The Perpetual Reviewer


Do you ever get swept away by reading? You read books one after another until you stop and realize you just read 5 books. That happened to me last week. And then I realized I had to write reviews for all of them. But wait, do I need to review ALL of these?! That question popped into my head and now I ask you.

I feel the need to review everything I read. Sometimes I drag my feet though and continue my reading spree. Eventually the reviews I need to write pile up and I'm looking at 10+ reviews to write. So. Daunting. There's always some review I need to write. Can't I just enjoy reading and not have to think about the review that must come after?

I feel obligated to review all of the Advanced Readers Copies I receive and all the eARCs. I'm unsure about the books I read without review expectations from publishers. To review or not to review? 

So here's my question: 


Do you review everything you read? If not, how do you choose what to review and what not to? 

33 comments:

  1. When I am constantly reading books like there is no tomorrow, I will not review every book I read. Really it depends on how much I really liked or disliked a book. I will usually post reviews on books that I really liked and, on the flip side, books that I really disliked. On my blog I want there to be a variety of books. Not only books that I loved. It just makes it more interesting to the people who have liked the books that I disliked. ANd of course, for people that are looking for a good book to read. it's nice to always help them and lead them in a safe direction on what books they should and shouldn't read. I don't know if this really makes sense but yeah...

    Great, thought-provoking post Rachel :D :D

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

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  2. I feel like this all the time too! I try to review as much as I can, especially now that I've got into blogging. But sometimes I just keep it on Goodreads, or don't bother. Like I've read some New Zealand historical fiction, and I figure 99% of my followers aren't going to care. I especially try to review popular books, or books in a series. But I know it can be hard :) Good luck catching up, with however much you decide to do!

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  3. Great question. I read so much! I have actually read about 20 something books this month so long. No, I have not reviewed all of them. Of course I do have to review all of my ARCs. But for the others, I mainly skip on ones that I don't have a lot to say about. But if I read a new release than I will make sure to review that one. It's a fine line, but I don't think you have to review every single thing you read.

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  4. I try to review everything that I read, although some circumstances prevent me from reviewing. For example, if I hated everything about the book, then I feel bad completely pulling apart the book, and I feel as if it would offend the author. Also, if I have finished reading a book in a series, but haven't reviewed the previous books before it, I would not review it because it wouldn't make sense. I'm trying to review more though, and put my opinions out there!

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  5. Most of the time, I'm really good at reviewing the books I get. Sometimes, I totally feel like you
    I don't think I've ever read 5 books at once, though. Usually, I can do something like one a day and I'll review it after. When I get a book from the library, I'm more a versed to reviewing it but when its an ARC, I know that most likely, I have to. But that's just me and after I've set myself on a strict schedule. I wouldn't worry too much about it if I were you (:

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  6. It was actually my New Year resolution to start a blog this year and review every book I read. In the past, I've run into problems of rating books 4 or 5 stars on Goodreads and then not remembering what those books are about! Reviewing books is going to help me remember because I can just reflect back on my blog post! It can be difficult, though! I am drowning in ARCs right now and I'm so busy with work I haven't had much time to read this week! (:

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  7. Yeah it's a hard habit to break for me, actually. To read a book and NOT review it feels so weird after reviewing everything for years, but it can be liberating to not have to barf out your thoughts once in a while lol! I also find it very hard to review a book when I have read several others afterwards, especially if they're similar in genre etc.

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  8. Yes, I review every book I read. But I totally understand what you mean, which is why my reviews tend to be short and sweet - a few things that stuck out to me, good or bad, and my overall feelings toward the book. I find its much easier to be short and sweet, plus as someone who reads reviews, I hate reading book report.

    Have you tried keeping a journal nearby while you read? Sometimes I jot notes down while I'm reading in the notebook ap on my phone.

    Emily @ Follow the Yellow Book Road

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  9. I review MOST of what I read nowadays since I read recently pubbed books or ARCs. I haven't read a book published more than 5 months earlier in so long :(( And dude, notes? NOTES SAVE ME. Or, not notes. I write my reactions so it turns into ranting and I somehow fix that into a review. It helps a lot with making blogging feel less of a chore. :D I also use convos with friends as I read as words to use in my review if that helps!

