Comments: 7
Merle 4 years ago
I have the hardest time with my favorite books, too! I'm always surprised with the people who find it difficult to review books they disliked or were lukewarm about.
The Drift Of Things 4 years ago
A lot of people don't like to say negative things about books because they are afraid they will be viewed as negative people, or that they'll hurt the feelings of people who liked the books. I have especially seen a lot of comments from women about this fear.
Merle 4 years ago
And that's a shame. I have to admit to more often having the opposite worry, that I'll come across as too generous to books that aren't actually good, and that people will think I lack good taste and judgment. I guess that's what comes of being someone who cares about literary quality but still loves fantasy novels best.

I have seen people comment though that they find strong criticism actually difficult to write, as opposed to being worried about how it'll come across. Or that they find 3-star reviews the hardest, because these aren't books they're passionate about one way or the other. For me emotions make it harder to write a good review, and 3s are usually the easiest. Five stars is the hardest because I feel like I have to be evangelical about it in a way that's actually convincing, but a 3 is more like "here's the good, here's the bad, now go make your own decision."
The Drift Of Things 4 years ago
Well, as you may have noticed, I have no trouble writing strong criticism, haha. I usually have to rein myself in to keep from coming across as a hater. Three-star reviews are definitely easier to write, except that sometimes people expect me to justify my rating, i.e. "Why didn't you rate it higher?" But that's only because they see three stars as a "low" rating, and I do not agree. I'm like you with five-star books. I can't figure out how to translate emotions into coherent justifications. But I've come to believe that the best writing moves me in such a way that I can't describe it to other people, and those are indeed the most deserving books.
Caroline (guest) 4 years ago
As usual you have picked up on a phenomenon that the rest of us bump over unthinkingly..... You are so right about books we adore. It is horrendously difficult to praise the books we love. They just leave us speechless, superlatives crushed underfoot. My swearing is limited. Thus it would have to be damn, damn, damn....damn good book! Your is much more articulate - as always.
Caroline (guest) 4 years ago
BTW, as a visitor BookLikes won't let me press the like button :-(
The Drift Of Things 4 years ago
Ha ha, Caroline, I've noticed you're not much for cursing. I seem to have been adding more naughty words to my reviews since I started posting them here on BL.
No worries about the likes. You can just like them over on GR. I think it's neat that they will let you sign in and comment as a guest without joining.