Let’s Talk Blogger to Blogger: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

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Let's Talk Blogger to Blogger: Do you review every book you read?

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It seems like the longer I blog, the more I pull away from posting regular reviews and do more of my own thing. As bloggers, that’s one thing that we are constantly telling others, “Do what makes you happy.” Even though, at least for me, there are times when I have done things on my blog for other people, or just because I felt like I HAD TO.

For example, reviews. This mainly stems from ARC guilt – we ask for the book, we “should” read/review it right? But after a while, doesn’t it get tedious? Doesn’t it get taxing? For someone who used to read 5 books a week, and reviewed each one, I can tell you IT DOES.

Lately, I’ve found that I am very selective on what reviews I post on my blog. There are many reasons for this, but time would be the main factor. What I have queued up for the week usually plays a part, too.  I just don’t care to have 5 reviews a week on my blog (just a personal preference). Reviews aren’t read as much as they used to be, and for me, it kinda sucks when you pour all that into a post that isn’t read. Even 3 years later. But I digress.

Related: Are Reviews a Lost Art?

I still review books I’ve read on Amazon and Goodreads, like I would if they were on my blog. For me, I am able to accept more books for review, should that be an option, and spend more time reading than having to “worry” about writing a review for a TON of books I’ve read. In conjunction with that, I’ve found that there are more and more books lately that I just don’t have a lot to say about OR it’s a sequel or series ending book that you can’t even really discuss without spoilers. i.e. The Raven King. 

So, what am I do to? I could also incorporate another mini review type post but those take longer to draft than regular review posts, IMHO. Not sure how I will handle it, I just know that reviewing all books on my blog just isn’t happening anymore.

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  • Do you review every book you read? Why or why not?
  • What platform do you think is best for book reviews? Blogs, Goodreads, Amazon, etc.
  • Authors, do you have a preference on where reviews are posted?
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31 responses to “Let’s Talk Blogger to Blogger: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

  1. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I try to review each book that I read. I do it for discussions, but I also like to have something to go back to. I could do that with Goodreads, but I like all the information I put into my Ultimate Book Blogger plugin that is sortable and tagged for me to easily find. The plugin also lets me automatically share my post to Goodreads, so I can get the interaction and tracking there. Those are the two platforms I use most. At times I will remember to take all my reviews and post them over at Amazon, but that is more of an afterthought. When I look for new books, I mainly look on Goodreads or other blogs. If they look good, then I will check out Amazon’s reviews before I actually hit the buy button. It’s a lot of work sometimes, and I don’t post reviews everyday, but I do like to do them.
    Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict recently posted…Review ~ Archangel’s Enigma by Nalini Singh @NaliniSinghMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      I’ve heard a lot about the plugin. I should check it out! I’m pretty good about cross posting, but I’m more selective on what i post on my blog now.

  2. Karen Blue

    I do review every book I read. I review them on my blog first and then cross post to at least goodreads, and sometimes to amazon. I like to talk about the books I have read and so I review them.
    I read a lot of reviews, and I kinda think it should be the basis for any “book blogger” but that’s just me. If I come across a book blogger that doesn’t post any reviews I keep on going. I try to post at least one a week, but my goal is always 3.
    I, personally, am not interested in a book blog with just bookish discussions or tips on how to blog.
    I did notice a trend of book bloggers posting less and less reviews, or none at all, but I don’t plan on going that route.
    Karen Blue recently posted…How Do You Feel About Cosmetic Surgery? ~Beyond the BooksMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      I get it. Reviews are the foundation of my blog but I’m just finding so many cracks in it, ya know? I don’t think I would ever stop reviewing as a whole, just not every single book on my blog.

      I don’t know WHY reviews are going out as a whole, they are pretty important for books.

  3. irena_bookdustmagic

    I review almost every book I read. I say almost, because sometimes I don’t write review soon after finishing a book and then time pass and you know how it goes… You forget a lot of things from book/don’t feel like you’re able to review it as good as you would if you reviewed it immediately or just don’t feel like it.

    If I got a free copy for review, I’ll 100% review it, but sometimes I won’t review it around the releasing day bc I’m behind with my reading.

    The reason why I review almost everything I read is because I don’t read many books, I am a slow reader, so writing two book reviews (sometimes less, sometimes more) is not a problem, but if I read 5 books per week, I doubt I would review all of them.

    Writing reviews takes a lot of time. It takes me sth like 1 hour to write a decent review. I pour my soul into them, but the reason why I am doing it is because I love it.
    The moment I feel like it’s something I do for others and not for myself, I think I’ll stop or I’ll just take a long break.

    I feel like I’m getting a lot just from writing reviews: imporving my English as it’s not my native language, analysing the novel from perspective I wouldn’t otherwise and what I started to do lately, I started to “read as the writer would”, if that makes sense.
    So yeah, right now I am in love with writing reviews and sometimes they are good, sometimes they are just random ramblings but it makes me happy.

