Today’s discussion is somewhat controversial. It has to do with Goodreads and the many books that have one-star ratings when the book is still in the editing phase, no ARCs are out and the book hasn’t even been published yet. While I understand why some people do this, especially with books that may be problematic/harmful I think there are better ways of going about things. There are ways to comment on Goodreads without rating a book, there are also other ways like emailing the publisher directly. Yes, if a book is possibly problematic/harmful I want to know about it, I want to know what makes the book problematic/harmful. I also want to know how and why it is in an honest way, meaning from people who have read the book.
I never rate or review books that I haven’t read, I feel like it is a dishonest practice. I have a responsibility as a reviewer, to be honest. I know that this topic is iffy, and I do see both sides, I just wanted to voice my opinion.
Here are some other blog posts that I have found about this topic: