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  1. thebookishuniverse says

    I totally feel this way and that’s why to try to analyse my initial thoughts. I made a post about how reviews should be, if you care to see it.
    I really liked this post and I’d love to know what you yhink about my reviews and if you think they’re critical

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages says

      i loved your post on how you think reviews should be! i’m a bit inspired to write something similar (if you don’t mind).. i really enjoy reading your reviews and other blog posts. thanks for the feedback on critical reviews! <3

  2. Tamara says

    I think how you describe being critical in reviews is totally accurate. I’ve been working on being more critical myself, though I still tend to only write reviews for books I enjoyed unless I specifically received a book for review.

    • alexandra @ twirlingpages says

      being critical is quite tough! i completely understand what you mean when you say you tend to write reviews for books you enjoyed; we usually just have more to say. hopefully we’ll learn how to be more critical. 🙂

  3. tattooedpages says

    This was a brilliant post. I completely 100% believe that when reviewing a book you should also point out the things that irked you even if you loved the book. It can be difficult especially if you love the author’s other books (this was me when reviewing An Abundance of Katherines). And I agree when you say that no book is 100% perfect. All in all critical reviews are a yay for me, but they should be done in a tastful manner.

  4. Mariah Smith says

    Definitely a yay! I used to gush and gab about my favorite books (please don’t ever read my SJM reviews, dear lord), and usually never said anything bad or felt super awkward about doing it. I would tip toe around the idea that there was something I didn’t like about the book, but never outright state it because I didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. But now I’m like all about the mindset of being honest. Critical reviews are GOOD! It gives the author notions of what doesn’t work for their readers and maybe they should change (if they want too and are comfortable with it).

    Great post, Alexandra! 🙂

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