Do You Need to Review ALL the Books You Read? | Book Snacks Babbles

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Hello! Welcome back again to another Book Snacks Babbles discussion post! Like last week’s discussion post, today’s post is another reviewer-type question—the question is directed more towards book reviewers. But, anyone can offer opinions!

Ever have those times where you fall into, say, a reviewing slump? No? Well, it’s one of the times where even though you’re still reading books, you don’t feel like reviewing them. I’ll be honest with you; this has happened to me before—unintentionally, of course. I’m reading, reading, working on schoolwork, reading, and suddenly I don’t feel like finishing the reviews of the books I recently read. Soon one becomes many and, well.. you probably know what that leads to (a very exasperated and frustrated Analee, if you didn’t know… oh, and a lot of books to review.) Which is how this question sprung to me… do we, as book bloggers, have to review each book we read? Well, get comfy and let’s babble!

Do You Have to Review ALL the Books You Read?

Reviews have a few purposes, I find. One, of course, is for yourself, to either rant about a book or have a record of how you felt about a book. The second is for others. Because reviews are when you write down your thoughts on a book and with that other readers can make the decision on whether THEY want to read the book as well.

But… what are some reasons we wouldn’t want to write reviews? Because those are the causes for this question to occur at all, right?

Well, I’m gonna answer my own question here and name off a few (with a few tips on how to deal!):

1) Sometimes, it just takes too much effort. I can’t really say for sure how this one works because this was never a situation I found myself to be in, but I can definitely understand it. Just like blogging and reading slumps, sometimes it’s just too hard to take the effort to write reviews.

Tip: Nothing to do for this one other than find motivation! Read some reviews of other bloggers, check out their style and see if it inspires you to come up with your own. 

2) Not enough time. I know some people might think of this as a poor excuse, but it’s really not! I think EVERYONE can agree with me when I say there’s not enough time to read/blog these days. Well, it can be the same for reviews! So many to write (depending on the books you read), but not enough time to write them—we’ve all been in some kind of similar situation I’m sure.

Tip: I’ll get back to you on this one…! LOL, just kidding. This one is definitely one I’m subjected to, so right now I’m failing at offering any useful tips other than try to find time on the weekends! Hopefully you’ll be better at finding time on the weekends than I am. If any of you have any other tips though, I’m all ears!

3) ‘Uhhh… I can’t remember what happened in the book.’ Ah. Those pesky reviews that you have avoided writing since 6 months ago have finally caught up with you! In this situation,  since you’ve forgotten what happened in the book and your thoughts on it, you’ve abandoned writing the review, am I right? 😛

Tip: If you know you’re going to have a hard time remembering things in the book, take notes! How you felt at a specific moment, a quote you liked that reminds you of the story, etc. If you’re not much of a notes-while-reading person, I recommend just quickly making notes after you read to keep track of your thoughts for later.

4) Sometimes, there’s just nothing to say ABOUT the book. Oooh, this one can be tough! When you feel indifferent about a book or found it boring, it can be hard to find something to say about the book, hence you put off writing the review on it.

Tip: Dig deep and see if there’s anything, anything, anything at all you can say about this book, whether positive or negative. No book is without some merit!

Okay, so I’m going waaaay off topic now. All this is good and well, but the question still remains; do you have to review each book you read? Well, it’s time for a pros and cons list so we can find out!

Pros of reviewing each book you read

  • Great for future reference. By reviewing each book you read, you have more records of your thoughts on different books, so if you ever need to remember how you felt on a book (like for first book in a series or something) then you can always look back to your review.
  • Practice makes perfect! Through writing reviews of each book you read, you’re getting more chances to experiment with your reviewing style and practice using the one that suits you and your voice best. And that’s always a good thing, right? 🙂
  • More reviews! Yay! A well-thought out review is always fun to read, especially if you’re reviewing a hyped book. It opens possibilities for discussion and different perspectives to be seen, and that’s definitely a pro.

