Friday, May 25, 2012

Book Blog Hop and Follow Friday! (5-25-12)

Happy Friday everyone! Ready for the holiday weekend? I have been on vacation since Wednesday and it has been wonderful! I haven't done anything really exciting, but just not dealing with the craziness at work is a welcome relief. And, I'm about to start on the fun part of my vacation in just a few hours ... getting my wisdom teeth pulled! Definitely glad to finally be rid of them, and the excuse to eat ice cream for an entire week. Now, onto the Friday fun ...

Blogging Question: How do you handle the writing of a negative review?

This may sound weird, but it's easier for me to write negative reviews than it is to write reviews for books that I loved. I can easily pinpoint what it is that I didn't like, so I just focus on that in my review. I never make it a personal attack against the author.

GReads asks:

Show Me Your Cover: What are some of the worst book covers, but hold some of the best stories inside? Don't be embarrassed, show us your cover!

The one that always comes to mind is Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. This is one of the worst covers I have ever seen and I believe that sometimes, it's alright for you to judge a book by it's cover. This book looks dreadful, but it's a wonderful story.

So, how do you write a negative review? What are some of the worst bookcovers you've ever encountered? Let me know and have a great (and safe) holiday weekend!


  1. Ooh that Jane Eyre cover - ewww. And as for writing negative reviews, its hard for me because I don't want to offend anyone, and I usually make it clear that a book wasn't for me, but it might be for someone else - and hopefully there's at least 1 positive thing I can say.


  2. I totally agree with your bad book cover selection. And I'm definitely a Cover Girl so I tend to judge most books by their covers... while keeping an open mind, of course. ;)

    Lisa @ Lost in Literature
    My FF & TGIF

  3. You're totally right. It can be easier to talk about what I didn't like than why something completely blew me away. And that cover makes the book look completely boring!

  4. I used to think I didn't pay that much attention to covers but I now know that I do :/ Who in the world would want to read that book with the mean old crotchity Jane Eyre image??
    I'm very careful not to attack either authors or books...bc in some way another reader who liked the book that I negatively reviewed may take offense to my review...and I would never want to alienate another reader :)

  5. I agree that a poor review should not contain a personal attack on the author but am not sure if I have ever seen this. In 2 past reviews I mentioned that I felt the author was bored with her series and listed reasons why. Is this a personal attack or thoughtful commentary?

  6. I agree there is no since in bashing the author.
    I am your new GFC follower.