Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books?

So along with Book Blogger Hop and Top Ten Tuesdays, I thought I’d give Let’s Talk Bookish a go, as I’ve seen these posts around for a while and got intrigued! They also seem to touch on fun topics.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022. Book Nook Bits has hosted since April 2022.

August 12th: Reviewing Books

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 Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

When I’m scrolling on NetGalley, there’s a number of things that can attract me to a book – the cover and title are the main ones, along with (sometimes) the publisher. Once I get into the main page, the thing that will make me request it is the blurb, whether it sounds like something I’d enjoy or not.

I tend to review every book I read, no matter where I get them from and no matter how I felt about them – though if you’ve read this blog for a fair amount of time you might have picked up on that. The bulk of my reading nowadays comes from NetGalley, but I read physical books alongside digital. It keeps things varied.

I actually kind of enjoy writing ranty reviews – depending on the book. Sometimes it comes from a place of “this has so much wasted potential”. Where you know a book could be great but something – poor or lack of editing, something with the characters, an overly predictable plot – really lets it down. Most of the time, I try to keep a balanced approach, and acknowledge if a two-star book for me might be someone else’s five-star. Or if perhaps something about my mood affected it – I’ve definitely had that happen before, especially if I’ve read maybe too many similar books in a row!

So, how about you? Do you review every book you read?

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books?

  1. I did a post on this recently as well. I don’t necessarily review everything I read, but I try to. I find that when it comes to classics and manga, I don’t review those like I do anything else (which is pretty much contemporary YA/NA). I just find classics to be out of my reach for reviewing and I read those more for myself than to write a review on it later on. And manga is hard because most series have so many volumes. There’s only one series I’ve reviewed, and that was because it only had three volumes. It was quick and easy.

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