Reading Books Without Reviewing Them
Hi lovely readers! I wanted to ask your advice today and get a general idea of how people handle books that they read but don’t want to review for one reason or another. For the most part I review everything I read because of the pressure to get more content up and my desire to get my thoughts out there. However, I’ve been thinking about situations where I wouldn’t really want to write up a review, and I’m interested in what other reasons some of you might have….
It’s All Been Said Already
I’ve run into this feeling with a number of books recently, most notably Catching Fire and Mockingjay. I mean, let’s be honest, it probably has already been said! I just can’t think of what I could contribute to these books anymore, since it seems likely that anyone who wants to read them already has, or is planning to. Anyone who hasn’t heard of them either has no interest in that genre/reading in general or is new to the scene. I suppose it is fun to write about last year’s (two years, etc) popular books and reminisce, but perhaps then a discussion post with lots of spoilers would be better? As a blog reader, do you like reading posts about older books you’ve already heard of, but not for a while? Or is it just noise that you skip over?
I Can’t Figure Out What I Think
This fortunately hasn’t happened to me yet, but I’ve been close. What if you reach the end of a book, and you just have no idea what to say about it? I’ve had a couple books where I didn’t have much of an opinion, especially because I felt like all my criticisms were due to be reading outside of my genre, so I wasn’t sure I should say anything. So far, I’ve been able to think through my feelings (gah, feelings!) more and sort out what was the book’s fault and what was my brain’s fault, but I’m worried I’ll find a book where this can’t happen for one reason or another. Has anyone decided not to review a book they read for this reason? If no one says this has happened to them, I’ll be reassured ;-) (this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t say anything, tell me!).
The Book Doesn’t Fit My Blog
This one I can totally understand. If you have a blog with a fairly specific theme and you are trying to keep to that genre(s), skipping reviewing a book for your blog makes complete sense. In these situations, do you still write a review for Goodreads/Amazon/etc? I think I would be conflicted since I would in part rather be spending time reading more books! This reason is also why there is the “(mostly)” in my blog description ;-). If you choose to post only positive reviews, not liking the book also makes perfect sense :).
Avoiding The Stress A Bit
I haven’t had too much trouble with stressing out while reading books to review, however I can imagine knowing you are going to review a book would change some people’s reading experiences. Do you ever feel like you need to take a break from reading books to review them?
I’m sure there are lots more reasons out there, and I really want to hear them! Have you ever decided to read a book without reviewing it? If so, what were your reasons? Do you find yourself reviewing most of the books you read, or does it really depend?
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