I signed up to do RiverMoose’s June & July ARC TBR Takedown Read-A-Thon. Each week, there’s an optional blog topic to tackle. I didn’t “officially” do the first one (June 1st: What ARCs do you currently have? + Top Ten Most Anticipated To Read Arcs), as my TTT post for that week covered it fairly well.
June 8th: What do you do when you have to DNF or negatively review an arc?
Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever not finished an ARC. I feel like when I signed up for the ARC I committed to finish it. Also, I’ve written about this before but I am not really a book quitter. I rarely do not finish a book I’ve started, even if it’s a long journey for me to get to the end.
I do feel bad if I’ve gotten an ARC and I don’t like it, but I try to be honest in my review. I like to let the person reading my review know what didn’t work for me (and what I did like). And just because I didn’t like the book doesn’t mean everyone won’t like it. I always feel terrible writing a negative review because I hate to hurt an author’s feelings, but at the same time I want to be honest. It’s a fine line to be honest but not hurtful, and I do my best there.
I definitely have gotten better about requesting books that I know are up my alley. I am more selective in my requests in a genre I usually don’t read, as I don’t want to read something I don’t enjoy and leave a negative review for the author.
One of the reasons that I love books is that there is something for everyone out there, and we don’t all have to love the same genres to share our love reading. Which is what makes books and our book blogging community amazing!