Thinking Out Loud is my version of a discussion post and/or a place to just get things out of my head and off my chest. I have no plans for it to be a weekly feature, but more of a space that’s here when I have something to say.
Reviewing ALL the Books?
This topic is something I’ve been thinking about quite a bit lately, and while I originally sat down to write a review, I seem to have a mental block. So instead of doing that, I’m here to ask you – do you review ALL the books you read?
I started 2015 with a goal of reviewing each and every book I read. (Y’all, I read A LOT of freaking books and, let’s face it, it’s often not nearly as much fun to write a review as it is to read another book… which is exactly why I get behind.) It was partly that goal that led me to adding the Minute Review feature to my blog. Because, you know, I don’t always have a ton of thoughts about every book I read and why force it? But, as I sit here with (*looks at Goodreads*) ten books to review, I’m wondering if it’s necessary to review the books I read “for fun” (aka NOT from an author or publisher). Am I just overwhelmed and looking for an out? Maybe. I can admit that.
I know I’m under no obligation, per se, to review any book. Sure, when it has been given by the author or publisher for review, the expectation of a review is there, but that doesn’t always mean it’s going to happen. If I’ve read (and finished) an ARC, I always try to write at least a few sentences about it. It’s rare that I would finish a book and opt NOT to review it. (Rare, but it has happened.) But when it comes to the books I buy, am gifted or borrow – should I be forcing myself to write a review? Particularly when I tend to binge read older books that have been reviewed a thousand times? The thing that hasn’t changed, regardless of how I acquired the book or how old it is, is that someone put their heart and soul into the book. That alone makes me want to share my thoughts and, in a way, promote their book. It’s my nature. It’s my way of thanking the author for their hard work.
Bottom line is, I am probably still going to continue to put the pressure on myself to review (at some point) each and every book I read. I’m just curious how everyone else handles books they read “for fun.” Am I crazy to think it’s possible to write reviews for 400+ books in a year? Do you review “all the books” or just those you receive for review request? I’d love to hear your thoughts!