I’ve seen many blog posts about people struggling with writing negative reviews. I’ve never had that problem. My challenge is always writing 3-star reviews. And here’s why.
When reviews are easy
If I love a book, I want to gush about it. I have a million reasons why everyone needs to read this book. I loved the plot. I loved the characters. I found the book so essential that it should be high school curriculum type reading. Ya know?
And when I hate a book. (Yeah, I’m saying “hate.”) I know exactly why. Maybe the main character was super annoying. Maybe nothing happened in the book. (I need plot. You know this.) Whatever the issues, I won’t have difficulty discussing them. I rather enjoy a good rant. I won’t mind telling everyone why they shouldn’t waste their time on said book.
When reviews are hard
But…what about when I feel just kind of “meh” after finishing a book? That’s when things become challenging for me. Everything was just…OK. I don’t have a lot to say. Or perhaps I wait a while after reading the book to attempt to write a review. And then…I can’t even remember what happened! Seriously.
This happens to me ALL THE TIME with 3-star reviews. I am entertained well enough while reading the book, but nothing really stands out to me. So when I’m reflecting back on my reading experience, trying to come up with something to say, I cannot think of ANYTHING.
Does this happen to anyone else?