    And even though I am a book blogger, my reviews are more accepted on Goodreads which makes sense bc there are more people who read books there then on blogosphere and especially on my blog.
    irena_bookdustmagic recently posted…Short Story Review: In A New York Minute by Claudia CarrollMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      I’m so behind on reviews books, it’s unreal.

      Being a slow reader is something I’m finding a lot of other bloggers have, and it makes sense to review more if you read less. (if that makes sense lol)

  4. Silvara

    I ~try~ to review every book I read. But if I sit there and can’t come up with more than a few sentences for the review, leave it for a day, come back and still can’t think of anything to write? I skip the book and move on. Some books just don’t leave enough of an impression for there to be anything to say about them, good or bad.

    So far I’ve been able to review all the ARC’s I’ve read, though a few of them have been iffy and I really had to think to come up with enough to say about them! But if it’s not an ARC, just a book I own or was gifted by family or something? There’s too many books I want/need to get to, to waste time worrying about writing a review for a book that I just didn’t care about either way.

    As for where I post reviews? Always on my blog. Always (now!) on GoodReads, since I have Ashley’s plugin that allows me to set up the auto-send when I’m writing up my post. And I cross-post all ARC’s to Amazon, but not the non-ARC’s.

    I try to post 3 reviews a week on my blog. I was thinking of upping it to 4 a week because I have so many Cozies that I’m backlogged on, but I haven’t decided for sure. And this past month it’s been 1-2 a week because it’s my RL busy season and I just haven’t had the time to read.
    Silvara recently posted…Pale Demon (The Hollows #9) by Kim Harrison (review)My Profile

    • tonyalee

      Exactly. I would hate to force something on myself just to have the review there, ya know? Do you like that plug in? I haven’t tried it out yet!

      • Silvara

        I love the plug in! It makes it so easy to send the reviews. And I like that I can set it up to link back to my blog and/or the review itself. You can also choose to send the review in it’s entirety, or just put in a shortened review. Depending on if you paste it all in the box, or just parts of it.
        Silvara recently posted…August 2016 Wrap-UpMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      I think the secondary question to the main one is, do you review all books on your BLOG? I sometimes only review on Goodreads and Amazon.

    • tonyalee

      Good point. I don’t read half as much as i used to, but there are times when I just don’t want to write a review, or post it on my blog. haha

  5. Braine

    If it’s an arc I do a review. I have to admit though, I’ve been so lazy lately so I do review dumps lol

  6. Valerie

    I wasn’t going to review every book, especially if they were not ARCs, but as of recently (in order to have more content for posts), I’ve been writing mini reviews. So in those, I don’t really go into depth about the plot or summary. I don’t tend to say much when I LOVE a book (and surprise surprise I like a lot of backlist books), so it’s easier to just spit out a two paragraph review saying how much a love it. Compared to maybe..5 little paragraphs which is my norm. 🙂
    Valerie recently posted…More Double Reviews: Sabriel & The Song Of AchillesMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      I understand writing mini reviews for content. I used to do that, when I didn’t have something big planned or just needed something to post. But drafting those posts are a pain in the butt

  7. Rabiah

    You bring up so many amazing points. It does get tedious writing reviews for every book, and it slows down the pace that I can read. I can’t get to read a book until I finish writing a review, and then that’s a whole process because sometimes I’m super lazy and don’t want to get to it…but I WANT TO READ! Ugh, it can be such a problem. I don’t review books that aren’t YA and Middle Grade though, unless they’re SUPER amazing that I need to share my thoughts on it with people. Great post!! 😀
    Rabiah recently posted…Interview with Joshua David BellinMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      Interesting points! When I had two blogs, it was a lot harder to read/review and post. Maybe if I only review certain types of books, that would cut down? IDK! haha

  8. Laura

    I review most of the books I read purely because I read quite slowly these days, so I would literally never have a review to post if I didn’t review every one! Although I have been thinking lately too about whether to even keep going with reviews at all. As you say, they can get kind of tedious after a while (even though I don’t write anywhere nearly as many as it sound like you did at one point!), and whilst they take a lot of time they aren’t even read that much unless it’s of a really popular book. I also don’t enjoy writing them as much as discussion posts and list posts, so I may cut back anyway and just review the books I really feel compelled to review.
    Great post! 🙂
    Laura recently posted…Five Reasons To Read The ClassicsMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      Getting rid of them all? Interesting thought. I don’t think I could, simply because it’s the foundation of my blog, but cut back for sure. But as you made a point, how many books I read may play a part, too. But I don’t read half as much as I used to either.

