Should I Only Post Positive Reviews?

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I've had this thought quite a few times. Should I only post positive reviews? Since I'm becoming more consistent at actually reviewing books on my blog this question has been popping in my head from time to time. There are a few reasons for and against this question I wanted to go over before making a decision.

Writing negative or meh reviews doesn't make you feel great after reading it.

If a book is 3 stars then it's a meh book. Do I want to feel bad when writing the review? Do I want the reader to feel meh after reading the review? Not really.

Now negative ranty reviews at least have some energy to them. They are easy to write because it's a rant on the book but are they worth posting on the blog? Unless the book has obvious harmful content, is it right to make a rant review? I wouldn't want to be the author who reads that review. The thing is I always write a small review on Goodreads and the StoryGraph. Does that negative energy need to be on my blog as well?

Reading a range of reviews helps a reader decide if they want to pick up a book.

If all the reviews say a book is amazing or terrible and I give it three stars then you can actually see the good and the flaws a book has. If everyone rates something positive and I rate it negatively then you can see all the negatives. You see where I'm going right? It's great to have multiple perspectives.

Negative reviews can get negative feedback.

Goodreads and its comment section... I wrote a rant review on a book I hated and everyone loved and someone else had to tell me my opinion was wrong. Not, I disagree. But, you are wrong and this is why in a not-so-friendly way. I don't care to bring that into my blog atmosphere.

Positive reviews make readers want to take a look at or even read a book themselves.

I love when a fellow reader or blogger can convince me to read a book. It makes you feel good to write and read a positive review. It gets you excited about reading.

Positive reviews might not consider the flaws in a book.

Sometimes an overly positive review will not consider any of the flaws and sometimes it'll note something small that you find fault with. I'm not exactly saying that I should only write reviews on five star reads, but books with a 3.5 rating and above that I feel mostly good about might be a good focus on the blog only. And any others will stay on Goodreads and the StoryGraph.

What about ARCs?

Sometimes ARCs suck. I've posted negative reviews for an ARC book on my blog in the past but maybe I should change that. Maybe it should just be on reading social media sites and that's it.

What do you think? Should I review everything or should I just focus on books I have a positive thing to say about? What do you do on your blog?


  1. This is a hard question! I do occasionally post negative reviews on my blog and Goodreads. I think it's important to be honest and let other readers know of issues you found in a book, because they may be the same types of things that are issues for them, too, and maybe they can just avoid the book. I always try to be respectful of the author, though, and point out at least one thing that I did like about the book.


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