Thursday, March 8, 2018

4 More Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of


I've been feeling a bit rant-ish recently. When looking over an old post of mine, 10 Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of, I realized that there are a few more things that have been recently bothering me. 

So care to join me on a little discussion about four things that I just cannot wrap my head around?

If so, let's dive in!

4 More Things In The Book World That I Am Tired Of


Judging Other Readers For What They Read
Sheesh. This one gets my blood boiling. Why anyone feels the need to judge what another person reads will never make any sense to me. But what's worse than simply judging others? Vocalizing it! Just let people enjoy things!

Spoiling A Book 
If you’re writing a review that has potential spoilers, please please please mark the blog post early on to warn readers. But more importantly, NEVER COMMENT on a TBR blog post with a spoiler for said book!

Tagging Authors In Negative Reviews
Why do people think this is okay?! Sure, writers may want constructive criticism, but there is a time and a place for that. Reaching out through Twitter or any other social media platform to say something unhelpful like, "Your book sucks," is never okay. Just be kind! I, personally, only tag authors if I gave their book a five star rating.

Debating Whether It’s “Okay” To Give A Negative Review
Oye vey. This one has been all over the blogging world this week. The key to book blogging: review what you want. Period. If you didn't like a book and want to share why you didn't like it, go for it! If you don't feel comfortable writing negative reviews, then don't. Easy peasy!


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46 comments:

  1. Haha, I missed all the negative reviews talk. I don't see why it needs to be a talk though-- like, do what you want??? I write negative reviews if I have negative feelings because as a reviewer I think I should be honest. But I also know people who don't write negative reviews-- they just don't review those books. I think as we get further along in the blogging process, we get better at picking books we will like, so that's a plus!! But I won't read a book if I'm expected to only say 5 star, positive things about it. I need to be honest.

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    1. Oh my gosh, it's the silliest thing! I had to stay off Twitter for a couple days because it was driving me insane! haha! And I agree, being honest is so important!

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  2. Spoiler free reviews please! I have read many a wonderfully written reviews (that probably took a lot of time which I can appreciate), but they chronicled the whole story: I felt I didn't even need to read it anymore!

    I try to write my own synopsis in less than 3 sentences and then discuss things like reading pace, POV, writing style, but never any more details on the story. Hopefully no one has ever gotten made at reading one of mine! ;)

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    1. Ugh yeah... That's such a bummer! I hope no one was too spoiled by any of mine either! I try to be so careful!

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  3. Oh my goodness. Do people really put spoilers on tbr posts!? How annoyingly awful, I would be so mad.
    I saw the Twitter stuff about negative reviews too!
    Amanda

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    1. Right?! The last one I saw was something along the lines of "I loved this book! I couldn't believe when..." and then they totally spoiled it! :(

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  4. Oh my God, I was once reading a review about a book I was very excited about and as I was reading the person spoiled everything that happened! Like, every single detail!

    And I get very annoyed when people judge you for what you read it if you don't read... Like, it's your choice either way?? So yeah, nice post :D

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    1. OH NO! That's such a bummer! And right?! It's so silly!

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  5. A big YES to all of these. I never understood why someone would tag an author in a negative review. Even if something wasn't for you, that person poured their soul into it, and it seems sort of mean to rub their faces in a bad review. And nay-saying someone else's tastes. Everyone is entitled to read the books they like, who made anyone else judge and jury? People need to be able to recognize a spoiler. I don't really read reviews until after I read a book, because there are too many reviewers who do, what I call, "book report" reviews where they essentially retell the entire book. Makes me nuts and usually reveals too many details.

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    1. Right?! It's so crazy to tag an author in a bad review... I generally try to avoid reading reviews before the book as well! Though sometimes I read reviews before the book if I have already heard a lot of hype about a certain book.

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  6. Guess I missed the negative review stuff... Usually I try to stick with the positive things in my reviews, but sometimes I enjoy a good rant. ;D

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    1. That's good! haha it was a mess! I'm the same way. I'd much rather post a positive review, but if I've pushed through a book I didn't like, I'm going to review it honestly! :)

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  7. I don't know why it would be a big deal to write a negative review - I mean, Goodreads has star ratings from 1 to 5, so logically a 1-star book would be something you didn't like? I can understand if a blogger wants to keep things super-positive on their blog and only talk about books they loved; that's not really me, though. I don't often write negative reviews, but I definitely do write them. It's all about honesty!

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  8. Ha ha love these! Continue thy ranting!! :) Seriously though, yeah, the negative reviews one, right? Just do what you want people! I mean we can't all like everything, there's nothing wrong with sharing when we don't. And tagging authors in negative reviews? Yeah I don't get THAT at alls...

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    1. :-D It's such a crazy world out there in bookland! haha

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  9. I'm with you on all of these. People that tag authors in negative reviews are just...horrible. Like, why would you do that? If you were the author, I'm sure you wouldn't be too happy. Not all authors even READ reviews - negative OR positive, and reviews aren't for authors anymore, so just don't do it. And writing negative reviews in general? Totally up to the reviewer. Same with reading what you want -don't shame people!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  10. Judging people for what they read is definitely a downer. I'm not going to make a secret of my personal preferences, or change them according to what others think, but if you love a book I hate, I'm glad you are at least finding some redeeming factor in it. Let's celebrate the joy of reading we all share, rather than make walls that shut people out.

