So, I have a question for my fellow book reviewers / book bloggers. And my readers too, I guess.
Although I have, on a rare occasion, left a review on Goodreads or Amazon noting that I did not finish (DNF) a book and why, I’ve never written a post or shared that review in my blog. I guess I feel like I can’t give a full, fair review if I didn’t finish it.
But if it’s more than just ‘I lost interest’ or ‘It wasn’t to my taste’, and it has some major flaws in it that are enough to make me call it quits (I hate to leave a book unfinished!), is it fair to write a review/post?
Then comes the kicker – what if it’s an advance review copy (ARC – a book that has to been given to a reviewer for free prior to publishing for the purposes of getting an early review) or a book that the author has specifically requested that I review? I’ve had a few requests lately. What if I’ve given it my best shot and I’m hating the book and I know that no matter what happens from here on out, I don’t give a shit about the character? Do I write a review/post or do I just politely let the author know in a private email?
I’m going to tag a few book bloggers whose opinions I value (you should check out their blogs too!), but I’d be delighted for anyone to weigh in with an opinion. Even if you’re not a book blogger or reviewer, you may have an opinion on whether you’d like me to include such posts in this blog.