Recent Reads or Way Overdue Reviews?

November 23, 2015 Fun Questions 34

Fun Questions LogoJoin me as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Recent Reads or Way Overdue Reviews?

I was going to post a review today, but I couldn’t decide WHICH review to post. I have 24… yes TWENTY-FOUR reviews written and ready to setup and post. This year I’ve had several weeks where I didn’t post reviews as regularly as normal and it’s created more than the normal backlog. Some of these reviews are for books that I read back in February and March of this year. And I find myself really agonizing over the decision of which to post when.

As a rule, review books have always had priority for me. Which is how some of these books are still sitting, reviewed and unposted, 8 months later. But when those review books are already taken care of, how do y’all decide which reviews to post? Am I the only one with this kind of backlog? I don’t like to have more than 1 post a day – I won’t make it to all the comments if I do, plus it’s kind of an OCD thing for me. So that’s not my way of handling it. The backlog exists and will pretty much always exist.

I’ve thought about posting a range of genres, regardless of when I read the books. That way there’s a lot of variety. I’ve also thought about posting a variety of ratings – from my DNF reports to my 5 stars, so that it’s not one glowing review after another or one bad review after another. Variety is the spice of life after all, right?

And I’ve also thought about times where I’ve read one series non-stop. Do I give you those reviews back-to-back (like I read the books – and thus, more authentic) or space them out so it’s not overwhelming?

Am I the only person who stresses out about these little details? I think this week you’re getting the old reviews – books that deserve some attention after all this time – but with a variety of genres. I think. We’ll see what happens 🙂

How do you prioritize your reviews? Recent reads or way overdue reviews?

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34 Responses to “Recent Reads or Way Overdue Reviews?”

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I’m not great at writing reviews – I mean I write them, but I often feel that they are just my stream of consciousness and make sense to no one but me. Lol. I have been giving priority to arc reviews for sure, but from there I’m all over the place!

  1. Terri M., the Director
    Twitter:

    ARCS and review requests have top priority. And after that, most of the time, I just post the reviews in the order I read them. Of course, I usually only post 1-2 reviews a month so I have a “backlog” of about a month and half of reviews right now. I also look at my ratings once I get things scheduled. I don’t want to put too many “thumbs down” reviews in a row.
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  2. A Voracious Reader

    I don’t really have a rhyme or reason. A variety of genres is nice though. I have like 30 posts ready to slot in, but they’re almost all graphic novels. I’ll just slip them in here and there so it’s not a month of graphic novels. Even though I’d love to take off January and just post those. LOL
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Lol glad I’m not the only one just randomly picking books to share. I have so many because I read faster than I post. And I don’t read fast. Lol

  3. Lillian
    Twitter:

    Honestly, if it’s not a review book, I save them and plug them in on weeks where I don’t have anything else to post. It’s a huge help for me to do this. I currently have 11 sitting and waiting to be plugged in. I’ve also been known to do two posts in one day, an old review post and a feature or meme like TTT. I say hang on to them and plug them in as needed. No need to feel bad about it. 😀
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Sounds like I’m not the only one hanging on to a bunch of reviews then! Glad I’m not alone, I was kinda feeling like it’s misleading to have a review for a book I read 8 months ago. But I wrote it when I read it, so it’s accurate, so why not?!

  4. Angie F.

    I have enough written reviews that I’m starting to schedule for May…

    I basically just put them in the order that I read them and ARCs go on their release day or week if I had more than one, because that’s simple. Except for my Reading Assignment and LGBT Challenge books which I put into the month that I read them, so I can link up. I don’t worry about it too much, since they’ll all get posted eventually.

    As for series, I’ve started using UBB’s multi book feature, so when I binge a series they go up in one post, rather than posting like 5 reviews a day to keep them together. Although for longer series, I do break them up. Like for In Death, I’m doing 5 books per post instead of waiting until I read all 42 and putting them in one post. 😛
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Look at you – all the way into May! Geez! I’m not sure how far I’d be if I scheduled them out but I think I’d make at least a month. I’ve thought about combining series reviews, I may start doing that since it does get a little repetitive. Speaking of In Death, how far are you? I finally took a break after book 9.

        • Berls
          Twitter:

          Really!? Geez that makes me want to read #10 before I quit. But I’m out of books for a while, unless I’m going to start spending lots of money, which is the opposite of what I’m trying to do.

  5. Lark
    Twitter:

    I would love to have a backlog of 24 reviews! (I might have it, if I could write them as fast as I read them…)

    I do understand the dilemma, though. I like to mix up genres, at least, and spread out reviews of a single series. I think you’re right that it gives a blog more variety, and that’s something I appreciate. As a blog reader, I don’t mind seeing reviews for books that have been out for a while, because chances are, I haven’t read the book yet… and because it lets me see whether the book lived up to its initial hype.

