want to judge books by whether I think they are good or not. Who am I to really decide that? Even if I hated a book and didn’t end up finishing it, someone else might love it, and I know that the author most likely put a lot of work into it.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying no one should give bad and honest reviews. I’ve found bad reviews very helpful. Its only that for me, personally, I never really have to because I just don’t finish books I don’t enjoy. I also fully expect to receive some terrible reviews when I eventually publish my books. I’m definitely okay with that!
Do you finish books you don’t enjoy? Do you leave bad reviews?