Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Tell Me Something Tuesday: Do You Give One-Star Reviews?

Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings where a wide range of topics from books to blogging are discussed. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

This week's discussion question is:

Do you give one-star reviews?

Personally, I absolutely give one-star reviews. I don't give one-stars often, but I have no problem giving out a one-star review if I disliked a book that much.

Looking at my Goodreads account, I've given about ten one-star reviews, but that's probably not an accurate reflection. (And one of those one-star reviews is an extremely well-loved book, so it just goes to show you that people's opinions vary greatly).

I don't give a lot of one-stars, however, for a couple reasons. One of these reasons is that I have to really, really dislike a book to give it one star, and if I really dislike a book, I'm probably not going to finish it and it will end up as a DNF. There are a few exceptions to this, and that's usually when I either have to read the book for an assignment and dislike it or because it's one of those that I just feel obliged to finish. This is also the case if I am reading a review copy that I promised to read and review, although I'm not entirely sure if that has actually happened. I'll also sometimes finish a book and give it one-star if it's because I want to specifically share my opinions regarding a certain book - for instance, it might be beneficial to share a one-star for books that promote unhealthy relationships or things of that nature so that others can be warned and aware That's not necessarily to get them to not read the book, but moreso to just be aware of what's going on with the book.

Suffice to say, I will absolutely give a one-star if the situation requires it, but one-stars are often rare because I'm more likely to simply DNF the book.

So now I pose the same question to you: Do you give one-star reviews?


  1. I would give a one star too if a book warranted it, although I don't know if I have yet (at least on goodreads). I've had a few 2 stars, but I guess being a mood reader and not doing ARC's I am pretty lucky to usually pick out stuff I like.

    But I agree with you- if I did have a one star and didn't DNF it, I would probably want to share my reasons why, so at least people knew my feelings on whatever was objectionable.

  2. I'm like you. If I really dislike a book, I tend to DNF it pretty early on and just assume it's not a book for me and move on. If I did finish a book and strongly disliked it, I probably would go ahead and give it 1 star. I tend to give a lot more 2 star than 1 star ratings.