Friday, October 15, 2010

Book Blogger Hop: Giving Up On A Book

I read.  A lot.  (Really, Syl?  Who would have guessed?)

I don't just read books; I read forums, websites, Twitter links, and blogs.  I'm always on the look-out for more avenues to feed my reading addiction.  I also search for the top review blogs and analyze them to help improve my reviwing skills.  I created an account on Technorati and started combing through their lists of top blogs by category. 

Recently, I've become a fan of Crazy For Books, brainchild of Jennifer, a thirty-something blogger from New York state.  Jennifer is the creator of the Book Blogger Hop.  Similar to Follow Fridays on Twitter, the Blogger Hop runs from Friday to Monday and offers book bloggers a chance to connect with each other. 

One of the features of the Blogger Hop is a weekly question related to books and/or blogging.  This week, the question is: "When you read a book that you just can't get into, do you stick it out and keep reading or move to your next title?"

This is a timely question for me, since I'm in the process of writing a review for a book I loathed.  I forced myself to read the majority of the book but, when I got to an especially graphic, offensive, and gratuitous scene, I finally gave up and skipped to the end of the book to see if the primary antagonist was who I thought it would be.  (She was.) 

I've been debating whether or not to publish this review, which is why it's taking so long for the review to appear here.  When I started The Muse Reviews, I made a promise to myself - and my readers - to read all the books, see all the movies, and use all the products I review so I could give an informed opinion.  I didn't want to be one of those reviewers that bases a review on reading a press release or visiting a website that discusses the product.  If I didn't finish the book, how can I say I kept that promise? 

I'm still figuring out how to cope.  I don't imagine I will love ever book, movie, or product I review, but I the decisions I make now will affect The Muse Reviews in the future.  One of the stipulations of participating in the Blogger Hop is to visit other blogs and network.  I think I'll see how my fellow bloggers have handled this situation. 

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  1. Ooh now I really want to know what this book was that you loathed! I feel for you though, being given a book to review that you ended up not liking would be one of the hardest things for me to do. I wish you luck with that :)
    Great answer!

    Hop on by! :D

  2. Thanks for the encouragement. I'll probably post a review, but I have to decide how to be honest without seeming malicious. Meh.

  3. I found your blog via the hop-as I read for my own purposes I almost never post on books I do not like-I am now a new follower of your blog and look forward to reading your future posts

  4. Happy Follow Friday!!! Hope you will stop by my blog too! My publisher and I are looking for a group of bloggers for a huge blog tour next year before the release of book two in my 'A Sense of Truth' series! We will be giving out a few more copies of The Thirteenth Chime (we can only give out so many, being open to e-books gives an upper hand) and are still open to all interviews and guest posts. We want to fill up the Amazon page with reviews and try to reach as many people as we can!!! Hope you might consider being a part of the team! Thank you either way!

    Emma Michaels

  5. It's especially hard when it comes to graphic content that offends you.... because while you might dislike the author's choice of topics, it doesn't say anything about their style of writing.

    I would say, as long as you are honest in your review about your reasons for reading it the way you did, then it would be a very telling review. Make sure you comment on the quality of the writing too, and not just the offensiveness of the topic. Then people can decide for themselves if they will be bothered or not by events in the book.

    I would definitely want to read your review though, especially because of how you felt about it. Reading all fluffy, happy reviews all the time isn't helpful at all. It's better when you can find both the good and the bad.

    Check out my Blog Hop and Follow Friday HERE!

  6. Well, I finally took the plunge and wrote the review. I hate giving negative reviews but I just couldn't avoid it this time.

    Read it here:

  7. Read the review you mentioned here, and you did keep it honest! so kudos.

    - Dee from e-Volving Books
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