  9. Ruby @ Ruby's Books

    I review almost all of the books I read. Almost, because I don’t review DNFs. I don’t review books every day, because then I’d end up in about 2 months without having anything to write about. It sounds sad, but it takes less time for me to write a review than it takes to read the book. The hardest books to review, like you said, are usually the last ones in a series, because you’re trying to avoid spoilers as much as you can. In that case, I usually talk about my feelings (can you tell I’m a psychologist?). I talk about what I felt about the book, the ending, if I thought it was fitting, if I’m happy with how it ended, stuff like that. And if you feel like you should write a mini review, do that, it’s your blog at the end of the day and you don’t have a set number of words that you have to hit in order to press “Publish” on a post. The strangest thing though, I feel guilty if I only post a review on Goodreads and not my blog. It sounds super insane, I am well aware of that, but my blog is where I review books the most, it’s also the place where I started to review books, so whenever I write even just two sentences of a review in another place and not on my blog, I feel so guilty. Does that make me weird? Or does it even make sense?
    Ruby @ Ruby’s Books recently posted…Book Review: Ecstasy Unbound by Setta JayMy Profile

    • tonyalee

      That answers me question then and totally makes sense. Personally, I’m finding that I’m reviewing more outside of my blog, then on it. Not sure why that is, other than time. But there are times when I just don’t have much to say.

  10. Marg

    I always post at least a few thoughts on Goodreads, but I most definitely do not post full reviews for every book I read. First of all, I don’t have the time. In addition to wanting a review post on my blog to be more thoughtful and involved than a couple of reactionary sentences, I just don’t devote the same amount of time on my blog as I once did. Secondly, I like to only post 3+ star reviews on my blog. Thirdly, I don’t go into every book with the mindset that it’s a review book. I love my blog, but some books are just for me or aren’t under the umbrella of my blog. Sometimes I’m reading for work or for an event. Finally, I reread a lot via audio. I’m not going post reviews of a book AND its audiobook.

    I will say I miss the days when reviews were read more. I just don’t have the creativity or (again) the time to come up with features for everything. For me, the best way to talk about a book is through a review so I do prefer to post reviews over other content.
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    • tonyalee

      My thoughts exactly. I don’t think my question, or point, was coming across how I wanted it to LOL

      I guess I’m just starting to get burned out on them – even though that is the root of my blog. ANd yes, I hate how they aren’t read as much anymore!

  11. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    I get this dilemma because this is a question I am constantly asking myself, should I be reviewing more books? I feel like I should because I feel terrible that some of my favourite reads tend to be the ones which get forgotten for reviewing because figuring our how to transfer my flailing into coherent sentences is difficult. I don’t think every book deserves a review, there are plenty of books I enjoyed but have very few thoughts on that I would rather leave unreviewed. I think it’s all about deciding which books deserve your time and attention for reviewing. I sometimes find myself hanging on to a review for a book everyone has been talking about if I haven’t been able to get it out at the beginning so it isn’t another review lost in a crowd. Then, when it comes to lesser known books, especially if they’re older, I like to try and write a review because they deserve the love. I don’t know, it all depends how much I have to say really.

  12. Trish @ Between My Lines

    I tend to write a few lines on GR for every book, but nope I don’t review every book on the blog. I do twitteresque rounds up every now and again where I give brief reviews on a few books together. Like you I don’t want constant reviews on the blog, and if I review too many books, then I have no energy to pour into writing other posts. I rarely post on Amazon, unless it’s a book from a publisher, then I would cross post.
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  13. Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

    Ah, so much nope. Generally speaking, if I bought the book, the chances are slim to none that I’ll ever review it. The exception is, if I just loved it THAT MUCH, I will try to review it on Amazon and Goodreads at least, to support the author. Otherwise? Meh. I have way too many review books to worry about it, frankly. I have thought about posting a few setences on Goodreads and such. But I really don’t have the time. Otherwise, I would definitely at least post SOMETHING for every book I read. I do occasionally do “Books I’m Never Reviewing” on my blog (I’ve done 5 or 6 of them so far I think) and they’re basically just that- a few sentences, maybe a GIF or something, just some quick thoughts about books I bought and wanted to share. But I find that especially with SUPER popular books, or end of series books that I buy myself, I rarely bother.

    OH! And speaking of mini-reviews (because I do them ALLLL the time- they aren’t even very mini, they’re mostly just multiple regular reviews, but still) I have a template that I use so I don’t have to make up the post every time, because I agree, that is a HUGE PITA. But I see you use a Nose Graze theme, so if you have that and UBB, there should be a plugin to make templates- best thing EVER, especially since the newest UBB lets you list multiple books!
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  14. Melanie Simmons @mlsimmons

    I don’t review every book that I read/listen to. Like you, time is my issue. I like to leave myself time to comment back on people’s blogs who commented on mine. I like to have time to visit others blogs and read their reviews. I like to have more time to read. Writing the review and building the post takes a lot of time. I do review every book that I request for review. It is books that I’ve purchased or got from the library that I will skip. I even have entire series that I read for fun and purposely don’t review them. I like my schedule of posting three reviews per week (two on Hot Listens and one on Rabid Reads). This is a great schedule for me, but I listen to way more books than that. There are weeks that I’m able to listen to three books in one week, depending on length and what I have to do at work that week. I just don’t want to put that kind of pressure on me to review that many. Great discussion posts. 🙂
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