1. Wait a few days. Sometimes the initial rage a book gives me fades. Cooler heads prevail and some stuff that made me angry was subjective and not a reason to slam a book.
2. Reread the summary. Did the summary match what I read? Sometimes I expect things from a book it didn’t deliver. Was that me or was it the summary that made my perceptions not line up with reality?
3. Check the genre. I am looking for fantasy reads, preferably Urban Fantasy for an adult audience. I spend a lot of time settling for Young Adult, Paranormal Romance and so on. Sometimes what I hated is a genre standard, and I try not to hate on a book because it’s a romance with fantasy elements and I wanted the reverse.
4. Look at what else the author published. A book catalog sometimes puts a book in perspective and allows me to be kinder.
5. Read another book by that author. Sometimes I need to live in that writer’s style for over one book before I relate to what he or she is doing.
6. Read other people’s reviews. Did someone else enjoy something I missed? Was this book just not meant for me? Others perspectives can help.
7. I focus on what I liked about the book. What kept me reading? If I finished the work there must be some redeemable qualities, what drove me forward and is that more powerful than what annoyed me?
Tell me about your process. Do you refrain from commenting on bad work? Do you dive into a bad review without pause? Do you try to be balanced or lean in to your personal views? Tell me anything related book reviews or what you love/hate in books.
Looking for more posts about the reviews process? Check out my personal blog where I wonder: “Does writing a bad review hurt me as a writer?” Or read more with the North Alabama Writers’ Group with “Would You Rather?” a question on which kind of negative feedback you’d prefer to see.
If you’re looking for positive reviews try my Kindle Unlimited series. So far I recommend the Secondborn Series and the Dragon Ridden Series. Let me know if you have other thoughts or suggestions. And as always, feel free to check out my Goodreads profile to see all the good and bad reviews.