You Didn't Like the Book...Now What???


Hello fellow book blogging buddies :)  I am conflicted...and need the collective help of this incredible community.

What do you do when you DON'T like a book?  More specifically...when you don't like a REVIEW copy of a book?

I'm in a rut...haven't finished the last two books I started...just couldn't do it.  Below is what I did...but I'm wondering if it's the correct way to handle things?  What do you all do?  Help!!  :)

BOOKS I DO NOT FINISH:

GOODREADS
  • I do not give the book a rating
  • I mark the book as "read" and as "Did Not Finish"
  • My comments are "DNF...no review"  
MY BLOG
  • I don't post a review
  • Essentially it's like I never read the book
NETGALLEY/LIBRARYTHING
  • I leave a comment saying I didn't finish the book, and therefore no review will follow
OTHER SOCIAL MEDIA
  • I don't post/tweet/list anything else about the book

***I think I'm comfortable with how I handle DNF books??  Decisive, I know :)  Thoughts??***

BOOKS I DID NOT LIKE, BUT DID FINISH:

GOODREADS
  • Rate with 1 or 2 stars
  • Leave review stating what I didn't like about the book
MY BLOG/ALL OTHER OUTLETS
  • Post review stating what I didn't like about the book

PLEASE NOTE...this post isn't about leaving negative reviews.  

It's about what YOU do/don't do when you don't like a book and/or don't finish a book.  
I'd love to hear from you!!!

Thanks...and Happy Reading!!  ~Amie





8 comments:

  1. For DNFs....
    - I do post reviews on both goodreads & my blog. However, in no way are my reviews negative and I'm sure to state how far I got through the book, what I liked, and didn't like. When I post on goodreads, I don't give it a rating, but I mark it as "read" and "DNF" then post the same review from the blog.

    For 1-2 star reviews...
    - I'd say I do pretty much the same thing. I state what I did and didn't like, why it wasn't for me, and still try to tell my readers that "Hey, I didn't like it, but you might. Won't hurt to try it."

    No matter what rating I give I always try to do two things: 1) never bash a book and 2) make it clear that not all books are for everyone and what I like may not but what they like.

    Hope this helps!
    xoxo
    Doodle

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    1. Hi Doodle :) Thank you so much for commenting and letting readers know how you handle these books. And I agree with you...never bash a book, and encourage others to decide for themselves. I think I will start posting a brief review on DNF books...share my thoughts. Thanks again!!

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  2. Personally if I DNF a book I don't rate it but I do leave some kind of review to vent out my frustrations, and just explain why I couldn't finish. 1/2 star reviews I treat the same as 4/5 star reviews. I'm honest first and foremost, but I alway make sure people know that its always personal so they may actually like it even if I didn't.

    On a side note I think your blog is gorgeous!
    Octavia of Read. Sleep. Repeat.

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    1. *blushing* over blog comment...thank you!! I'm definitely changing to writing something about WHY I didn't finish my DNFs. You make excellent points and I thank you for taking the time to comment :)

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  3. For DNFs, like you, I usually mark them as read in goodreads and add them to a dnf shelf, but don't generally add a rating for them in goodreads. I haven't posted any DNF reviews on my blog - not because I'm against them, but simply because since I haven't finished the book, I don't have a whole lot to say.

    I've considered doing something I've seen a couple other blogs do, which is once every few months they do a post where they will round up any books they DNF'd and just do a few lines on why it didn't catch their interest or if there was something that specifically turned them off. That way at least the book still gets mentioned.

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    1. ooooooo....I love the idea of summarizing every few months the DNF books! Thank you for sharing that! I agree...I think the book deserves to get some mention on my blog...obviously something about it attracted me to it in the first place...so I would hope others would like it, even though I didn't. And I'm liking the comments on what everyone does on Goodreads. Thanks for commenting!!

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  4. Like you, I usually put then on a DNF shelf on Goodreads (I don't rate books either way :)) and note so on NetGalley/Edelweiss. I agree with a lot of what thefictionconniption said, too: I don't post DNF reviews on my blog simply because, having not finished the book, I find I don't really have a lot to say on it.

    Chri @ Ink Skies

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    1. Thank you, Chri, for visiting and commenting. I am SO thankful to be a part of such a sharing and welcoming community! You all are THE BEST!!

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