17 March, 2011

On Reviews and Low Ratings

In the interest of fulfilling the new year's resolution I made to review all the books that I read this year, I will be posting some reviews with less than stellar ratings very soon.

I just want to make it clear to people that when I rate books, I rate them based on how much I love them, not necessarily how much I think YOU will love them. After all, there are a lot of YOU out there, and we're all a little bit different (ok, sometimes a lot different) in our reading tastes. I give opinions so you can know what I like, and maybe, if that sounds like something you would like, too, you might read that book!

I've even chosen reading based on other people's 1-star reviews, because the things the reviewer mentions they hate about the book are things that I love, love, love! Case in point: A Reliable Wife (not YA), Runemarks, and Swoon. I think they were awesome, but most people (even some of my friends) read them and lose a little respect for me because I liked them a lot. That's ok. It evens out, since my esteem for people tends to take a little nosedive if I find out they like Fallen or Marked. :) They're very popular books, but just not my cup of tea.

As well, when I review I also take into consideration that human beings took the time and effort to produce whatever I just read. So I try to refrain from calling the author names or being too harsh. I think being critical is ok, as long as you're not just saying things to be mean to someone. If I meet any of these authors face-to-face, I try to just avoid the subject, and if I can't, I just admit that I didn't enjoy the book so much.

A friend recently told me about an author/reader blowup that happened recently, where both parties got a little out of hand. I might say that I don't like a book, but I'd never say that I wish so-and-so author and what's-her-name writer would just die already. And not because I'm an aspiring YA author (I'm not--if anything I'd probably like to write a math or science book someday, so I don't think they'll care* :) or that I'm afraid people won't read my blog. If I don't like it, I just say so, and give my reasons--and if you disagree with me, hey! That might be a great book for you to read.

So, I'm going back to reading my probably 1-star-rating book, and I'll be back in a couple of days with my review!

* I take that back. As of 3/25/2011 I *am* writing a novel. A YA novel. Never say never, I guess. I will still tell you about books I didn't like, but I won't tell you not to read/buy/like them. To each her own. :D


  1. I think that's a great policy and I need to do much more of that. I'm gonna follow your example if that's okay :)

  2. well said! everyone has different opinions and are entitled to them. excited to see your rewiews!

  3. Visited your site while jumping around in the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway Hop.

    Point One: Read this post . . . and wanted to let you know that I loved it. Two reasons: One, liked the way you write, the way you phrase things. Two, the article was concise and yet compassionate . . . that you are not author bashing, . . . that you respect their efforts, . . . but you have a personal preference for books that does not align with the author's (or other readers).

    Point Two: Love the Name "Read Now Sleep Later" . . . your Blog name reveals a true-blue reader personality in so few words.

  4. Well said! I agree that we should be able to post reviews with low ratings, as everyone has different tastes. I actually prefer blogs that don't give perfect scores to every single book, as I know that my 5/5 ratings are few and far between.

    While I'm pretty sure I've never been mean in my reviews, I'm extra careful now when explaining why I didn't care for the book ever since meeting authors online and at book signings. They've put their heart and soul into the book, so the least I can do is be polite.

    Good luck with keeping your resolutions!