How do you write reviews for a book you think is just okay?
Let me be even more specific because this is something I came up against last night. I haven’t yet written my review and I’m still fuddling with the idea of how. This book is a non-fiction about gardening. Just having bought a house with an actual yard, a huge freaking yard, I’m super excited about gardening. I don’t have a black thumb but my green thumb days are way behind me. I don’t even know why but that’s why I was so excited about this book!
I found this lovely book on Netgalley and jumped at the chance to review it. Sadly, by chapter three there was so much overwhelming information that my chest was hurting!
I think I have less of an idea on how to garden than I did before I opened the book. How can that be?!
So, I did not DNF, I wanted to see if I could glean anything from this that would be useful enough that I could start my garden. There are quite a few tips but by the end I knew this was not for the first time gardener.
I think I feel more comfortable when I DNF a book because I know my reasoning and I can explain to an author or publisher why I couldn’t get to the end. But this is another story. The verbiage is over my head, completely. She talks a lot about compost, which I get why you should start there, but I don’t even know how to compost! What’s funny is she talks about having anecdotes about her own gardening experience but this is so chock full of gardening science that I missed most of the anecdotes, sadly. I thought I would have enjoyed this more had I understand some of her foibles.
So, what do you do in circumstances when a book is good enough and you know it will be great for some, but just does not work for what you needed it for? I know in this case I needed something more like a KISS book and should have started with that but I like to jump before I look. Honestly, I think I’ve learned more on pinterest than I have in this book. It was a quick read but only because I started skimming after my chest started hurting.
I also realize that the author obviously knows quite a lot about gardening. By the cover and synopsis I thought that this was for beginners but I’m not sure if I was just overzealous and excited and HOPED that it was for beginners. Although the synopsis does not point to who the audience actually is.
In the end I think I’ll write a review that says exactly that. I’m going to have to find another book that will be able to help me from the ground up, so to speak. Maybe after I understand that I will be able to come back to this one and use it as reference.
Do you write reviews for books that you know are not right for you?