Discussion: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

Posted March 17, 2013 by Liza in Discussion / 11 Comments


As a book blogger my delight is to spread the word about the wonderful worlds that can be found inside the covers of a book.  I love reading, and as you are now reading a book blog I will take a wild guess and assume that you love reading as well.  I do keep track of all the books that I read through Goodreads, but I don’t review all the books that I read in the blog, although I have to confess to review most of them.   Why not review them all?  These are a few of the reasons why:

They are outside of the niche of Reading with ABC:  I do review (and read) books from other age groups besides young adult, and I sometimes include adult or middle grade book reviews here, but if the book is more geared to school or work, I don’t review it.  I’m not sure what my readers will think if I were to review a business book, for example.

Did not finish (DNF):  I have too many books to read as it is (don’t even ask hubby, I think this is one of his favorite topics!); therefore I’m inclined on not investing time (which is a very limited commodity around here) in a book that doesn’t seem to be going well.  Usually, if I can’t get into the story after a fourth or third of the book, I stop reading.  I might Google it and try to find out more about the ending (just for my own information), but as I said I just don’t have the time to read a book that I can’t get into.

How about you?  Do you review every book you read?  What other reasons do you have not to?  Do you feel compelled to finish every book you start? 
Liza
Liza

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11 responses to “Discussion: Do You Review Every Book You Read?

  1. I TRY to review everything I read, but I don’t always do full reviews. If I’m really behind on reviews (like I am right now), I tend to do short, one paragraph “mini reviews” and post a few at once. That way I don’t get panicked about being behind on reviews AND I don’t post a millions reviews each week (which nobody would read anyway).

    I thought about switching to only posting reviews for books that make me have VERY STRONG FEELINGS (positive or negative), but I like have a complete record of book thoughts sooooo here we are. It IS stressful sometimes, though, even with the mini reviews.

  2. I don’t normally review adult books, however considering I don’t read that many any more, that’s not really surprising. I do want to start branching out a bit, so when I find the time to fit an adult book into my reading schedule I will probably review it in the future.

    I don’t review DNF books, either. I like the idea of doing a collective post on them like I’ve seen some other bloggers do, but I always forget!

    Other than that, I do try to review every book. I have some that I haven’t reviewed yet (the Lux series, for example) that I’m saving until I have a free day and I need a post 😀

  3. The only books I don’t review on my blog are ones that don’t fit my genre. I designed my blog to be strictly YA and while it has evolved to include New Adult and Middle Grade, I won’t review erotica or adult novels on it even if I may read those books. If anything I may give them a paragraph or two reaction on Goodreads, but typically no.

    If there is a valid reason why I don’t finish a book, I will review it and say why I didn’t finish. I did that for “Poison Princess” by Kresley Cole.

  4. I review every book that i read, my blog is sort of a way for me to record my reading history so it has to go on to be counted, but I don’t tend to read much out of my usual so it’s not a problem. I will occasionally read a biography or something like that but I still review them.
    It depends how much I read of the book before I give up as to whether I review it or not. I used to have to finish every book, but I soon realised that I don’t have enough time to do that, my TBR pile was just ever growing.

  5. I typically try to finish books I read, typically out of curiosity, but I may end up skimming the book and will be sure to mention it if it’s for a review. If I don’t review a book, it’s usually because it is outside the reading range of my blog. It may also be because I already have more than enough book reviews scheduled in the coming days. This sometimes happens during the summer because I have so much reading time.

  6. I try to make sure I review every book that I read, even if I read the book a few months previous! Even though I’m mainly a YA blog, I do review most of the adult books I read, along with the MG books I read as well. I don’t really mention the books that I DNF, perhaps I should do a post on the books I DNF every once in a while.

  7. I try and review almost all the books I’ve read. For example, if I read a book usually I review it within the month. If the book is too old, then I collect them all and do an Oldies But Goodies post, with a mini-review; if I happened to skip over the book in my review list, then I collect them and do a Late Reviews post; if it’s marked DNF then I collect those and do a post.

    Also, I don’t read adult books, but if I do I sometimes review them, but other times I won’t.

  8. I try to review all the books I read but there are some (like Garfield comic compilations) that I don’t. My blog is YA centric yet I will review adult and middle grade on there if I’ve read it. There are a few I haven’t reviewed (this happened mostly early on), and I honestly don’t know how I never did. One I know is because I just didn’t like it, but the rest, I have no idea! 😛

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