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This weeks topic is:
Do you give out one star reviews?
You know, I don’t think I do this anymore. But not for the reason you might think. I will always give an honest review of a book, and if I’ve finished it, I will rate it. But here’s the thing – until recently I have always been a trooper and forced myself to finish whatever book I’m reading. But in the past few years, I have embraced DNFing. It was something I had to really work myself up to, but when I finally did it, it improved my reading life by leaps and bounds. As most readers will tell you, there’s nothing more painful to your reading life than sitting through a book you aren’t enjoying. Now I don’t feel the need to do that. However, I also don’t find it fair to rate a book I’ve not finished, as one of the things I rate on is the overall story and how things were wrapped up. So if I’m reading a book and it’s just not grabbing me once I’m so far in, I’ll let it go. That’s not to say there are some books that are such train wrecks that I can’t walk away from them, but those are really few and far between. So…long-winded blogger much? I rarely give one star reviews anymore; I do a DNF quarterly instead listing why I walked away from a book (which reminds me, I am overdue for my June installment,) and hopefully that helps my reader buddies decide whether or not a book is for them. BUT if I was still a finish-every-book-I-start-reader, I am sure I’d have more one star books under my belt.
How about you? Do you ever give out one star reviews, or are you like me and nip it in the bud before it’s finished?