Cons of reviewing each book you read

  • It becomes more of a requirement (at times). When you start to review each book, there becomes this expectation for you to do a review for ALL the books.. and if you’re anything like me then you know once you start something, you don’t want to stop because it’ll ruin the pattern (even if you want to or should stop). SIGH. My own personality if working against me.
  • Less time to read (and maybe do other stuff like school.. sigh). Now, this isn’t always the case, but as with any kind of activity, the more time you spend on it, the less time you have for other important stuff (also known as READING)!
  • More reviews to organize in your review index! (ugh.) Yes, this is a valid reason. (Unless you don’t have one.) Most of us know how bothersome it can be to update our review index(es) with newer reviews! Once you forget to update it for a while and then have a huge pile of reviews, it becomes quite the time-consumer.

I’m sure there are much more pros and cons to add, but I’ll leave it at that. (But feel free to suggest some of your own down below!)

So… do we HAVE to review ALL the books we read?

Personally, I say no! Even though my (pitifully small, I admit) pros and cons list are basically even, at the end of the day, it’s your choice and your choice only. If you don’t want to review a book, don’t! If you do, go right ahead. It’s all up to you.


What do you think? Do you have to review ALL the books you read? Do you ever fall into a reviewing slump? What is the cause for it? What are some pros and cons do you think I missed? Let me know whatever thoughts you may have below! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

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43 thoughts on “Do You Need to Review ALL the Books You Read? | Book Snacks Babbles

  1. I agree with you, I don’t think it’s necessary to review every book we read (but that’s probably because I read really fast and I would be overwhelmed by the amount of reviews), rather I review the books that I feel I can talk about. I’d rather not post a review on a book, rather than write a long piece on why I didn’t really feel anything towards it (I make an exception for really hyped books).

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    • Haha same here, I read at a generally fast rate (depending on the amount of time I have) and it gets incredibly hard to keep up with my reviews.. part of the reason I made this post! I was so conflicted for such a long time about writing reviews because I was so overwhelmed with pending reviews. :/ One of solutions though is to write a series of mini-reviews when I think they’re books people would like to know about (so hyped books, pretty much) and I don’t feel like writing full-length reviews. 🙂

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  2. You make some great points there. I think it depends on the blogger. Reviewing each book I read certainly makes me read less books because I sometimes get backed up with reviews and don’t want to move on to a new book without writing up a review for the oldest one I read. My plan for my blog is to record my thoughts on the books I read so I review all the books I read. Sometimes I fall into reviewing slumps so it helps that I have a notebook where I jot down my thoughts when done with the book. It really comes in handy and most times all I need to do is retype what’s in there word for word (especially for rants). That cuts down on time. And yea, I agree that time is an issue, especially these days.

    Yep, sometimes there really isn’t much to say about the book so I’ve been toying with doing mini-reviews in those cases. I use mini-reviews for the comics I read because comics are short so my thoughts on them are short as well. My advice for finding time to review is…..it’s hard to find time so best to jot down your thoughts as you go and after you’re done so when you’re ready to review, you spend less time forcing yourself to remember….that’s probably not very helpful. Such a hard question.

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    • For me, I find that I just tend to read as normal, but have too many reviews piling up, which causes me to just kind of ignore reviews completely? It just brings a sense of dicouragement when I look at how many reviews I have to write, which is partially what inspired this topic of discussion in the first place. 😉 And that’s a very good idea! Writing down what you thought of the book after you finish must be helpful. Might have to try that out! Ugh, if only we had more time on our hands!

