Bookish Chat : What do you do when you don’t feel like reviewing books?

March 7, 2014 Bookish chat 42

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?

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42 Responses to “Bookish Chat : What do you do when you don’t feel like reviewing books?”

  1. Stormy

    I don’t review every book I read, but I don’t really have any particular way to differentiate them. I review ARCs and review copies, of course, and I do review a lot of books I have on my shelves, but I have no set patterns for deciding what books to review or not to review. It’s mainly if I just feel like writing a review for that book. I have to rate every book though! I’d go crazy if I didn’t. And sometimes I do mini-reviews for those books too.
    Stormy recently posted…Book Review: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

    • trish

      I think mini reviews are a great way of rounding up your feels for books you don’t want to write a full review for. And lol at going crazy if you don’t rate a book. Me too! It’s essential for my sanity :O

  2. Lola

    I review every book I read, even ‘me books’. It’s become so much of a habit and I love sharing my reviews of ‘me books’ on the blog. Also I always write a review after I finish a book and I just can’t and don’t want to start a new book without having written a review first. Okay I know that sounds a bit weird, but it works for me.
    Although I have to say my review books pile has gotten pretty high lately, I have been signing-up for so many blog tours and review stops, that I am really looking forward to some time to read ‘me books’.
    Lola recently posted…Blog Tour: Astral Tide (Otherborn #2) by Anna Silver

    • trish

      I wish I could write a book as soon as I finish a book as I know they sound better when I do. Sometimes though I just don’t get the chance and the reviews mount up quickly. I think your system would work well for me but I’m just not that disciplined!

  3. Charleen

    I would say, of the reviews I write, about half are “me books” and half are “review books.” But then there are all the other “me books” that I don’t write reviews for. So I don’t feel like review books have taken over my reading too much since I started blogging.

    But even the books I don’t write full reviews for, they all get a rating and a mini-review… as much for me as for anyone else.
    Charleen recently posted…Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #12

    • trish

      I think rating books is a good practice as it reminds me just how I felt about the book. I don’t always write a mini review but whenever I do, I’m always glad I made the effort. And I think it’s good to read books that you don’t review as like you say it stops you feeling like review books have taken over. Nowadays my review books/me books are about 50/50 which I’m feeling good about.

  4. Ana @ Read Me Away

    I don’t review every single book I read. Aside from my long-time favourite titles, I also don’t review books that I just didn’t really “feel.” Like I have nothing much to say other than I was pretty “meh” about it. I’ll still rate them on Goodreads, but that’s about it. 😛
    Ana @ Read Me Away recently posted…Review 19: Flight (Lindsay Leggett)

    • trish

      I always appreciate it when friends rate a book on GR even if they don’t review it. I always check GR before I buy a book so it’s good to get a feel for how my friends felt about it. I don’t bother reviewing ‘meh’ books either (unless they were review books, in which case double meh!) but I also don’t review some books I loved just because I just didn’t want to.

    • trish

      I like weird! Looking forward to seeing your new review style soon Kelley 🙂
      And I’m with you, when I don’t feel like reviewing books I don’t. I never want reviewing to become a chore and I think if it does, then it would show in the reviews.

  5. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads

    I used to review all books that I read because I liked to share my thoughts on everything. So it was kind of not fun eventually… kind of. I’m enjoying getting back to reading for fun though!

    • trish

      I can see how that can happen Jenn and I feel like I was heading down that road too. I like picking up books just for fun without the need for a review. And a lot of the time, I do end up reviewing them just because I want to. But removing the pressure feels good.

  6. Tanya Patrice

    Hmmm – I write about every book I read, although I call them discussions, I guess it’s similar to a review. I don’t accept many “review” copies – because having deadlines, whether self imposed or not, stresses me out. And for me, that would lead to more blogging stress. I also don’t call my discssions reviews, because if I feel like throwing only 2 sentences together, then that’s what Imma do 🙂
    Tanya Patrice recently posted…#WeekendReading {Dark Places} Wine {Frontera Chile Pinot Grigio (2013)}

    • trish

      Deadlines are a bit of an enjoyment killer all right. I do read a lot of review books and that works ok for me as I really appreciate getting them! However I also love reading without the pressure to review sometimes as well. Just a matter of finding the balance I suppose. And I match your 2 sentence review with a 140 character review! Sometimes that all you need 🙂

  7. kimbacaffeinate

    I review everything I read and granted I may never read more than 4 of my own purchases in a given month..I do request books that I would have bought anyway..does that make sense? I also receive or get asked to read books that weren’t on my wishlist and will sometimes add those in. The books I receive that I am not going to read/review I giveaway.
    kimbacaffeinate recently posted…Caffeinated Confessions #12 What am I Watching?

