Low Ratings

King Quote

Yesterday, my first book review at The Reading Bud was posted. You can read it here. As I was given the book for an honest review I wanted the book to be good. I wanted to enjoy every second I had it in my hands. But things didn’t go “according to plan” (Tell me what movie that quote is from and I will give you a cookie.)

You can read the review and see where I had issues with the book, though the biggest was probably the first thing mentioned. It reminded me of another series that I am currently reading and in love with called the Dresden Files. You can read my review of the first book of that series here.

There were a lot of issues with the book, but I had to be honest. The point of a review is to help a reader decide if they want to try and read the book or if they will save their money for another book. I debated on ignoring everything that bothered me about the novel and write a review with a little higher rating, but it wouldn’t be honest. So I sucked it up and wrote it the way I needed to.

Of course, the fact that I was writing a low rating review for this book made me step back and think, what makes a good review? Most of the books I have reviewed on my blog have been books that I enjoyed. Though, this year I plan on writing a review for every book I read, unless it’s the next novel in a series. I honestly feel like it’s a waste of time to keep reviewing every book in a series. When it comes to a series, I will review the first book and the last. In the last I will sum up the entire series. It works for me.

Sorry…I got sidetracked.

There has been one book that I put to the side because I just could not finish it. I didn’t write a review on it and I didn’t even tell anyone about it. Of course, as a reader I feel like I have betrayed some kind of code allowing all of my friends to stumble across this book on their own and falling into it’s trap. But I had nothing nice at all to say about the book and I don’t want to come across and mean.

At least I didn’t. Now that I am working with The Reading Bud I feel the need to finish a book, no matter how much I dislike it. Though, I wasn’t expecting my first book to have a low rating. I started reading articles on what made a good book review, what I should be looking at. I was trying to find some way around giving a low rating, but it all boiled down to a rating of 2.5 stars. And I am okay with that now.

After reading all the articles on how to write a good review I realized something, I already knew how to write a review. I have proof of that in my blog posts. I just had to be honest with myself and everyone else that may read my review.

I wanted to pass along a little tip for other reviewers out there. If you don’t like the book, don’t hide your thoughts. I want to know why you didn’t like a book. We have to stick together and keep one another from wasting time on a horrible book instead of the next great.

A side note, it looks like my next review for The Reading Bud is going to be another low rating. I am going to get a reputation of a book snob. Like one of those people that reviews food for the magazines. They are going to see my name and groan, knowing I am going to throw a low rating at them, because I am hard to please. I don’t want to be that person! Or do I…


10 thoughts on “Low Ratings

  1. Galit Balli says:

    Low rating happens hun, don’t worry about it.
    My first book was great but my second I haven’t even finished it (and that’s a lot for me,lol) my third is not so well as well 😦 but my fourth is doing great so far 😀
    So don’t stress hun, just read (If you can) and say your honest opinion on it ❤
    There are always people who will like and don't like the same book 🙂

  2. Sissy says:

    Loving the corpse bride reference Cx It made my heart all smiley. And anyway, I’d personally rather read an honest review than one that gets me all pumped up for a book that’s shit.

    • Heather M. says:

      HAHA!! So glad someone got the reference. Have a virtual cookie. lol And I agree about an honest review. Though, sometimes I will read a book with bad reviews just to see how bad it really is.

  3. Heena Rathore P. says:

    I can understand how you feel! As a reviewer I can say that you did the right thing. I’ve reviewed all sorts of books and honestly, that’s part and parcel of being a reviewer… Please don’t feel obliged to read every book you pick. You can always DNF it. 🙂

    • Heather M. says:

      I wish I could do that. But I can’t start a book and not finish it. I have only done that with two books. One because I wanted to throw the book across the room. The other because it took so long to read it I forgot what was going on. I try to set them down and not read them, but curiosity gets the best of me. And, I’m always hoping for something amazing to happen to make up for all the time wasted on the book. lol

      • Heena Rathore P. says:

        Hahah! I had the same thing going on for me last year… but trust me if you’ll read as many books as I do in a month (around 15) then you’ll start to look at it objectively… lol!
        But most of the time curiosity gets the better of me as well 😉

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