2008 at 9am Posted by Rebecca Joines Schinsky
This week’s topic from Marie at The Boston Bibliophile: Most of us book bloggers like to write book reviews- if we don’t love to write book reviews- but here’s today’s question. When it comes to LT (and your blog), do you review every book you read? Do you just review Early Reviewers or ARCs? Do you review only if you like a book, or only if you feel like you have to? How soon after reading do you post your review? Do you post them other places- other social networking sites, Amazon, etc.?
The short answer to this question is yes, I review everything I read. Since I started blogging in July, I’ve reviewed every book I’ve read, except for Richard Russo’s Bridge of Sighs, which was so good that words failed me. But I wrote a post explaining that, and I feel like stating that a book is so good that I don’t feel like I can (or don’t want to try to) do it justice is a kind of review in itself. Was it the best book I’ve read this year? Maybe. It was definitely one of them. There was just something about it that made me want to leave it as it was, to not process and analyze it as I normally would. I wanted to let that book just be.
I do participate in LT’s Early Reviewers program, and I’ve been lucky to receive several books from it. I review those books and other ARCs here. Because my reviews are usually rather long, and LT seems suited for shorter reviews, I post excerpts on LT. I belong to Shelfari, but I don’t update it very often, and I don’t post my reviews there. I’m also on Facebook, but I prefer to keep that as a way to connect with my real-life friends, and I just leave a link to my blog on my profile there.
Because I review (almost) every book I read, I post reviews of the ones I love, the ones I like, and the ones that didn’t really work for me. I’m pretty good at selecting books I’ll enjoy, and I subscribe to Nancy Pearl’s “Rule of 50,” so I generally put down a book if I’m really not enjoying it, and I do not review it, though I may discuss it and my reasons for abandoning it here. So, most of my reviews end up being relatively positive, but I certainly don’t shy away from posting a negative review, and if I’ve committed to review a book, I’m going to share my honest opinion about it.
I usually post my review within a day or two of finishing a book. Sometimes, when my ideas are fresh and I’m feeling it, I go straight to the computer within minutes of finishing. Other times, I let my ideas marinate for a day or two, spend some time looking back through the book ,and go over the notes I made while reading. It all depends on the book, on how I’m feeling, and on how busy the other parts of my life are keeping me.
What about you? Do you review everything you read?