This week’s Book Blogger Hop question: Do you write a review for every book you read or only review copies from publishers?
I review books when I have something to say about them. Which is simplistic, but basically the truth! I probably review about half (or a little more) of the books I read. The rest mostly fall into the category of pretty good, but not eliciting a strong enough reaction to really warrant a review–although sometimes I do really like a book, I just can’t really explain why in a coherent review!
And sometimes I have to admit it just come down to timing…whether I had enough time to actually write a review while the book was still fresh in my mind and I was inspired to comment.
In the case of review copies, where I promised a review in exchange for the book–well, for those I make sure I find something to say! 🙂
For the other book bloggers, do you review all of the books you read, or do you have a criteria for which ones you review?
8 thoughts on “Blog Hop: Why I Review (or Don’t!)”
I do a post for every book I read (including re-reads) as I see my blog as a sort of reading diary. I don’t just like to review the book. I like to discuss when I read, how I felt about it, my mood and reasons for choosing the book. However I think I read about half of what you read so I have far less to squeeze in the year 😛
I’m impressed that you find time to write reviews of as many as half of all the books you read. Considering how much detail you put into your reviews, that’s a lot!
I’m trying my best to write reviews right after reading them ’cause there are times that I forgot what the book was all about and end up with generic thoughts. Haha!
At this point, I write a review for every book I read, but that is only because I have committed myself to a few publishers. There are some books however, that I simply take in and enjoy without having to worry about how I would proceed with a comment; these I enjoy most 😉
Cheryl, I don’t do reviews in any official capacity, but will on Goodreads. It’s the same for me…mostly it’s due to timing OR if something bowls me over so completely, I can’t help but want to do the review, busy or not 🙂
I review all the review books though it is definitely challenging to find something to say sometimes! I do tend to review all the books I read though I don’t always post the just for fun books until I need them.
For too many years I only reviewed non-fiction, mostly history, archaeology or aspects of popular culture, and very little fiction. When I began my review blog I had just begun to enjoy fiction again. Coupled with the fact that I had accumulated a library of several hundreds, many of which I’d barely looked at, I was encouraged to tackle said books properly by reviewing them. In short, I do try to review every book I now read (and reread). I’ve now failed to produce a crit on only a few occasions — laziness or lack of time rather than a commentary on the quality or otherwise of the book itself.
I do read all the books I review. It has just become a habit. 🙂
Nice answer as always.
ENJOY your weekend.
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