A very strange tweet caught my attention this morning. "Later today I'll be doing an honest review of such-and-such book on my blog. Tune in to see what I think." More or less. I'm paraphrasing.
I read it, made a face, and wondered: Why would you ever write a dishonest review of a book on your blog?
I'm guessing, in this case, that the writer plans to give a negative opinion about the book. I feel like sometimes negativity gets more "honesty" weight. Like, maybe, if a writer is positive in a review, they could just be "being nice."
That made me feel like I should say a quick word about my reviews on this blog, all of which are always my honest opinion.
I don't do super-negative reviews on this blog. I don't write them, I don't like them. Who am I to tear another writer to shreds? They put a lot of hard work into their books; I don't need to disparage them here.
So what do I do if I read something and don't love it?
I...don't review it. I'd rather fill this blog with my recommendations for what TO read and/or watch than to write snarky comments about books I don't like.
So much of this reading/writing/blogging business is purely subjective. Just because I don't like something doesn't mean it's not good. And I read and watch a LOT more than what gets written about on this blog, because I only write about something if it excites me.
So if you feel like my reviews are all pretty positive and glowy, well, that's probably because they are. But just remember: for every book I review, there are probably four or five that I don't.
Please know: I am nothing on this blog if not honest.