Mondays are for deep discussions.

We’ve all been there. At least I hope I’m not alone in this #ForeverAloneAgain You read a book and by the time it comes down to writing a review, suddenly, you can’t. Lately I’ve been having that problem a lot. Some books you can read and by the time you’re done you’ll have nothing to say; not just positive feedback or negative, but anything at all. It was good. I enjoyed it; I liked that one part and then it was over. Those forgettable books are difficult to review since nothing stays with you but you sort of have to review them anyway – it’s kind of the whole point of being a book reviewer. Is it not?!

But, don’t we get a few outs? Can we read a book and have nothing to say about it and move on? Do book reviewers have to review every single book? Even if the review is a paragraph long and has no useful information?

Truth is when that Goodreads challenge is almost over and I have a couple of books to read to reach it because otherwise I’ll be beating myrself up for not doing it and it will be there, on the sidebar of my profile mocking me for not being able to read a few more books –  JUST A FEW MORE BOOKS DAMN IT – then I novella after novella like a crazy person or going through the year’s books and leaving reviews like it’s so good, I liked it, and truth is you did like it, but I’m only reviewing because I need that even number more than I need my next book. No, wait, I don’t mean that. I DIDN’T MEAN THAT YOU PRECIOUS BOOK, I’M SORRY, I LOVE YOU!

Going through my very first reviews, let’s say they were embarrassingly non review-ish. I have my moments; some of my reviews are super long because I have a lot of things to say and some are just embarrassingly tiny because I don’t – doesn’t matter if I liked the book or not, what matters is that I have stuff to say.

But when I don’t? What happens then? Is it okay to not review? Does that apply to ARCs too?

I’m sure if I go through my shelves I’ll find books I haven’t reviewed – and for the life of me I won’t even remember them after all these years to review. It’s the reason why I’m reviewing in the first place; to see, years later, if I liked it or not and the reasons – mainly so I won’t have to read it again and remember I’ve read it a few pages in. #BookwormProblems #ItHappensOkay #DontJudgeMe

When it comes to ARCs I feel the pressure of reviewing. I feel like a special snowflake; the author trusted me with this gem and I had the privilege to read it so I have to review it and spread the awesomeness.

Don’t get me started on my Amazon reviews – nobody’s definition of fun is copy pasting reviews to cross post them, okay?! And Amazon has a thing about my curse words so it won’t accept my reviews on the first try unless I edit them but some reviews need some fucking colorful words in it, okay, Amazon?!

So, do tell. Do you review all your books and have you felt like you had to review a book because it was an ARC?


8 thoughts on “TO REVIEW OR NOT TO REVIEW?”

  1. I love this post. You have pretty much taken all the thoughts from my brain and put them in this post. I am writing in a few days a similar post about sucking at doing reviews and I found this post super helpful in organising my thoughts. I will be mentioning ( and linking!) this post when I have mine up in a couple of days.

  2. I have never felt compelled to review all the books I read, and I think that helps me stay away from burnout. I also request very few ARCs and so have reviewed nearly all of them except about two I just didn’t get around to on Netgalley. However, I do read fairly quickly (though I’ve seen bloggers who read FAR more books than I do per year), so I think that helps. If someone reads less for whatever reason (maybe they have more of a social life than I do!) and they have fewer books to choose from to feature on their blog, that may be more difficult if they feel compelled to post reviews to have content.
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    1. For me it depends on the amount of books I get how fast I read. I’ve become faster these last few years, it’s not the reading that I have a problem with, it;s what comes after. I read fast and a lot of books so they pile up and when it comes to reviewing, I have too many books and not enough time to review – it takes times writing a proper review.
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    1. I remember once I tried to post a review on Amazon for an entire day and there was apparently a word I couldn’t post, don’t even remember which one, so I just deleted the whole thing and replaced with a few sentences, so frustrating! DNFs are surprisingly easy to write but yeah, usually not good reviews…. Thanks for stopping by!
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