Thursday, June 3, 2010

Thursday Thoughts: What About The Books I Don't Finish?

I have been thinking a lot about making sure that my reviews are fair.  While it seems like a lot of the books I review get high marks, this is mostly because I only review the books I finish, and I usually only finish the books I enjoy.

So my question to my readers today is this:  Would it be helpful or beneficial for you to know which books I don't finish? 

I started thinking about this after I commented on a post by Stella from Ex Libris's when she was posting for ArmchairBEA, Armchair BEA: To post or not to post, that is the question....  Her post was about the posting of poor reviews.  We all read books, and eventually we all meet a book we don't care for. If I finish the book, I will review it, and post that review.  If I give up, however, the book goes away, and I never say anything more about it.  I don't feel like I should review something I haven't read completely.  Would you like to know which books hit this road block and are not going to be reviewed?  Of course, I would give you my reasons and let you know why I chose not to finish the book.

I want you to know that I am being honest and fair in my reviews of the books that I am reading.  And perhaps posting the ones I don't finish would give you the chance to talk me out of setting that one down for good.  If I send a book to this pile perhaps you can convince me to give it a chance.

  • What do you think?  
  • Do you want to know which books didn't make it to review and why? 
  • Would this be helpful to you?
  • Of course if I do this it will have to have a name for the feature--any ideas?

5 comments:

  1. I think this would be highly beneficial. I think it would make everything more honest all around. :)

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  2. I haven't had too many did not finish so fars--but sometimes you don't get the book and I would like to know if the book did or didn't work for you..reading one book now where I'm forcing myself to finish it..

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  3. I've been thinking about the same thing. Most of my reviews are pretty good because there are so many books I want to read, if I don't love something quickly, I give up.

    I don't post anything about the books I don't finish because I'm not sure the info would be all that meaningful. A lot of times the book just isn't the right book for me in that moment, which says nothing about its literary merit or whether somebody else would enjoy it.

    If you can really articular what it is about a book that you didn't like, though, it might be useful for others to know.

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  4. Thank you all for your thoughts! I appreciate what you have to say. I have always wondered about those books I can't finish, and perhaps I should mention them so you have an idea why I didn't make it through.

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  5. I've been contemplating the same issue. While I've only had a few thus far that I couldn't finish, everytime I decide not to, I'm left wondering if I should mention it. I agree with Melanie- if you can explain why you didn't like it, I'm sure readers would find your opinion valuable.
    Great post!

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