Lets Talk – Why You Should Write Negative Book Reviews

Hey lovely readers!

A little discussion post for you today. Inspired by Bree from Perpetual Fangirl definitely go check out her blog. She’s truly the best!

So let’s talk! Here’s why you should write negative book reviews!

It can be difficult to put your negative reviews out there, especially because it is so common to share those reviews on Twitter. And Twitter is a place where you open yourself up to criticism from readers,bloggers, and authors alike. And I know for myself I have a hard time putting out negative reviews of ARC’s. An author is giving me the privilege of reading their book before the public does and I don’t like it? It makes me feel so bad. But here’s the thing. You are not going to like every book that you read, you are not going to like every book by a certain author, and some books you won’t even be able to finish. And that is okay. I promise you it’s okay.

Book bloggers do not get paid for what we do, we do it because we love books and authors and we want to help them succeed. But we also need to remember to put ourselves first sometimes and I think that negative reviews help do that. I don’t know about you other bloggers, but ranting about a book is so cathartic. Sometimes it is more so than a positive review. I started blogging as an outlet for all my passionate feelings about some of my favorite books but also to let out my frustrations about books I really did not like. And I’m guessing most of you did as well. Negative reviews are not mean. Negative reviews are not uncalled for. Negative reviews are not going to make authors hate you. And negative reviews won’t ruin your blog.

Negative reviews are allowed to be written. Negative reviews are honest. And negative reviews will be some of the best things you ever write. So please write that negative review, be honest, be you. Don’t apologize for your words. Don’t be afraid to express yourself, because if you can’t express yourself then really what’s the point? It’s hard, I know it is. But here’s what I try to remember: there is no perfect book. And some books are truly not good. Some books take things too far. Some books should be avoided because of the triggers they can set off, the feelings they evoke, or the hate they spew. And your negative review may save someone from having to experience that pain or trauma that certain things can elicit. Negative reviews have saved me on more than one occasion. I promise someone,somewhere will like what you’ve said and applaud you for it. Someone, somewhere will be grateful for your words.

So you should write that negative review. Do it for yourself, do it for your readers, do it for your fellow bloggers, and maybe even for the author. Be courteous, be kind, but above all be honest.

Love to you all, readers, bloggers, and authors alike. Never be afraid to share your words.

Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna


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My name is Adrianna. I’m a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. I have a deep love for books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea! I can quote almost any Disney movie, Belle is my favorite Disney princess, and I live for Harry Potter! I enjoy reading New Adult Romance above anything else. I have one beautiful baby boy named Jace and 5 cats and 1 dog who are basically my world (along with hubby of course)! And when I’m not reading I enjoy writing, puzzling, trivia, and long walks with the hubs, baby boy, and dog! Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy! ❤ Adrianna

9 thoughts on “Lets Talk – Why You Should Write Negative Book Reviews

  1. I know what you mean about leaving negative reviews for ARCs. An author gave you their work totally free of charge and then you’re gonna say you didn’t like it? It feels like you’re being ungrateful. But we should keep in mind that we were given those ARCs in exchange for an honest review and that includes any negative thoughts we had about it. As long as you’re polite in your critique, we owe it to ourselves as bloggers and book lovers and anyone who turns to our blogs for ideas on what to read or what to pass on to be honest about a book.

    I especially liked this: Some books should be avoided because of the triggers they can set off, the feelings they evoke, or the hate they spew. And your negative review may save someone from having to experience that pain or trauma that certain things can elicit. You are ABSOLUTELY right. Some authors don’t write certain scenes or circumstances well and that could be triggering or painful for other readers. If a blogger can help avoid that, so much the better.

    Thanks for writing this post, it was sorely needed!


  2. This is such a great post and so important! I always feel terrible if I have been sent an ARC but end up not liking it. I have this internal debate myself whether I should post the negative review or not. I think, as long as the review offers constructive critcism, then that’s okay!


    1. Definitely! If you’re saying things just to be mean then yeah maybe you shouldn’t post anything. But I feel like as long as you’re truly being genuine it’s completely fine. 😊 Glad you liked the post!


  3. I loved this post. I’m new to blogging and so far, I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve reviewed. However, as a writer myself I feel terrible if I wrote a bad review of someone’s work. They spent all that time and effort, who am I to judge? Yet, this post really opened me up to why we should post negative review. It’s our personal taste and we won’t like every thing.


  4. This is such a great post! I 100% agree with you! Sometimes I avoid posting negative reviews because I’m afraid of the backlash I might receive on other social media, but you’re right, we really shouldn’t worry about that.

    I also feel like there’s a respectful way to write negative reviews. I mean someone spent a lot of time and energy on writing something and probably felt very vulnerable publishing it and putting it out for the public. I don’t think we should just be like “THIS IS HORRIBLE!” But respectfully say it wasn’t what we might normally read or didn’t speak to us in some way that the author meant for it to.


    1. I’m so glad you liked it! And I totally agree, it takes such courage to publish a book. And we wouldn’t want to make anyone feel bad. It’s definitely tough to find that balance sometimes. But the book community is such a wonderful place and I’ve found most people to be truly kind :}


  5. I love negative reviews. And I think, contrary to what authors seem to believe, they don’t discourage everyone from reading a book. A lot of the times I’m more likely to read a book with a lot of bad reviews, because I want to see for myself and form my own opinion about that book. Knowing that about myself is encouraging to me as an author. If I’m like that, I know there must be others out there like me. And I don’t care if it’s negative reviews enticing readers to pick up my book. A read’s a read LOL 🙂 Give me hell! 😛

    Great post! 😀


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