I often hear people talking about ‘me books’ or ‘pleasure books’. And I know exactly what they mean, they are non review books. Books that people bought or borrowed or were given or won with absolutely no requirement to review them. So do you review these?
When I initially started reviewing books, I never even knew I could get books to review. I just wanted to document a bit about how the book made me feel. So all my books were ‘me books’ at that stage and I was more than happy to spend my time writing down all my feels for them; good, bad and indifferent.
However as the stack of books given to me in exchange for a review has risen, my want/desire to review my own books has all but screeched to a halt. If I love a book or an author; then I will want to spread the love and will probably write a review. But apart from that nope, I’m just not feeling it.
What I currently do with these books is:
– Rate them on Goodreads
– Maybe add a line or two on Goodreads. Maybe
– Or some end up on my blog as Twitteresque reviews (where I review in 140 characters or less).
In case you are wondering why I even bother rating them? I have to rate them on Goodreads! I can’t read a thing without Goodreads being involved, they need to be in loop! I just can’t check in with them. It’s an illness I suffer from – Goodreaditis. The same illness makes it impossible for me to buy a book without first checking with them also.
But back to my non-review books; If I had more time (and less review books on my hands), then I know I would review these. But I can only stretch my time so far and you know what? Sometimes it feels great to read and just shut the book at the end of it without trying to find words and thoughts to express what you feel about it. Which isn’t to say I don’t love reviewing (I do, most of the time!).
Bookish Chat: Do you review all books you read? How do you pick and choose which ones you review and which ones you don’t? Do you have Goodreaditis?