Why I only write nice reviews

I have got a confession to make – I only review books if I like them. I’m all about that 3 stars or above life.

Sure, my Goodreads has the odd 1 star review from books I read at university written by authors who are no longer alive, but for the most part I am a positive review kind of girl. Any book I do not finish or hate, I won’t rate or review. Being a creative is tough enough as it is without me saying how awful I found your work.

I think it is the writer in me that makes me do this. I know how it feels to pour your heart and soul into something and have someone criticise it or not take from it what you had hoped. I know how personally you can take someone’s throwaway comment, especially about something you have created. I know how tough it is to get published and have your voice heard. If someone has made it that far then I don’t want to be the one to bash them. I guess I’m just happy to see people live their dream, even if what got them there is something I didn’t enjoy.

I know a lot of reviewers take their role very seriously and want to warn the world of books to avoid as well as to love, and kudos to them – but I can’t do it. I can’t get the mental image of someone on the other end reading what I have written and being crushed by it. Sometimes I have read reviews and cringed, wondering how someone can be so cutting and so cruel about someone’s work, but that’s their choice. For me, sharing only the good is the way to go.

To be honest, I kind of like that I only put niceness out into the world. There’s a lot of negativity out there as it is without me adding to it. I know that to some people only reviewing things I like might make me seem like I don’t have ‘edge’ or seem like I am editing myself, but to me it just means I’d only recommend something I love. If you see a book on my Instagram, I’ve generally enjoyed it. Some more than others, fair enough, but you won’t find one on there that I hated.

So this is my confession – there will be no Simon Cowell-esque critique from me anytime soon. I’m okay with that.

What kind of a reviewer are you?

If you’re interested in following a page of only positive reviews, Aussie life and badly taken selfies, you can find me on Instagram at @jesskitchingwrites

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