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Friday, December 3, 2010

Friday Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop

Question of the Day:    
"What very popular and hyped book in the blogosphere did you NOT enjoy and how did you feel about posting your review?"

 I am always very conflicted about posting a negative review.  In fact, I have basically decided that I will follow the Mrs. Thumper rule:  "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all."  So even if I don't like a book much I try to find and mention some positive aspect of that book.  An example of that is my review of Evermore by Alyson Noel.  I didn't care for the book, but my students like it.  That is the aspect I will focus on.


  1. I agree with trying to find a positive aspect of a book, even if I didn't care for the book much. Focusing on the fact that your students enjoyed it is a good idea. :)

    Happy Hopping!

  2. Good for you for focusing on the positive. I didn't care for EVERMORE either, even though I know lots of people love the series. Oh well, there are plenty of other books in the library ...

    Glad to have found you via the Hop!

  3. That is a good way to do it. Sometimes, it's hard to find something positive to focus on, though. I had a hard with that when I reviewed The Devil Wears Prada.

  4. Writing negative reviews can be hard, but sometimes I find they are the most helpful for me. Like when I'm browsing on goodreads, sometimes I'll check out the negative reviews to see what people don't like about a book. It helps me be a little more selective about what I read, since there are so many books out there.

  5. I've heard a lot of the same sentiment from other readers about disliking Ever, however, a lot of them still enjoyed the series. I'm still unsure whether I'll read it, but am not anxious to do so anytime soon!

  6. Good idea and good for you for looking for the positives!

  7. I did not care for the Davinci Code. In fact, I can't read Dan Brown; he's not a very good writer.

  8. Mrs. Thumper? I always thought that was my mother's rule. I don't write negative reviews either, although I point out things I didn't love in books that I liked.


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