Okay guys, I’ve never written a discussion post before but something has been bothering me that I just want to chat about. Recently I read a book (I’m not going to name which) that I really enjoyed. Someone (not going to say any names) that I am friends with on Goodreads read the same book. This person on the other hand did not like the book at all, which is totally fine. Not everyone has to like the same books. But, something did bother me. And I’ve had this in the back of my mind for a week or two now. This person did not finish this book but wrote a little paragraph explaining why they didn’t finish it. The issue I had with this is that it felt very…attackish towards those who enjoyed it. I’m not going to quote the exact words that was said but it was along the lines of “I didn’t enjoy this book. I don’t know why it was published. It sucks and the writing is bad.” All fine with me. Like I said, I don’t expect everyone to like the same books. The part that upset me and that hasn’t left the back of my mind was when they said, and this is a quote, “It actually pisses me off that books like this get published and a bunch of nominal readers manage to generate HUGE hype by rating it so highly.” That is my issue. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but this right here is just not right. Why is their opinion that it “sucks” the only opinion that is right? I enjoyed it. I don’t think the writing was bad at all. But what really upsets me is that they basically said that we shouldn’t have rated it so highly because they didn’t like it and that we shouldn’t have generated any hype for it. Last I checked, I am entitled to liking a book. I can rate any book I read whatever rating I want to. Book reviews are only opinions. This doesn’t make me a bad person for liking a book and rating it highly. (I rated this particular book 4 stars.)
My whole point to this is that it is not okay to make a person feel bad for liking and rating a book 4 or 5 stars just because someone else didn’t like it. When I read this DNF review, I had already written my review up and had it scheduled for my blog. I did not have my review up on Goodreads by this point because I wait until my blog posts go live before posting onto Goodreads. When I read this review, I honestly was afraid to post my review. I may not have posted it if it hadn’t been a book that I received from NetGalley promising a review. For the first time I was actually afraid of posting a review because this one person made me feel bad about liking this book. I felt personally attacked. If you know me, I don’t get offended very easily, but this little review made me feel terrible. Like my opinion was wrong. But, I thought about it and I realized that it is okay for me to like this book and it’s okay for me to post my review. I am allowed to have an opinion of my own. If you are curious, yes, I’ve already posted a review for this book on both my blog and Goodreads.
Basically, I just wanted to post about the anxiety I have been feeling about writing reviews. I just wanted to say that it is okay to have a differing opinion and that it is okay to not like a book, but it is NOT okay to attack other readers and reviewers for having a different opinion. I guess what I want you to get out of this post is that really be careful with what you write, especially if it is a negative review (which I think are important!) Just be mindful of what you say and how you say it. Make sure what you are writing is constructive and not bashing towards the author or the readers. Thanks for listening to my rambling. I’d like to know if any of you have ever felt afraid to post a review because of what others have said. ‘Til next time!