Monday, June 11, 2012
On Writer's Reviewing Books
As writers, I know that a lot of us like to read books and since reading expands our knowledge of what others are reading and our vocabulary, we read. I love to read. I also like to review books. But, I am curious what to do when you come across a book that isn't written very well?
I know it's not appropriate to write a review like this:
Your book sucks and there's no plot. I hate the characters. You should never write again. I hope in your next life you don't have thumbs.
Ouch. That's definitely not the way to review a book. It's hurtful and it attacks the author. It should never be right to attack the author if a book isn't your taste. Writers typically write nicer reviews because we know what it is like to be stung with a negative review. It hurts. We don't want to inflict that pain on others. Another writer might sugar coat something because they are very sensitive.
I think that honesty and constructive criticism are best for a book review. Don't be extremely negative towards the author. Talk about the writing. Was there something missing that could help the author? If it's an indie author they can fix a part and re-upload a book with little effort. I recently came across a book that had a very good premise and was interesting to me, but it was filled with POV switches and info-dumps, which made the book difficult to enjoy. A little more time just needed spent on revisions. I had to make a choice to review the book or not. I decided to review the book, but I made sure that I complimented what I liked about the book and a few things that needed adjusted to make the book better.
My advice; if you do write a review for a book that isn't very well written, make sure to offer honest and kind suggestions. Even if the book is terrible, be constructive to help the author.
What do you do when you come across a book that you didn't enjoy? Do you review the book or simply move on?
As a side note, I am getting closer to 200 hundred followers and it's getting closer to my 200 give-away! Which, I promise will be pretty awesome. :)
Hope you had a great Monday!