Fun Questions| Do you review everything you read?

June 24, 2016 Fun Questions 19

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…

Do you review everything you read?

This question is thanks to Bookworm Brandee and a conversation we had during lunch a couple weeks ago (yes, I was lucky and got to have lunch with her!). I was talking about how I’m months and months behind on reviews and she mentioned some sage advice she received from a friend. This friend is not a blogger (we love her anyway!) and sometimes looking at our situation from outside that mindset is so elucidating. This friend said, “Review 1 of the books you review a week.”

Whoa! Don’t review everything you read?!

What a thought! LOL! I know, I’m being dramatic, but it was an eye-opening moment for me. No one ever told me that I HAVE to review every book I read. I don’t get paid to do this… so why in the world am I stressing myself out about reviewing all these books I read months and months ago? Because I have this crazy, self-imposed idea that I SIMPLY MUST review every book I read on the blog.

Obviously I have an obligation to review the books I received for review. And I am a book blogger and reviews are kind of the WHOLE POINT of book blogging. But I’m done stressing myself out about them. So thanks Brandee and friend 🙂 (I have no idea how she feels about having her name on the blog, so I’m not using it).

I do, however, still have this strangely obsessive need to share everything I’ve read. So I’m starting a new “feature.” I asked Michelle to do my logo (Limabean Designs) and she helped me come up with the name. One very appropriate but not so catchy name on the table was “Berls can read a lot but didn’t want to review them so here they are” LOL! I’m going with something a little less wordy and more fun:
Just a few
Didn’t she do a nice job (as always)? Anyway, I’m going to start giving you the covers, synopsis, star rating and 1 to 2 sentences about books I’ve read with this new feature as my way of handling those books I can’t seem to get reviews written for… and technically don’t have to.

What about you? Do you review everything you read?

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Berls has been a book lover her whole life. She reads pretty much every genre and is currently working hard at making her childhood dream of becoming an author come true. She loves sharing her thoughts about books, blogging, and just random fun stuff. She's a challenge and read-a-thon junkie, so it's no wonder that she loves co-hosting the COYER reading challenge. Leave a comment, Berls is always happy to chat!

19 Responses to “Fun Questions| Do you review everything you read?”

  1. birthdayMeme

    I do review the majority of the books I read, but not at all because I feel just like We have to! I like to write down my thoughts – in a technique just, it’s even consequently I don’t neglect of a course and buy it a second period (yes, because that has happened to me actually! )
    With my personal UBB plugin, it’s practical to evaluate more than one booklet in one blog, but I have not actually done that yet. If some of my opinions happen to be reasonably short-term even, Im All right with that – it’s my time, and my hobby, correct?
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  2. Penni @ Penni's Perceptions

    I am new to book blogging so I really should review everything I read, but I don’t. There are some I don’t feel I need to review. While there are others I am not sure how to review (i.e. single issue comics). I mainly reviews books I’ve received for review and books I am reading for challenges. So far, that is working for me. Plus I am not very good at writing reviews just yet. I so don’t go into too many details and I don’t write spoilers.
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  3. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I do review most of the books I read, but not at all because I feel like I have to! I just like to jot down my thoughts – in a way, it’s also so I don’t forget about a book and buy it a second time (yes, because that has actually happened to me!)
    With my UBB plugin, it’s possible to review more than one book in one post, but I haven’t actually done that yet. Even if some of my reviews are fairly short, I’m OK with that – it’s my time, and my hobby, right?
    I hope you’re having a great week, my dear! And I’m curious about what your principal will say about your resignation… *hugs*
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  4. K. Elizabeth

    I don’t write reviews for every book I read. There are some books that have hundreds of reviews already and I don’t want to keep repeating what so many reviewers have already said about the book. Then there are those books that just didn’t move enough to waste my energy on writing a review about them.

    For now I’m pretty much just reviewing ARCs that I’ve reached to publishers for.
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  5. Ramona

    Well, I usually mark what I read on Goodreads – mostly, because I’m too OCD not to keep track, lol. And I guess the question is what constitutes a review: is it three lines, one paragraph, 1000 words? 😀 I usually do jot down a couple of lines for everything I read, but longer than that… It’d got to be a REALLY good book, and even then, if I haven’t got the time, then I haven’t got the time, you know… Hope you’re doing well, ducks. How’s your summer going? Hugs <3
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  6. Lola

    I review every book I read, for multiple reasons. I don’t read as many books, so reviewing all of them is less difficult if the total of books I read is less compared to people who read 4 books a week for example. Second I want to write reviews for every book I read. And yes sometimes that’s also because then I have content for my blog, but also because I genuinely want to share my opinion. Then there is the fact that most of the books are review books so I kinda have to review them. And reviewing is so much part of my reading process that I can’t imagine reading a book and not reviewing it. It’s routine for me and I don’t feel like I fully finished a book until i reviewed it. And I don’t allow myself to start a new book until I reviewed the previous one.

    But I do think that we bloggers are sometimes too strict for ourselves and I think that if you don’t want to review every book you read you should feel obligated to do so and getting and outsiders point of view can be very illuminating at times. You shouldn’t beat yourself up over not reviewing books.

