Monday, May 24, 2010
To review or not to review
I seldom do book reviews. Let me tell you why. Even though I LOVE to read and am picky about the books I spend time with, I can't bring myself to come out and tell the world how awful a book is.
I would love to be able to be honest about the books that I think are either too boring, too slow, uninteresting or just plain a waste of time, but I know how hard it is to write a book, let alone get it published. Who am I to rip someone apart?
I certainly don't want people to do that to me, although I know some will. I don't think there really is a way to prepare yourself for that first bad review. I'm sure I'll cry and drown my sorrow in a depressing movie and a box of chocolates.
So, I just can't make myself be someone who does that, especially when so many of the books I read now are written by authors and friends I actually know and love.
If I REALLY like a book, I have no problem giving it a shout out either on my blog or on facebook but I will not be the one to rake it over the coals. What is your take on this? Do you find it easy to be brutally honest? Are you gentle when giving a review? Or are you like me? A big, fat, empathetic chicken!