Book Blogger Hop Question For The Week Of May 25-31
I have not taken part in the Book Blogger Hop and Question Of The Week in a long long time!
The question for this week---May 25-31 is:
How do you handle the writing of a negative review?
My quick answer would be as graciously as I can muster.
My long answer is it is rare for me to read a book that I do not like, even rarer to read a book that all around in every way I dislike.
In reviewing I express those things that I liked or even did not care for----giving the reason why.
For example there was a children's Bible that I reviewed not long ago, in every way but 1 the hard back book was wonderful, except 1 key point-----there was no story of Jesus' death and resurrection. How can we have a Bible without these stories? Even young toddlers are taught about Jesus' death and resurrection. To me it left this children's Bible empty and hollow.
It is important in reviewing a book to be as honest as possible, giving reasons why I liked or disliked the book, to not leave anything open-ended.
As long as I have been reviewing books (almost 5 years) I've taken notes as I read. This helps immensely in writing a review. In these spiral journals I write characters names, synopsis, important points in story, words used that I liked or might even need to define in a dictionary, and of course my thoughts while reading the book.
Then when it is necessary to write a negative response on a review, I am as tactful and gracious as I can be.
I read reviews written on Amazon and Barnes and Nobles and Christian Book, sometimes people can be tacky, insulting. I want to be as professional and gracious as possible and yet as honest as possible.
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