I have been criticized by bloggers, friends for putting up a negative review of a book or using strong words to dislike a book. I have been thinking for so many months as to what is wrong with that?!!
When I can gush about a book and recommend it and give it the highest rating, then why can’t I criticize a book?!!
I am often told that the author has put in hard work and effort in that book and it would hurt them. I understand hard work. People who know me, know that I am always working, I hardly sleep. It is my hard earned money which I have earned after working very hard to invest in another person’s hard work. Why should I not get my money’s worth?!! Books are expensive for me.
I get pulled up by my bosses, they don’t then see my hard work, they see my result. And when the result is not up to the mark, according to them, I do get to hear the criticisms. So why should it be different for authors?
I have been rejected by the authors and publishers because I talk straight. Somehow when I praise a book, they don’t praise me. But when I criticize a book, they do feel I am not a good book reviewer. Double standards much!!
I work hard on all my reviews both positive and negative ones. And they are my views written on my blog. I would love it if all books are fabulous and worth 5 stars, and it hurts me too when I write a negative review. But I am unable to like all books. We are all different and so are our likes and dislikes!!
Reading a book is my individual journey into its pages, it is not a collective journey.
I am through with feeling sad or guilty at the way I put forth my points. They are my words, and I stand by them!!