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  11. Yes to all of these. Don't even get me started on all the crap I've got because I love horror novels, esp. the sexist comment like "a pretty girl like you shouldn't read such books" (and I did my BA dissertation in English literature on Dracula!).

    When it comes to negative reviews, I tend to try and write them as diplomatic and constructive as possible. It could be something in the line of "I didn't like X and Y because Z, but I did like A and B".

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    1. OH MY GOD. I haven't heard that one yet, but that is horrible! Horror is my favorite too! And same here with negative reviews! I always make sure to throw in a "but you may like this one if you xyz." In very rare cases I say that I couldn't personally recommend the book, but that I do understand why some people would enjoy it.

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  12. Such awesome thoughts and I agree with all of them. Does what other people chose to read really effect me in any manner - hope! Let people read what they want. Judging people for that makes no sense at all. There are plenty of books and plenty of genres for everyone. I will usually tag an author for a review if it got 4 or 5 stars. If it gets much lower, I always feel like there's no need to point it out to them because just because I didn't like it, it's no biggie - plenty of others probably did!

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    1. Right?! It all drives me so crazy! And I totally agree! And of course just because a book wasn't for me doesn't mean I wouldn't recommend it to others.

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  13. That's four straight YES's from me! Personally, I'll tag an author for 4 and 5 star reviews. That's mainly because I'm exceptionally stingy with rating a book 5 stars, so 4/4.5 is still pretty glowing. Tagging them in outright negative reviews is just petty, though. I love all of your points, Erica; great post! ♥

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    1. I'm VERY stingy with my 5 star ratings as well! :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  14. I hate it when reviewers spoil books too. And I agree that we shouldn't even be debating whether it's okay to write negative reviews-of course it is! I think all the talk was sparked by some very unprofessional authors making personal attacks and threats of legal involvement against bloggers who'd written unfavourable reviews. So I think some reviewers are nervous of expressing their own opinions now, which is ridiculous. If we're not allowed to write about books we didn't enjoy, then the whole review process loses its value.

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    1. Great point! I think negative reviews and tagging authors goes hand in hand. Like if you feel the need to tag them in a review where you bash their book, of course they may lash back out! Of course there are many situations where authors have gone looking for trouble as well... It's just such a mess that can all be fixed with remembering to just be kind!

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  15. YESSSSSS to all of these!!! Especially tagging authors in negative reviews. If an author happens to see it, okay, but I feel like why throw it in their face?

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  16. Judging people for what they like reading is one of the worst transgressions a bibliophile can make. We should always celebrate reading above all else!

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  17. Yes, yes, and YES! Oh my goodness, the judginess (did I just make up a word?) drives me insane. I mean, come on, there’s something out there for everyone. I don’t care what anyone reads - and why should I? You do you. LOL Can’t we just be excited that someone is reading and indulge in some book talk no matter what it is? And I will never, ever understand how some think it’s totally cool to tag an author after trashing their book in a review? Really? That’s seems okay to do? Uh, no, no it’s not. Sheesh. These were all so awesome, Erica!

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    1. haha! Right?! That's the beauty of reading; there are so many genres and styles out there to fit everyones interests! Thanks for stopping by!

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  18. I'll never understand why people judge others for a lot of things, tbh, including the books they read. And then yeah, if you're gonna judge, at least keep it to yourself??? And ugggghhhh spoilers are the worst. I guess some people do it by accident or don't realize, but... it's really aggravating. Same for tagging authors w/ neg reviews---I think some people don't realize in the beginning that it's not cool? But, I mean, tweeting or emailing just to personally tell them their book sucks (i.e. not even tagging for a review) is just going out of your way to be mean.

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    1. Agreed!! People need to remember to be kind.

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  19. Great post! I totally agree with all 4 points! I hate people judging others on their reading choices. I hate major spoilers without warning! I would never tag an author in a negative review because I think its rude to purposely bring it up to them, and I think as long as you are respectful, you have every right to post a negative review if you are being honest.

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    1. It really shocks me to see how disrespectful people can be! I'll never understand why people feel the need to be so unkind. It's totally one thing if you disliked a book, but don't attack an author! Oye!

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  20. I missed so much this week and last with all of the snow days we've had. I did see some of the "is it okay to post negative reviews" stuff but didn't have time to participate in the discussion. I do post negative reviews from time to time but I try to do it in a way that's kind and respectful. I met a blogger at Book Expo a couple of years ago who doesn't post negative reviews as she wants her blog to be a book RECOMMENDATION blog vs a book REVIEW blog and that makes a lot of sense to me.

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    1. Right?! And that's how it should be! People can dislike books and share why without attacking the author. Oh! That's a lovely idea!

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  21. I'll never understand tagging authors in negative reviews either. It's like "Are you trying to hurt their feelings?" Thankfully I see a lot less of it than I used to, but it really just needs to stop.

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  22. Yes to all of these things, most of it boils down to common decency. Why on earth would you let an author k ow how much you hate a book?

    And I'm over people who like to hate-read and mock other people who enjoy a book or author. I see it a lot with Sarah J Maas and I just don't get why people would waste so much energy hating a person or fandom.

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    1. Ugh, right?! It takes so much energy to be negative and cruel... why waste the effort?

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