Hiya bookish people!
When you look online at many different blogs, you will find reviews of popular books, books people have read, and books that many people recommend. I’m walking the blockbuster books of the YA genre. Books like Stepsister, and Children of Blood and Bone, and Sorcery of Thorns, and Red White & Royal Blue. These books all get raving reviews, and I will admit that nearly all my book reviews for books I haven’t been sent are highly rated.
I’ve written reviews for books like Aurora Rising, the first two books of The Raven Boys & The Dream Thieves, and Beth wrote a raving review for Red, White, and Royal Blue. All of these were three or more stars out of five. And why is that? Well, I enjoyed them, obviously! But apart from that. I’ve written a bad review for After, but I don’t always write reviews for books I have read and enjoyed. Examples, you ask? Damsel, and Stepsister, and Throne of Glass, and Turtles All the Way Down. And I am going to explain my reasons for why I do it this way.
If I didn’t enjoy the book, I don’t want to talk about it. Books like Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, or Midnight Sun, or Paper Towns, they were all popular to a degree, and I didn’t like them. It’s purely the fact that I try not to dwell on things that I don’t enjoy. Why would I put tabasco sauce on every food I served to my guests if I didn’t like it myself?
The books I review for my own use that have high ratings are because I want to agree and talk about all the books that I want others to read. And maybe, for once, I am in the middle of the hype period for a book and have the opportunity to review it while it is still relevant. That’s why I was okay to review Aurora Rising when I did, or have Beth write a review for Red, White, and Royal Blue.
Now, I do actually tend to rate ARC’s lower than I do books that have been properly published and I am reviewing my own violation. This isn’t because I want to put down new or indie authors, nor is it because I only want to review the next big blockbuster book (because just because it isn’t a blockbuster doesn’t mean it isn’t an awesome book). ARC’s tend to have less editing, more plot errors and less proof checking. This isn’t because of the author, or for lack of the author trying, sometimes it is just that authors with less experience tend not to produce books that have had such a fine-toothed comb run over them.
I like most of the ARC’s I get sent, in fact, all of the ARC’s or Proofs that I’ve rated less than three stars I can count on two hands. But a lot of my opinions on books come after I’ve read the book, which makes it difficult for me to write a glowing review right after I have finished the book.
So yeah. I tend to only write reviews for books I like because I tend not to dwell on things I don’t enjoy, and that means that my non-ARC books will nearly always have a higher rating.