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…