Hi there, fellow readers! The other day I went to an antique store with my parents, and there I saw, to my horror, one of my biggest pet peeves. So, I decided this week’s discussion post would be the perfect opportunity to rant about mention some of my biggest bookish pet peeves.
Hi there, fellow bookworms! In last week’s discussion post, I wrote out my guidelines for writing a negative review, because, let’s be honest, there are times when we’ve all sounded a little rant-y and could definitely use some help in keeping our negative reviews organized.
But this week, I want to talk about why it’s okay to write a negative review of a book you didn’t like. I’ve seen and talked to several book reviewers who absolutely refuse to write a negative review, and honestly, kudos to them. I WISH I had the will power to stay positive about every book I read, but I can’t. So, for those of us who face the moral dilemma of disliking a book but not wanting to bash it completely, today’s discussion post is about why it’s okay to write a negative review.
***Some of these notes are kind of dependent on the how-to I shared last week. But I like to think they’re still okay even if we have different ways of writing negative reviews.
Title: Mask of Shadows Author: Linsey Miller Type: Fiction Genre: Fantasy Length: 352 Published By: Sourcebooks Pub Date: August 29, 2017 Format: e-book Source: A digital copy of this book was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating: ★★⭑☆☆ (I was torn between 2 and 3 stars…)
Title: The Road Between Author: Courtney Peppernell Type: Poetry Length: 288 pages (pretty long for a poetry book) Published by: Andrew McMeel Publishing Pub date: August 29th, 2017 Format: PDF Source: A digital copy was provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
When I read the synopsis for Courtney Peppernell’s The Road Between, I couldn’t wait to start reading it (plus I love that cover!!). A collection broken into eight parts (the cave, the closet, the sky, the sea, the roads, the mountains, the fields, the home), I expected a book of self-discovery and love through small moments in life. I expected something subtle and nuanced, as self-discovery so often is. I expected to love and connect with this collection of poetry.Read More »
Title: And I Darken Author: Kiersten White Type: Fiction Genre: Goodreads has it listed as a YA Fantasy, but it seems more like a gender-swapped Historical Fiction Length: 475 pgs Published by: Delacorte Press Pub date: June 28th, 2016 Format: Hard cover Source: I purchased this book from Amazon.