I myself used to be one of those people who was afraid to give ratings below three stars in fear that I would offend people. I'm not like that anymore, and as my 1-year blogoversary fast approaches, I find myself becoming much more critical of books I may have given 4 or 5 stars on a whim in the past. You may be thinking that it means you'd find more low-rating reviews from me, but that doesn't seem to be the case. And here's why: I am much more selective with the books I read.
Truth be told, I used to have an enormous TBR. I still have a ton of books I haven't read yet and many more I am eagerly anticipating, but I've started to focus on reading more of the books I've been dying to read rather than the ones I might be slightly intrigued by. There's only so much time to read, and I want to make the most of it.
A few months ago, I made the mistake of picking up a book that didn't interest me that much but had received really good reviews from some of my friends, and I ended up not falling in love with it. In fact, I didn't even finish it. Although I know some people give low ratings to books they did not finish, I knew there were plenty of components in the book that other people would love and felt awkward giving it a rating when I didn't even read the whole thing.
I choose books I want to read. So is it my fault if I fall head-over-heels in love with it? It's not like I'm being any less honest; I just choose not to read books that don't interest me. If I don't like a book, I don't usually finish it. And personally, I feel like it's unfair to rate an unfinished book because there's always that sliver of a chance that it gets better. I don't mind sharing my opinions about why I didn't finish a book in case others might dislike the same things, but I don't find it necessary to rate it. Then again, maybe that's just me.
Now, I'm not saying I will never post reviews for books I DNF'd or ended up disliking, but I honestly don't understand why people would even bother reading a book they hate. There are so many books out there to read and enjoy.
So, I'll turn it over to you, my dear readers. What do you think? Do you not trust reviewers who never give low ratings? Are you selective about which books you choose to read and/or review?