the thing about negative reviews

The thing about negative reviews is this: I hate writing them. It makes me very uncomfortable to know that there is a very real person out there who worked very hard on something, and then I come along and talk about how I didn’t like it. But if we’re going to have an honest relationship full of integrity on this here blog, I have be truthful. And the truth is, not every book is for everyone.

I will always try my best to be respectful and agree to disagree. I’m not here to bash anyone. Kindness goes a long way. Let’s all just acknowledge that there are different strokes for different folks. Kindly.

And honestly, the fact that anyone can write so many words to make a book out of them is impressive in my book.

That being said, I’m adding some of my favorite recent reads while getting the blog up and running. I hope you will find something you love. As I add books in real time, we will be sure to find some negative reviews. You may love something I dislike and vice versa. But let’s discuss! That’s what I’m here for – to talk books. Feel free to leave a comment any time.

What are you reading now? What’s your favorite book you’ve read so far this year?



  1. julissa castellanos · July 13, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this because it’s good to know I’m not alone. This year an author sent me a not-so-nice email because I wrote, what I thought, was an average review. I gave it 3 stars and a short paragraph saying that it just missed some things for me. That means I liked it but didn’t love it. To me a bad review is a 1 with a paragraph of insults. I understand it’s someone’s precious work and livelihood, but does that mean negative reviews are taboo? Anyway, thanks again for keeping me company.


    • thebookcollective · September 21, 2016

      Julissa, So sorry my comments were not getting approved for the site and I just saw this. I’m happy to have heard from you, thank you for the comments!!


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