Let’s Talk Bookish: To Review or Not to Review…

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the August 2022 prompts!


August 12: Reviewing Books? (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

Prompts: What makes you want to review or not review a book? Do you review every book you read? Are some books harder to review than others? Do you review books you disliked? If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards? Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

To Review or Not…

I used to try and review every single book I read. Now, I just can’t keep up with that. Over the last year and a half I have become a fan of “mini-reviews.” They have been a life saver and I’ve found that many people actually like them. I’ve been seeing them by others too, so maybe a good change. The books that I take a lot of time to review properly are my arc reviews. I’m trying really hard to not be guilty about my shorter reviews. I have also read some books that I haven’t reviews and learning that it’s okay!

Why is it so much easier to review a bad book??

This happens to me SO many times. I read a book that I loved more than life and I can’t find words. It takes me so long and I feel like what I say doesn’t do it justice. A bad book though… those are soo much easier. It starts to feel like word vomit because I just can’t stop going on and on. I guess, it’s not that it’s a bad book because we all have different perspectives and reading preferences. It’s just a bad reading experience for myself.

Reviews of old…

I never remove reviews. I will sometimes update it if I do a re-read but that’s extremely rare. I do not re-read a lot of books. Plus, it’s sometimes fun to look back and see my thoughts and how my reading preferences have changed. Not only that but the way my reviews have gotten better over the years.

I know that we are all different! You might have different perspectives on writing reviews and that’s okay!!

What about you? Do you write a review for EVERY book?!

32 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: To Review or Not to Review…

  1. Until recently, I reviewed every book I read. Now I mostly just review ARCs. I was starting to get burnout and began to avoid writing all my reviews. So, I decided to start reading some books just for me. I’ll still chat about them and maybe include some short thoughts about them in other types of posts (like WWW), but I don’t review them. I’ve found it has helped me stay motivated to review the ones I’m obligated to write about. I also really love mini reviews. I typically do one longer review and one mini review per week. Any more than that and it begins to suck the fun out of it for me.

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  2. When I first started blogging, I reviewed every single book I read but I kind of stopped doing that over the last few months. I’ve not been feeling very motivated to write the lengthy reviews that I normally do but as I’ve mentioned to you several times already, I probably should try doing more mini-reviews 😂 And YES, it’s always SO MUCH EASIER to review bad books. It’s like the thoughts flow on a wave of irritation and just come out easier 😂 I love and hate it… LOL! I think I’ve only ever removed my reviews for five books and it was all this year when I learned about some author controversies and didn’t want to keep my reviews up, so I removed the reviews and ratings… Great post, Leslie!

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    • Yep, I’m the same! I really only do lengthy reviews for books that I hated or absolutely loved and arcs. Everything else, they seem to be getting mini-reviews. Lately, I’ve only been reading arcs, which is kinda lame. lol. I’m not complaining but I need to read more of my own books!! Ahhh, I should probably go back and look at my old reviews and get rid of the author controversies too. It’s a good idea!

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  3. I used to review everything and now I am more picky. I also try not to worry about how long my review is because sometimes you just need a few words! I agree though, writing bad reviews is easier and I feel like more fun. 😂 It’s a nice way to get the rage out!

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    • I’m glad that it’s not just me! I used to review everything and it felt so freeing to not do that this year!! Agreed, sometimes I see people writing looooong reviews and I’m like.. I don’t have that in me. haha. Some books are just okay and there’s not too much to say either way, ya know!? YES- totally agree!! It’s the best way to get the rage out! haha

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  4. I have been having this thought myself, should I put a review for each book I read on my blog, should I just put one on goodreads? It’s so difficult to know what to do! I’ve decided that when I read an ARC I will that on all platforms, perhaps the others will just go on goodreads. I hope you all enjoy your books, and reviewing too, I know I do!

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    • I used to do them all. Now, I only do ARCs. I will do a full on review and post them everywhere. For anything else I read… it just depends on how I felt and if I feel like I have a lot to say. Mostly, I’ll do mini-reviews on my blog and then post them to Goodreads.

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  5. I enjoy reading mini reviews. Sometimes longer reviews go into too much detail especially if I haven’t read the book yet. I definitely don’t review every book I read. I review all of my ARCs but don’t publish all of those to my blog. I tend to only do blog posts for the books that I feel strongly about.

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  6. I used to try to review every book I read on my blog. I gave up on that and only do ones I really want to review on it. I do review every book I read on Goodreads and now Storygraph. They can be one line reviews or more. It just depends on the book. I feel like this takes a lot of pressure off of me. I’m also a big fan of mini reviews. I do try to give ARCs full reviews, though. Bad book reviews are easier because it’s easier to criticize all the wrongs than come up with all the rights. I don’t change old reviews. I will add an “Update and the date” onto the bottom of a reread if something changes or I just want to say I still loved the book as much. The only time I change the rating is when I do that as well. I say why.

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  7. I used to do “mini reviews” too and it’s such an easy/convenient way of making sure you post about a book without it becoming too big of a deal to write a long post. I love when other’s post them as well.

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  8. I’ve only updated rereads, too. I just don’t have the time to go back and look at old reviews otherwise. Sometimes I feel like I have a lot to say about a book, and other times it’s like I just don’t have any thoughts one way or the other. LOL!

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    • Yes, I have a hard time keeping caught up with my current reviews, there’s no time to go back. I know, it’s mostly my 3 star books that I struggle.. the books that I liked “okay” but felt “ehh” about. It’s so hard to write reviews for those!

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    • That’s awesome!! I struggle to find the time with all the books I read. I’m hoping that when my little one starts PreK next week, I’ll have a bit more schedule blog time!

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  11. Great post!

    This year my goal was to review every book I read. Although, I didn’t even realize until I finished my latest book read that I totally forgot to review the previous book I had just read, lol. Oh wells.

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    • Thank you! That’s awesome! I will always review an arc but now I have kind of backed off books that I didn’t love or thought were okay. It’s helped me a lot with not feeling overwhelmed! So awesome that you are able to review them all!! ❤

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  12. I write a review on Goodreads for everything I read, though if it isn’t an arc then sometimes it’s only a couple of short paragraphs. I don’t put them all on my blog though as prepping the post is too time consuming to do for every book. And yes, why can I write an essay on a bad book but not have the words to do justice to a good book? So frustrating 😂

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    • I’m pretty good at reviewing almost everything on GR but not my blog, anymore. It’s been a process but I’m finally happy with where I landed. I think if I didn’t read as many books as I do, it would be a lot easier to manage. Haha!! Yes, the essays for a bad book are just so easy. 😀

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  13. I love mini reviews as well, I find them a whole lot easier to write plus it usually gets my point around pretty clearly as well!! And ahh yes I completely agree with your point about reviewing bad books, there’s just so much more to discuss about it haha!!
    adored this!!

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    • Yes, agreed. I feel like a longer review is a term paper that I’m just trying to fill pages. lol. I can get the gist from other reviews much faster too. It should be the norm now. 🙂

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  14. I’m a huge fan of the mini-reviews, too! Writing them and reading them. I always feel like I need to devote more attention to my ARCs, as well. It’s taken me a few years, but I finally feel like I’m getting quicker about my reviews, at least. Great discussion!

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    • Thanks! Yes, I think I’ve finally got my review process down and I’m happy with it! I just can’t help it with mini-reviews. They are just too easy to write and read. 🙂

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