One thing I think we feel as book bloggers is pressure to review each book we read. I’m not counting star ratings, as we typically just do that automatically on Goodreads or Storygraph, but the reviews we take time to write out for others to read. I mean, that’s probably the reason we started our blogs in the first place, right? To write reviews.
However, I think we put too much pressure on ourselves to review every single book that we read, which is okay for a while, but it eventually becomes too much and we burn out. Personally, I read anywhere from 5-10 books a month, and I’m assuming I’m not the only one, so to review that many books a month while also doing this life thing (work, actually reading, family stuff, etc.)… that’s kind of a lot to add to our plates. So when it comes to book blogging, should we really review every book we read, or just keep it to the ones we liked the most and any ARCs we receive?
On one of my older blogs from about ten years ago, I made sure to review everything I read (and watched because it wasn’t strictly books at the time). But I also had a lot more free time on my hands, plus I wasn’t reading as much as I do now since I was in college at the time. Even so, I ended up burning out and that blog no longer exists because there was too much pressure to keep up with it. That’s one rule I made for myself when I started Genie in a Novel was to not pressure myself about posting reviews all of the time, and it’s worked so far.
So when it comes to reviewing books that I read, I don’t pressure myself to review each and every one. I would say that I review probably 85-90% of what I read anyway because I do enjoy sharing my thoughts on the books I read, but there are just some that I don’t feel like reviewing. I obviously don’t review anything I reread, unless I haven’t done a review for it already, and I also don’t typically review manga or classics. I just have a hard time reviewing classics for some reason, and when it comes to manga, some of them have so many volumes and it’s weird (for me) to review each one. After all, a lot of manga end mid-story, so it’s hard to review only a part of the whole story. I’d rather do a full series review when it comes to manga.
Another thing is that I think if you pressure yourself to review every book you read, it can sometimes take the fun out of reading. You start thinking about the points you want to make and quotes you want to share in your review before you’re even done reading. I typically just read and enjoy the book, then either the next day or a few days later, I’ll write my review. And if for some reason I don’t, then I don’t. The last thing I want to do is take my joy out of reading because I want to keep up with posting on my blog and make sure everyone knows my opinion of a book.
Now, the question goes out to you. Do you think book bloggers should review every book that they read? Are you choosy about what you review or don’t review? Discuss in the comments!