Reading to Reviewing Ratio

Yesterday, I discussed some of my questions and concerns regarding ARC tours. Today I’d like to ask for your input on balancing reading and reviewing. Since I started blogging, I’ve reviewed the vast majority of the books I have read. After Readathon, though, I started to get really behind in my reviews. I’ve been debating whether I want to write up some sort of lightning round mini-reviews or perhaps just move on and not review them at all. I know most bloggers don’t review everything they read. I’m curious about how you determine what to skip over.

How much of what you read do you review? How do you decide what makes the cut? Do you feel guilty if you don’t write a review for a book? Is it okay to declare review bankruptcy and start fresh? Would you rather see more mini-reviews or fewer full-length reviews?


2 Responses to "Reading to Reviewing Ratio"

  • I’ve been trying to review more of what I read. The way I see it, even if I don’t post a review immediately, it’s always nice to have something ready to go for a day I don’t feel like posting or can’t think of anything to talk about.

    That being said, I do have a lot of books I haven’t reviewed. Many of them I read long enough ago that I don’t remember enough to review them. I’ve thought about reviewing these in a short form, maybe three YA titles I never reviewed, or that sort of thing.

    The books I don’t review right away are usually the ones I felt indifferent about and therefore didn’t have much to say in a review. I don’t think it’s a problem to not review books you don’t want to review. Unless, of course, you’ve committed to write a review!

    1 Erin said this (October 23, 2010 at 1:58 PM)

  • I am having that same issue right now. For some reason, I got a little backlogged with writing reviews and now I’m having a hard time recalling how I felt about the books. I have had this happen before and I usually start writing the review, take a break (anywhere from an hour to a day), and then finish it. For some reason, that helps me to remember my thoughts.

    I feel guilty about not reviewing books right away, but have always managed to squeek them out. I think I would feel guilty not reviewing a book I read, just like I feel guilty when I can’t finish a book. I wouldn’t mind reading mini-reviews of books either. I actually prefer short, sweet, and to the point so I would not have a problem with this at all. I did mini reviews when I read the Pretty Little Liars series, but only because they weren’t the most thought-provoking books and you can only say so much without totally giving the series ending away.

    2 Tara said this (October 24, 2010 at 5:42 PM)