Blog Hop: Why I Review (or Don’t!)

book blogger hopThis 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?

About cherylmahoney

I'm a book review blogger and Fantasy writer. I have published three novels, The Wanderers; The Storyteller and Her Sisters; and The People the Fairies Forget. All can be found on Amazon as an ebook and paperback. In my day job, I'm the Marketing Specialist for Yolo Hospice. Find me on Twitter (@MarvelousTales) and GoodReads (MarvelousTales).
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8 Responses to Blog Hop: Why I Review (or Don’t!)

  1. 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 😛

  2. dianem57 says:

    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!

  3. Nyze says:

    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!


  4. 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 😉

    Sparrow’s Thoughts

  5. writersideup says:

    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 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. calmgrove says:

    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.

  8. I do read all the books I review. It has just become a habit. 🙂

    Nice answer as always.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

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