I read–partially–a book recently. It was a free eBook, the concept sold me in an instant, the reviews were good, so I got it and read it.
But there was something off with the writing. I put it down, picked it up again, and struggled through to 21%. Instead of pulling me into the story, the words lay flat on the page. They needed fine tuning to become invisible, truly a story and not only strings of words.
As a writer, I feel hurt when people criticize my writing. Even if it’s polite and constructive, the phrase “I didn’t like it” is painful.
So I instead of reviewing my “did not finish” books, I delete them from Goodreads.
(This is also because my options are Read, To-Read, and Currently Reading, and a DNF book isn’t really read, is it?)
But then again, I read people’s reviews and ratings to decide what to buy/read. And other people do the same. So when I am silent, trapped behind a wall of niceness, I’m not helping those readers. This problem is only for books I didn’t like–ones that were good, I can review by pointing out what I liked and disliked.
If we’re all too nice to say “I didn’t like it,” then how will anyone know what to invest their time and money in, which are both valuable and limited resources?
What do you think? Do you write negative reviews or not?