So far on this blog I have not left what I would call a really bad review and one of the main reasons for this is that any book I haven’t connected with or any that I have not been getting any enjoyment out of I have simply stopped reading. Now I will admit it has taken me a long time to get to this point, there has been many times in the past where I have just though hey it’s really not that bad, I can just power through, I mean I got this far what have I got to lose? The answer it has been pointed out to me is time. Time I could use more productively, time I could be reading something that I will actually enjoy, but mainly time that will be wasted if I simply ‘powered through’ because let’s be honest it takes a very special book to really claw you back in once your past the first twenty percent.
This new found ability does seem to be working, sure there is still a slight dash of fear of missing out and sometimes a dollop of guilt as I know the time, effort and frustration that someone has poured into this novel, to get their idea out into the world and I’m just discarding it to move onto other things. But on the other hand I am enjoying reading a lot more, I know more of what I will and will not enjoy before I pick up a book and most of all I don’t end up resenting something that someone has worked really hard to bring into this world. I simply put it down and move on.
The dilemma that I am having though is do I write a review for the book? If it’s one I have reviewed on NetGalley I will pass on my feelings to the publishers definitely, I do want to be honest and perhaps I’m not the only one but should I write a review effectively promoting a book that I did not finish. But should I write a review for my Blog? All publicity should be good publicity right? But can I really review a book that I don’t even know how the story ended, all I know for certain is that it isn’t for me, what if it is one of those books that turns it around? More questions arise when I see a book I have given up on getting rave reviews from other bloggers, surely I must be missing something then? I guess it’s worth noting I am not talking about those books that really are generally bad the ones with lack of spelling, grammar and generally unreadable, or those where there is no other way to interpret them but offensive, I am talking about the ones where they simply wasn’t for you, no connection to characters or story, no desire to find out what happens next just nothing at all really…
I would love to know other bloggers policies on this, how do you review these books if you review them at all?