    For me, the really old reviews (or rather, the ones of older books) are the ones I pull out when I can’t get new ones written in a particular week. That’s usually due to the nature of my freelance work, which isn’t always steady. (Sometimes I have none, and sometimes I’m working 10 or 12 hours a day and don’t have the mental energy to write a review.) But I wish I had a bigger cushion of those reviews to call on.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      I try really hard to write reviews as soon as I finish reading a book, that’s the only reason I have so many reviews. I don’t read many new releases any more it seems – so I guess from that angle it matters even less. Good to know that reviews of older books are still appreciated 🙂

  6. Bookworm Brandee

    ROFL <– A little something I learned from my kids. 😉 You are definitely NOT the only one who obsesses over which reviews to post, how to go about it, etc. I have a huge backlog right now as well…not sure how that happened but I guess it's because I've scaled down my posts a little and have mixed things up more this year. I try to post a variety as far as genres. I don't have many 'negative' reviews to post but I think I do have variety as far as that goes as well. I don't have a system per se – so it's just as stressful for me as it seems to be for you. But hey, we're the *boss* around here so I figure we can do whatever we want, right? 😉 I'm sure I've not been helpful in the least. I'm going to go read your other comments to see if anyone offered some wisdom. 😉 Great post, my dear! {{hugs}}
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  7. kayk597

    Hi Berls,
    I try to review as soon as I finish the book, especially if I was lucky enough to receive it free. Besides, I’m old (68) so I figure JIC, I’d better get it done before I forget the whole thing LOL!
    Since I love to read, I just finished 4 books in the last 3 days, Rye Must Die – Dakota Madison and Savannah Young, Kingston 691 – Donna McDonald, Death’s Servant – C J Ellisson, and Paw and Order – Spencer Quinn. Loved all 4 and many different genres, so not sure what I’ll pick up next. Mix of Kindle and Print. Trying to get into Audible books, you seem to have good luck with them, but so far haven’t found a reader that really grabs me.
    Love your blog, so glad you’re starting to survive and thrive in your teaching career. Happy Holidays and Blessings!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Thanks Kaye! Have you tried Amanda Ronconi? She’s a narrator I always recommend people try when they’re looking for someone good.

      Lol I have to write reviews right away too – the problem is going from written to posted. I have them all stored up waiting to show up on the blog and I never know which reviews to pick. But I’d be screwed trying to write them more than a day after reading – I forget too much!

  8. Melissa (Books and Things)

    I usually schedule most of my reviews close to their publication dates. For other books that have been published for a while I usually disperse them throughout the rest of the week. I’ve been cutting down on my blogging a bit and only doing it 3 days a week… mostly. For series, sometimes I do short reviews and put 1-3 at a time and letting them know I am reading a series back to back. Hope that helps?

    Btw, found you through Felicia the Geeky Blogger’s post!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh cool! Love Felicia 🙂 I’ve been reading fewer and fewer new releases, which has added to the problem since I used to publish based on release date a lot too. I like the idea of doing a few books from a series at a time – I may try that! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  9. Julie S.
    Twitter:

    Ooh good question. I post them (schedule them) in the order I write the reviews, not in the order I read the books. So if a book I read more recently feels easier to review, I do that. Then I work with whatever other book(s) are reviewable. If it has been too long, well, if I can’t remember enough to write a review about it maybe a review is not worth writing after all heh.
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Yeah if it’s been a whole since I read a book I may skip the review – I haven’t recently because I’ve been really good about reviewing as soon as I read a book with the exception of two or three and those were review books so I HAD to write the reviews. I do understand some books being easier to review though, that’s for sure!

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      That’s pretty much what I’m doing. I sometimes get silly and agonize over order but seeing how many people just post whatever whenever I’m realizing I was fine doing it without agonizing! So type A of me!

  10. Stormi
    Twitter:

    With the kind of frustrating time you have had with the start of your new job, I wouldn’t worry much about it. I think mixing new and old reviews would be fine. I think as long as your posting reviews that is what should count. I do hope I never have that sort of backlog though…lol. I get more than four reviews behind and I go crazy…lol. 🙂
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Lol well the good thing is that the reviews are written. Then I’d really be going insane. But yeah it bugs me to have so many – it’d be different if they were in posts all scheduled, but I’m not more than like three days ahead at a time right now.

  11. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)
    Twitter:

    I actually try to mix a bit of both but, honestly, don’t normally face the situation you’re in. I don’t have reviews unscheduled and I do maintain a calendar. Right now, I’ve got reviews plotted out through December.

    Maybe you might want to consider doing multiple posts over a short period of time to clear the backlog. That would mean you’d have to set aside an hour or so each week to respond to commenters. As for prioritizing those reviews, (if you do multiple posts) you may want to mix genres or two with very different ratings, which I always find interesting.

    Good luck with whatever you choose to do!
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    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Not a bad idea – I’ve been thinking about doing some multi book posts just to clear it up a bit too. I used to be pretty scheduled, but with the new job I’m kinda doing the fly by the seat of your pants thing again. Not hating it, but it’s not as organized either.

    • Berls
      Twitter:

      Oh that’s not a bad idea – I could easily add a line that says when I read the book and then it’s a little more clear that the review is older. I like that! Thanks!

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