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  10. I make it a habit to review everything I read, if only so I can remember what actually happened in the book. I read a lot of books, so I use the reviews to guide myself if I want a little refresher. However I don't post ALL the reviews... And I hate when all the books to review pile up! It just feels like I'll never finish!

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  11. Hmm...this is an interesting question Rachel! I do review every book I read on Goodreads, but I only post those reviews on my blog if they're standalones or the first book in a series (although there are some exceptions to that). I just don't like posting reviews of series on my blog because I find them harder to write - especially if you're trying not to spoil anything. Thanks for sharing Rachel, and great question!

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  12. This happens to me all the time! Especially when I'm sick :P I review every book I read unless it's a novella. Then, I usually just say what my overall feelings were and leave it at that. So sometimes they all pile up but I always get around to all of them eventually. Awesome post!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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  13. ARC's and indie authors get reviews no doubt. Otherwise it usually depends on how strongly I felt about the book, good or bad.

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  14. Nope! I refuse to get too caught up in reviewing that I am stressing over EVERY book. I did at first, because I felt like I needed MORE reviews, so I made myself review everything. I do review all ARCs, because I requested them, so I feel like I should review them (otherwise, I shouldn't have asked for them!) but not books I bought or won or whatever.

    Though sometimes, I don't like NOT sharing my opinion of a book, but I don't feel like writing an actual review, so in those cases I do a quick "Books I'm Never Reviewing" post, where I take 3 or 4 books, and just give a little info and just my basic thoughts and a rating. That way I feel like I have my thoughts down about them, but without all the work and effort that goes into a review.

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  15. I don't think anyone should have to review all of the books they read if they don't want to. I normally do, but sometimes it can be kind of hard. I do kind of have this thing where I have to be in a review writing mood to be able to write a book review! It might sound weird, but that's just how I am. So sometimes I get so caught up in life and reading that I don't review any books until I've read 3 or more and then that stresses me out a little because I prefer to write a review the day or the day after I finished reading a book. In December I got so caught up with Christmas books that at one point I had six books to review. They all took place in the same setting and I was so worried that I would get them confused, luckily my bookish memory was up to the challenge! Great thought provoking post!

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  16. Oh no! I definitely don't do that! I read around 400 books last years and just trying to review them all makes my head hurt! (What's worse is that I read even more in 2013). I would still write reviews, but only when I had time/ I was able to form thoughts on the book. Now, I am trying to review every book I read this year. It's doing okay, but I am behind (I'm read 32 books, and I still have 7 to review). It doesn't help that it I don't read a book a day, I feel very bad about myself. Anyway, I'm trying not to think to hard on it! I don't need to stress myself out!

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  17. I had that mentality in the past where I ABSOLUTELY had to review everything that I read, but I don't these days and I'm much happier. Of course, I review all the ARCs that I get (unless they are DNFs) because I feel obligated since I personally requested them, but other books that I bought, I don't.

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  18. I have this problem too! I want to at least MENTION every book I read, you know? I want others to know that I've read it and what I've though, esp if it's a book I'd recommend. So lately I write full reviews for ARCs and then do mini review (2-3 in a post) for non-review books. :D It's worked out well for me thus far!

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  19. Thankfully, I don't feel the need to review every book I read, haha. For example, if I read old and lesser-known YA books, not reviewing them, not even mentioning them except for marking them as "Read" on Goodreads, is good enough for me. If I have the urge to mention that I read a certain book, or if I have just a short something to say, I usually take to Twitter and share my thoughts there, though it won't get as much attention than if I'd written about it on my blog.

    But as for ARCs, it's a whole different matter! I definitely feel obliged to review them all, because I took on responsibility for that by requesting and downloading them. I feel like it's being really untruthful and irresponsible to the publishers if I didn't review them at all. It's easier said than done, though. I'm so behind with my ARC reading list! D:

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  20. I try to review every book I read, but I don't always feel compelled to do so. I usually write a small review and get back to it when I feel like it. Okay, honestly, I rarely request ARCs because I suck at reading and reviewing them and I am most certainly compelled to do so.

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  21. I definitely feel the same way! If it's an ARC or eARC then I will definitely review it. As for non-review books, I try to write something down. I want to just generally mentions things that were memorable to me or stuff that I loved or didn't :)

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  22. I don't review every book I read because that would add too much stress to my reading and blogging, which are both supposed to be fun, and not stressful. Also, I read so many books that I can't possibly keep up with reviewing all the books if I want to post a good mix of reviews, discussions and features on my blog. That's why I mostly review books that I feel passionate about. I've never requested an ARC, but I think that if I do start doing that someday, ARC reviews will have to come first.

