I was looking at the books I read of 2016 thus far and out of all seven, I gave three 2 stars, two 3 stars and DNF’d one. Yup, 2016 has been a great year as far as books go. Now TV shows, they’re a whole other story, but I’m talking about books here. Books.
When reviewing books I know they’re just my opinion. A two star book to me could be a five star book for someone else. I’m fine with giving a book a low rating (because it’s my opinion) but I do feel bad at the same time. Why, you may ask, because of several things.
One. A bad rating could mean less people will read the book, or give it a try. When you see the average rating and it has two stars, are you still going to buy that book? Are you even going to try to read it? Maybe, I guess it depends on the book. But the less people that read it, the less money for the author. And this makes me feel bad because authors spend so much time on their books, and I’m an empathetic person, so when I put myself in their shoes, I feel bad. It would be horrible to know a book you loved and wrote, the majority of people who read it hated it. It makes me feel bad (but like I said, it doesn’t stop me from rating a book as I feel.)
And Two. I also don’t want to discourage people from reading a book. If they see my review and decide not to read it, then they could be missing out on a book they could love. I know for a fact that sometimes, a review will talk about how awful a book was, then I pick it up and ADORE it. Everyone feels differently about books……….
Anyways, those are just my thoughts. I still give books the ratings they deserve, and I know I shouldn’t feel bad, but sometimes I do. How do you feel about giving books low ratings? Are you okay with it, or do you feel a little bit bad like me?