    • trish

      Absolutely makes sense, a lot of my review books are ones I’d have bought happily. And calling books ‘pleasure books’ is a bit misleading as good books are always a pleasure no matter how you acquired them. I love that you review everything.

  8. Angie

    I too must post on goodreads. If I don’t want to review it, I just rate it with stars on there and move on. Lately I haven’t even been cross posting my blog reviews onto goodreads. I am not even sure if that adds to blog traffic.
    Angie recently posted…Is your blog a secret????

    • trish

      I don’t know if it adds to blog traffic but I like seeing all my friends review for a book together as it gives me a good feel for it if I’m thinking of buying it.
      My system is a bit different too; I post on GR first and the blog later. Don’t know why; just a habit.

  9. Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession

    Great topic Trish. I’m with you, when I first started, all I reviewed were personal books. I love doing review books but I also really like to just settle down and read a “me” book. I really like reviewing them but definitely haven’t done it as much since taking on so many review books. I have definitely decided to slow down this year so I can read more personal books and review them.
    Chelsea @ Starbucks & Books Obsession recently posted…Chelsea & Jessica Get Brazen! Down for the Count by Christine Bell

    • trish

      I know what you mean Chelsea, so far this year I’ve read a lot more ‘me’ books and I feel happier doing that as there are so many I want to get to. Once I’m reviewing less ‘review’ books, then I really want to review more of these too especially when I’m excited about the book.

  10. Greg

    Most of my books are “me” books since I usually buy books I want to read and don’t do “review” copies very often. Mainly because my reading time is limited and I don’t want to feel under pressure to read stuff I haven’t picked out. That’s just me though. As for Goodreads, I’ve been on there for a while but hardly used it- I just decided this past week to use it more, add new friends, etc. Joined a couple of groups so that’s a start! I have a feeling the more I use it, the more I’ll get sucked in. 🙂
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #35/ It’s Monday. What Are You Reading?

    • trish

      GoodReads is my favourite social media site! I just love seeing what all my friends are reading and their reactions while they read. Hope you enjoy it more as you get more active.
      I love reading review books, even if this post made me sound a bit like I was moaning! And I like ‘me’ books too. Mixing it up seems to be what works best for me.

  11. Faye @ The Social Potato

    HA! Goodreaditis! I like the sound of that. My bookish life is absolutely entangled with GR now. It’s like one cannot exist without the other so I *completely* understand your sentiments. If I don’t feel like reviewing a book, I just rate them on GR or other similar social sites for bookworks, a line or two with an additional “Review to come, maybe, if the mood strikes”, and leave it at that. Although fangirling/ranting on Twitter would be inevitable as well! Lately I just want to relax-reading without having to dissect a book’s elements one by one, but my brain just can’t stop. LOL Thankfully, there are moments when my brain does accept the concept of pleasure books so lately there have been some books in which I don’t say anything constructive at all. It feels good, honestly. No pressure or anything :))
    Faye @ The Social Potato recently posted…ARC Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor – Wickedly Awesome

    • trish

      Haha, I should use your GR line. I have a few books with ‘review to follow’ on then and it lies, all lies at this stage! Ain’t never going to happen now! And I’m a twitterer as well; I just can’t seem to shut up about a book while I read it and after I read it.
      Sounds like what you do is working for you (and it’s very similar to what I do too).

  12. Michelle @ In Libris Veritas

    I review everything I read. The only books I don’t review on my blog are erotica titles, but that may change in the future. However everything that I’ve read in the past 4 or 5 years has a review on Goodreads. When I don’t feel like reviewing books I usually shelve them as ‘need-to-review’ and I get to them when I feel like it, and it can take months but I keep a notebook filled with notes so I don’t forget what I felt for the book. I don’t read as many ‘me’ books as I would like to but generally my review books can qualify as both review and me books.
    Michelle @ In Libris Veritas recently posted…Sunday Post (96)

    • trish

      I love that you review everything you read Michelle. I usually have notes too but if I leave it too long, I find I never come back and review those ones. Sounds like it’s a system that works really well for you and I think waiting until you really want to write the review is a good plan.

