As an avid reader I invest hours reading sample chapters and reviews on amazon looking for books I find appealing.
I usually don't put too much into ratings unless there are several—obviously reviews are subjective. Occasionally I'll come across a tasteless, arguably-inappropriate rambling regarding how “f*&%ing awful!” something is. I'm often tempted to jump to the author's defense, reading the book for ammunition.
If I research an author or book, purchase it and spend hours reading it, I'm good about reaching out to that author and telling them how much I enjoyed their work--if I enjoyed their work. I guess I don't have the heart to 2-star somebody just because their writing style doesn’t suit me (but that’s just me).
I recently read a review from an, Amanda Emma. It started,
"I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Find this review and other reviews like it on my blog Little Miss Reader."
As I read the review, I was taken aback by how crass her words were. I decided to read other reviews by Amanda. I was appalled to read that she read only "8%" of a book, but gave it a one-star rating. There were a few of these.
I understand why reviews are important. I also know how much work goes into producing a book, and how hurtful negative feedback can be when it’s given unconstructively. If I don't enjoy a book, my one or two-star rating probably isn’t going to make a difference. If, however, I were going to give a negative review, it would be only after I read every single page.
I have a few paperbacks from some of my favorite authors that I’ve read about eight percent of. It didn’t grab me. I get it. But I would never rate it.
Here’s her list of reviews if you want to see for yourself.