12 Responses

  1. Tanja
    Tanja at |

    Thank you for all your thoughts on this subject. Honesty is the best policy in every case.

  2. Trix
    Trix at |

    I personally tend to be more interested in a book that has strong reactions either way, than something that just gets a lot of noncommittal answers. So, even the negative reviews are doing us a favor!

  3. Shirley Ann Speakman
    Shirley Ann Speakman at |

    I think this must be the hardest review to write when that happens but as you say it is just one opinion and Love Bytes reviewers are always fair.

  4. nicki442
    nicki442 at |

    I believe honesty is always best, and as many of you said, best done delicately. One person’s trash could be another’s treasure, so stating the reasons why a particular book didn’t work for you could be the reason another reader picks it up.

    It’s great hearing from so many of you; I forget how big the Love Bytes family actually is sometimes!

  5. Lisa
    Lisa at |

    I read somewhere that every book brings some person joy. While one person might think it terrible someone else thinks it’s wonderful. So it’s always best when it doesn’t work for me to explain that it’s my opinion & what bothered me.

  6. waxapplelover
    waxapplelover at |

    All great responses. I think sometimes if your anticipation is too high it’s easy to get disappointed when something just doesn’t work for you. It doesn’t mean that the book isn’t necessarily good (though it could be that!), but that it just didn’t meet your expectations. It happens. Thanks for all the great answers.

  7. Serena S.
    Serena S. at |

    Thanks for the replies! When I read a book that I didn’t like much, I also give myself a few days before I write a review. Otherwise, I can’t think with a clear head.

  8. H.B.
    H.B. at |

    A lot of great responses from everyone. I’ve actually had this happen several times and I think like many of you that honesty is the best route to take without being unpleasant about it.

  9. dee
    dee at |

    Thanks a lot for answering my questions. Some unexpected answers, but I like the general approach towards honesty and objectivity!

  10. 16forward
    16forward at |

    Great answers!

  11. Purple Reader
    Purple Reader at |

    Enjoyed reading the comments, and agree that honesty is best, and actually serves others the best. I think I may be a little tougher in my ratings, but especially if I’m disappointed I want to explain way in the review, in a nice way, so that others can see if that pertains to them, too. That’s what I look for when I read others’ reviews, and I’m thankful to the reviewer.


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