Friday, August 9, 2013

Book Blogger Hop - 8/9 - 8/15


I am out of town again today and Monday, but will try to check in some time this weekend or when I get home.

Have a good day, and a good weekend.



If you don't like a book that you said you would review, do you graciously turn it down and explain why or do you struggle through it and hopefully come up with a half decent review?


I try my best to like the book, but at times struggle through it.  

For the most part, though, I write to the author or publisher and explain that I really thought the book would be something I would enjoy and be able to write a review for.  They are gracious about it.  I never had any bad experiences, but I do feel bad.

No sense reading something difficult to enjoy and then just writing a mediocre review.  I am sure there are many other bloggers that can help them with a book that is in their preferred genre.

Looking forward to seeing how you handle this situation.


  1. Happy Friday!!

    Don't read any books you don't want to. :)

  2. I generally struggle through it but probably shouldn't.

  3. I always want to read through because sometimes novels redeem themselves, but it's not always worth my time! I've had one bad experience, so I try to be selective about what books I accept! Thanks for sharing, I hope you have a great weekend!
    My Friday Post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

  4. Yeah, I guess continue reading these kinds of books because I hope it will get better later on. Of course this doesn't happen all the time.

    Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi, Elizabeth!

    As you know from my own answer, I totally agree with you! It's just VERY uncomfortable for me to try to struggle through a book I can't stand! And if I'm participating in a blog tour, it wouldn't look good for the author if I were to do a negative review.

    Of course, there are certain genres I never read, like horror and erotica. I can't stand those two genres!! So of course I never sign up to review such books.

    I also detest profanity in fiction, whether novels or short stories, so I try to avoid that, as well. That's why I've gravitated so much toward YA books. Nothing rattles my nerves so much as encountering "the F bomb", or even worse, "the MF bomb", in a book!!

    Thanks for your thoughts, and thanks as well for visiting and commenting on my BBH post!! : )

    (BTW, I noticed you're not linked up to the hosting blog. Maybe it was an oversight...just thought I'd let you know, just in case...)

  6. I haven't done a BBH in a really long time --- but the question this time is a good one, and it's interesting to see what people say.

    I think it's always a good idea to be gracious, whether you're turning down a request for a review, or whether you get through the book and don't like it. :)

  7. I received a book a few months ago to read and review, however when I started to read the book, I found it was about ghosts and paranormal things, both of which I do not read. Therefore, I wrote an e-mail and explained why I would not be reading or reviewing the book.

    If the book is just boring I continue to read and write my review. Sometimes after reading a boring book, when I think about it, it comes together in the end.

  8. I think that is the key, to be gracious. I have tried to get through a book or two for review and when I cant I email them and let them know what is going on and offer my thougths till that point (if they ask) and reply that if I do pick it up later that I will email them ad let them know before I publish the review.

  9. Good response! It's great you've had good experiences when telling the authors that you don't love their books.

    Thanks for commenting on my BBH!

    Ashling @ Reading, Writing, & Anything but Arithmetic

  10. don't read book you don't enjoy.visiting and following back.