You may have noticed that all the book reviews on my site are positive. What’s up with that? How can a person love every book they read?
Well, the short answer is, I don’t. But I also don’t finish books I’m not enjoying. Life is too short and my to-be-read pile is too large to spend time on books I don’t like. If a book isn’t grabbing me for whatever reason — and sometimes that reason has nothing to do with the book itself and everything to do with my mood as a reader — I’ll put it down. Sometimes I come back to it. Sometimes I don’t.
When I don’t enjoy a book? I say nothing. I am only one opinion, and even with books I don’t like, I respect the work that went into creating them. Plus I know that it’s highly likely that what didn’t work for me worked in spades for someone else. Some books I’ve loathed are some of my friends’ favorite books, and vice versa. I am not the Taste Police and have no problems whatsoever if you totally disagree with my take on a book. If I hated your favorite? Who cares! You can love it enough for the both of us.
Even with books I enjoy, I don’t always review them on here. Reviews take thought and time and effort, and I don’t like to spend any of those things dwelling on negatives. So I only write reviews for the books I loved and would happily recommend to others. I feel like if the author poured their blood, sweat, and tears into crafting a story that truly delighted me, the least I can do is pass that story on to more readers.
That’s why my reviews on here are somewhat sporadic. Sometimes I’ll post three in a week. Sometimes I won’t post anything for months. It all depends on what I’m reading at the time, what mood I’m in, and how enthusiastic I am about what I’ve read.
But rest assured, if I’m reviewing a book on this site, it’s because I genuinely loved it, and I hope you do too.