  13. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I try to review everything I read. Although there are some where I either wait too long or just don’t know how to put words too, then I fall back to a basic star rating. I definitely check Goodreads before picking something up, and make sure I have everything is on a shelf and I keep track of my progress in the status. However, sometimes I leave the review itself for my blog and will just give a star rating on Goodreads. If I get a chance I will come back and post my review after I’ve published the blog post, but I get lazy 😉
    Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict recently posted…Review ~ Seduce the Darkness by Gena Showalter

    • trish

      Ohhh, I’ve done that thing of waiting too long to review too and then it never happens. I try to review asap as I know that works better for me but then life sticks its head in the way and I don’t always have time. After so long I just lose interest in trying to re-visit my feelings on the book.
      And I do the opposite to you; I put my review on GR first. I’m not sure why, it’s just a habit I have.

  14. Tabitha the Pabkins

    I don’t always review every book I read. I was doing that for awhile but then I realized …why? So like I read Innocence by Dean Koontz for my book club and I did not review it…because I would not have picked up that book on my own (even though I used to be a koontz fan)

    I always won’t necessarily review all middle books in a series. Lately I’ve found I’ll review even my fun books even if just a paragraph.

    Hell I wrote a one line GR review that said.

    “Yep, that’s right – I read it. What of it?”

    Not really a review per say – but in my case it was because it was SOO outside the norm of books I would normally read that if a friend on my GR saw that they would know that I am saying – so what if you think this is a funky book I read it anyway…and enjoyed it.

    Oh hey and when I’m not reading I game and paint! and watch anime hehe
    Tabitha the Pabkins recently posted…Review: Night Broken by Patricia Briggs

    • trish

      That is exactly the way I was; I was reviewing every book and then realised I no longer wanted to do that. Now I save it for the ‘review’ books and the other ones that I have something to say about.
      Love that GR review; it speaks volumes! I like to leave a quickie review on GR too as it helps me to remember something about my feelings for the book.

  15. Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia

    I think I could have written this post myself, Trish, because this is exactly how I approach non-review books. In a perfect world of no job and therefore, lots of free time, I would try to review everything. But I just can’t do it. I get lots of books from the library and I buy a fair amount, too, and I only review those if I’m in the mood to do so. A lot of times that means books I feel very strongly about (either positively or negatively.) But again, like you, I will always add a rating on GR.

    With non-review books, I’ve also started to take into account whether the readers of my blog are likely to want to read the review or not. I read non-fiction and other genres that I know a lot of my blogger friends don’t care for, so I think about whether or not I want to spend a couple of hours writing a review that few people will read.
    Stephanie @ Inspiring Insomnia recently posted…Review: Wicked Little Secrets by Kara Taylor

    • trish

      Funny enough I don’t actually consider who will be interested in the review or not. I just review when I have something to say and often I just want to record my thoughts for myself. Your way makes sense too though, we have to put the limited time we have to best use.
      Now if I could work full time as a reader and reviewer, then I’d happily review everything 🙂 But those pesky bills ensure otherwise!

  16. Mel@thedailyprophecy

    I think Goodreaditis is a virus, because I’ve caught it too 😉 I just can’t stay away and I like being there, updating my stuff or just searching for new books to add (never enough!) But, back to the real topic, haha.

    I don’t always review every review book. I’ve had some books where I didn’t feel like posting them on the blog, so I linked back to the review I left on Goodreads. I don’t think I MUST review all of them on the blog, especially not when I don’t have much to say.

    I do review most of the books I read though, because I love writing them.
    Mel@thedailyprophecy recently posted…Review 240. Dan Wells – Ruins.

    • trish

      LOL glad I’m not the only Goodreaditis sufferer 🙂

      I love writing reviews too and I get a sense of satisfaction after writing them. It is my only form of writing and I really enjoy the process of capturing my feels and putting them into words.

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