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  23. Oh no! Especially if you're counting required reads - I rarely review those now since I'm never a fan of classics (almost never). I do review every other book I read, I'm picky about the ARCs I request on Netgalley, but I've gotten to the point where I write a review for every two books I read (at least ONE of the books I've finished and need a review before I go on with reading happily). In the summer, it can get quite insane (read about 50 books this summer alone. It was that scary.)

    Fab discussion, Rachel! ^_^

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  24. I review everything I read. I'm not a particularly fast reader, though, and I usually only have one book going at a time... so I'll just review the books as I finish them. I haven't really found myself "behind" on reviews for that reason.

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  25. Now I review everything I read, and I usually review the book right after I finish reading. If I don't, I won't start another book. Now I don't necessarily post all of my reviews on my blog. If it's something from NetGalley that I didn't like and don't feel the need to post it on my blog, I just submit it on NetGalley.

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  26. I try and review everything that I read but sometimes it is pretty hard. I have a hard time writing reviews for books that been published more than a year ago because I feel like people are no longer interested. Lately I been reviewing everything I read but I know with a few busy months coming up it will be hard. I don't post all my reviews on my blog (Most of the time I do) but if I gave it two or one stars and it wasn't an ARC and not a recently published book I will just write a blurb about it on Goodreads.

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  27. I used to write a review for every book that I read, but recently, because I don't have enough to say for every book I read, I only write reviews on about half the books I read.

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  28. I tend to review everything that I read, but get more choosy when I venture out of the YA genre, since the blog is mainly YA. I also normally write a review for a book shortly after I finish reading it anyway, so I don't get TOO backed up! :D

    Em @ Books & Cleverness

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  29. I don't always review what I read because that'll make me stop blogging. I review books I want to share. Whenever I get eARCs in net galley I let the publisher know that I already wrote a review for the book or I'm not going to write a review because I wasn't able to enjoy it. I don't write negative reviews on my blog, it just happens in rare cases. Sometimes I like to share what I hated. For the past month of January…out of the 10 books I've read, I only liked 3…

    www.lite-rate-ture.com

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  30. I definitely don't review all of the books I read. If I did that, I'd be drowning in them. I usually write full reviews only for ARCs and sometimes "me" books when I have a lot to say. But most of the time, I just don't have the energy to write full reviews for those ones because I'm constantly doing that with the ARCs. That also means I don't post all of them on my blog, and I actually have a plan so that I can at least mention the books I don't review on there.

    I do feel like a perpetual reviewer though. And sometimes that gets overwhelming and stressful, so I try to give myself breaks. And also not overload myself with unwritten reviews, which is sometimes the case when I get in a READ ALL THE BOOKS mood and then find myself with like a dozen that I have to review but haven't yet. It's a daunting task, for sure.

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  31. Yep! I review everything just because I don't read many books all in a row (wow 5? You're good) but only 2 to 3 books a week (usually two). So I have the time to review them on the weekends. And I really love reviewing books, I don't know why. Maybe sometimes it's hard, but other times I just keep typing and I can't stop and it's a problem haha.

    If you want an answer to your problem, I just say review what you want! You can always leave a short feedback on NG or EW if they're eARCs. or just write mini reviews?? :D

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  32. I review every book I read, because for me reviewing isn't a chore and I don't feel like I really finished a book without havign written ym review. I also can't starts a new book unless I have written ym review for the last book i read. So yeah I am kinda weird like that, but it works for me.
    I would say review whichever books you feel like reviewing and those books you actually have to review as you got them for review.

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  33. I think all ARCs should be reviewed, definitely, but all other books are up to the blogger! Personally, I review just about every book I read. The exceptions are classics (usually), poetry, and series I started before blogging (because I don't want to have a review for say, the 3rd book in a series, but not the 1st or 2nd).

    I don't allow myself to read the next book unless I review my previous one, because otherwise I forget details. I was actually shocked when I found out that so many bloggers wait to review, because I can't do that at all! I do admire those who have that clear of a memory, though!

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