Aug 19, 2011

TGIF and Week In Review (11)

Hosted by Ginger over at G-Reads, TGIF is a way to recap the week on your blog and answer a fun question she asks bloggers. Linking up spreads the word, so visit her blog for more info and to participate! :o) Here's the question for this week:

The Reviews We Don't Write: Have you ever read a book and not wanted to review it? Are some books too personal that we want to keep our thoughts our own?

Yes, I've read a couple books that I did not want to review. It wasn't because it was too personal or that I wanted to keep my thoughts to myself. The books weren't that great, and while I never want to lie, being honest was painful. It's only become worse since I decided to blog about it. On Goodreads I felt much more anonymous. Now I feel like I have a bit of a presence, and with authors sending me their books for review, I feel even more pressure to write a positive one. That just isn't how it is all the time though. Being honest is important for sure.

I think the only review I had difficulty on because it felt personal was Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult. If a post goes by where I don't talk about this book, it's a miracle. Goodness, I really loved her bravery in writing that book. I won't get on my soapbox, but equality is needed in this country. That's all. Thank you, Jodi Picoult. Anyway, click the title of the book to go to my review, and you'll see why. I never did add that 'more later' stuff. 5 stars on my Goodreads page speaks for itself though.

This past week on the blog:

Happy Friday.


  1. I haven't read any of her books. It sounds like a good one to start with. Equality & social justice moves me beyond advocate to frenzied passion.

    Thanks for sharing & stop by Amy @

  2. Yeah, reviewing on goodreads and reviewing on YOUR blog are totally different experiences! The responsability is huge!

    Can't wait for monday to arrive! =D

  3. i have a hard time writing negative things... when i found out gwen hayes read my review on fallen under even though it was negative it made me feel weird

  4. I feel the same way. Being honest can be painful sometimes and I hate writing bad reviews, it feels like bad karma, for one thing. I know that not every book can be a winner, but I'm generally a nice, positive person so it feels mean to talk about a book that wasn't very good and WHY it wasn't very good! Happy Friday and have a great weekend Mickey!

  5. Thanks everyone. Negative reviews are hard to write, yes. But it's important to be honest!

    Melissa - I'll have to go read your review for Fallen Under.

    readingromances - You can't wait for Monday?! lol But yeah, those are totally different. The blog feels like a more exposed place. Yikes!

    SweetMarie - Thank you! I try to be nice and positive too, but sometimes we just have to be honest and say why we didn't care for something. It happens! :o)


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