    I love your idea to still share those books you read and don’t review. I also have seen some bloggers who did short reviews for the books they didn’t want to write a full review for. And I think it’s fun you can still share those books you read that way without actually reviewing them. Oh and the logo for your new feature looks awesome! Looking forward to your first post with the new feature.
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  7. Stormi Johnson

    If it’s a just for fun book that I bought myself and not a review books then I don’t feel as obligated to review it. I normally do because it’s just how I am but I don’t let myself feel pressured and if it’s a series I might read a couple and do a short review of both of them, but I do make sure I put something about them on Goodreads even if it don’t go on the blog. Unless I am getting paid for posting my reviews then I am not going to stress out about it. 🙂

    I like your knew feature! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you have read.
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  8. Lark

    I don’t review every book I read. For one thing, sometimes I read or re-read backlist books just for fun/relaxation, and I don’t always have much to say about them. When I do&emdash;when it’s a really good book, for instance&emdash;then I do review. But I don’t feel obligated to review a book unless it was a review copy. That takes some of the pressure off.

    I like your idea of spotlighting a few books you’ve read that you’re not going to review. I guess I sort of do that by putting what I’m reading on my Sunday Post, but it’s a nice idea to make it a feature. And that’s an awesome logo, BTW. Go Michelle!
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  9. Melanie Simmons

    I do not review every book I read, especially ever book I listen to. I have some series that are just for fun listens. Right now, I’m several weeks behind on posting reviews, not because they aren’t written (well, at least not all of them, I am a little behind on writing reviews), but more that I can’t keep up if I posted too many too quickly. I usually post twice a week on Hot Listens and once a week on Rabid Reads. I can’t really handle much more than that. I don’t want to stress myself, so I’m staying at that pace. My review books will be posted first and my listened for fun books, will be posted eventually. Listening to a few books that I’m not going to review helps me feel like I’m getting caught up on my posting.

    I think your new feature will be perfect if you’re wanting to track everything. If I had my own blog where I was doing challenge tracking, I would have to post for every book. I would probably do something similar. Jennifer (TBN) and Felicia do something similar too. I hope this works out for you.
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  10. Laura @ trips down imagination road

    That’s a great logo (go Michelle!)

    It’s a really great idea not to review everything! I know I’ve been stressing the past couple of months (I may have accidentally fallen off the radar a bit!) but I still like to put my thoughts down! I don’t review DNF books on my blog though, I just do a Goodreads “review” for those saying why I didn’t like it!
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  11. Kathryn Trask

    No I don’t review every book I read, just focus on ones I have for review. I do leave a short review though on Goodreads or where I bought it if online. I tried short and sweet type reviews but wasn’t happy with that. However i like the idea you have come up with. It isn’t too much hassle and still gives us the opportunity to share it on our blog if so wanted.

  12. Bea

    LOL Love your original title. I started doing my mini reviews as a way to catch up on reviews. I don’t review every book I read though I do usually post a few sentences about the book on goodreads. Do we NEED to review every book we read? Nope. It’s not our job. We should make a reasonable effort to read the books we requested but since it is our hobby, we don’t need to stress ourselves over it.
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    • Berls

      Right? This is apparently so simple. And yet, I’ve stressed myself over it for a good year now. I like the mini reviews that I’m starting and I like how you said a “reasonable effort” to review the other books. You’re right, even those are not my job. Sure, I will do my darndest, but I am not getting paid here! Lol yeah, best title ever… Very catchy!

  13. Michelle

    I actually don’t review all my books, If I purchase them or if they are a me read. I usually wont review however like you all review books from authors, netgalley, edelweiss, BEA, etc. I will review since I believe it is expected of you to do that. I already have writers block when it comes to reviews and if I review every book on the blog I think I would get super burnt out. I will review books I purchased that I LOVED and want to share my experience of reading it with my people (I am not even sure I have people) so they might want to read it too.

    Glad you loved the logo 🙂 I do still like the name “Berls can read a lot but didn’t want to review them so here they are”I think it’s very catchy. lol
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    • Berls

      Lol its the best title 🙂 Seriously though, I don’t know where I got the idea that I had to review every book!! I still have a problem with not at least sharing them, but I’m about to get way more low key about it lol

  14. Kristen @ Metaphors and Moonlight

    I actually was the opposite of you in that I was shocked to learn some bloggers DO review every book they read! It was never my plan to review every book. I just don’t have anything to say (or anything nice to say) about some books. And I can barely fit the review copies and books I do want to review onto my blog as it is!

    I’ve been considering doing something similar to what you mentioned though, a post every so often with a few mini reviews of just 1-2 sentences for those books I don’t have much to say about. I’ve seen other bloggers do posts like that too, it seems like a good way to fit in more reviews and have a place to share those smaller ones 🙂
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    • Berls

      I think I started off reviewinf everything because I wasn’t overflowing with reviews like I am now. You’re right – finding room for all of them is a challenge! Even when I was posting daily I wasn’t getting them all up. So far (1 post in lol) I’m liking this new approach.

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