      I’ve only tried doing a mini-reviews post once, but I really liked it! It made writing reviews a lot easier because they were faster to write and hence I was more eager to tackle it. Thanks so much for the help! It IS helpful, I tried doing it a few times but then kind of stopped? Will probably try to get back into the habit of that sometime. 🙂

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  3. It also depends whether or not the book fits with the niche your blog is in, if you have one. Some blogs are strictly romance or strictly YA, so the other books they read they don’t have to review. Personally I’m trying to review every book I read because my blog is a bit of everything. I’m a couple books behind now because I was focusing on a readathon, but I think I’ll be able to get to all of them soon. Let’s hope, haha.

    Also when it comes to ARCs I think you should definitely review every ARC you read (if you’re a blogger/reviewer). It’s almost impolite not to, because that’s why you’ve requested it after all.

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    • That’s a very good point, Anette! 🙂 Same, my blog has all sorts of books and once upon a time I was desperate on trying to review every single book I read, but it soon became impossible? There’s just SO MANY.. which is what inspired this post, actually. I still haven’t given up on that hope (to review all the books I read) but I’m much more realistic about it (it’s not happening anytime soon.. and even then it might not be ALL). I wish you luck on keeping up with your goal though! ❤

      Oh yes, definitely! That's one thing you should NOT skip out on reviewing.

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  4. I make it a point to, at the VERY least, review any Indie/self-published books that I happen to read. Because I know for a fact that they need those reviews to get noticed by Amazon especially. If I’m reading a bestseller and I jump right into the next book, maybe I won’t write a review on it.
    I also don’t always post every review on my blog, but I do try to get something down on Amazon/Goodreads.

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    • I don’t actually get the chance to read many self-published books, but yes, I agree, I’d definitely try and review those as well! 🙂 I do WANT to write a review on a bestseller, or hyped book, but more often than not I get caught up in reading and never get the chance? Such a struggle!
      That’s a good idea, I might start posting more of my review on Goodreads maybe and save a select few for the blog. ❤

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  5. I have to agree with you. It’s true that I do try to review as many books I can simply to know what I though 😉 It happens that I’ve read a book, gave it these 3 or even 4 stars and yet I completely don’t remember why I liked it and should I read the next book.
    My goal is to review all the books I’ve requested or received for review and the ones I bought by myself might be left without comments 😉

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    • If I had the time to write a review for every book I read, I totally would! 🙂 I love writing reviews.. it just gets to the point where I don’t have any time because I have SO MANY reviews I haven’t yet written… And yes, reviewing books we’ve requested or received for review is definitely important! ❤

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  6. What a great post Analee! I definitely agree with all the points you stated. This has happened to me as well. I have a list of 10-15 books that I’ve read but I still need to review them but mainly my problem was I couldn’t fit those books in my review schedule because of the arcs, now I’m trying to finish them by February and resisting myself to request more of them (it’s sooo hard!) so that I can actually make some time to post my reviews of those books but sometimes I just didn’t feel like it or I thought I would do it later but then forgot. But I definitely want to review them in a few months or so. Loved this post! 🙂

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    • Thank you! ❤ It's really such a struggle. There are SO MANY books that I read and one to two reviews to write suddenly becomes 20 and it just keeps increasing?? XD My to-review pile honestly has a mind of its own. Haha I totally get you, resisting the temptation to request books is SO HARD! I wish you luck on keeping up with your review piles. 😉 Thanks!

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    • I think I’ve kind of come to the same conclusion.. I’m still holding on to the hope (maybe someday) but it’s too hard for me right now. There are just too many books now that I haven’t reviewed yet and unfortunately I don’t have the time for them!

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    • Oh yes, that’s very true! After a lot of time has passed since I read the book, I find my thoughts on how I felt on the book are a lot less clear and more blurred since I can’t remember them as clear as before.

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  7. I absolutely loved reading this, Analee! I personally felt for a long time that I had to review EVERYTHING I read, for myself, for other bloggers because what if they’re curious about that book, and on and on and on. But lately particularly, I’m lacking time and sometimes I read too many books, didn’t take notes, and I feel like my review is going to suck 😦 so I’m kind of on the fence right now about that particular subject… I love your tips, though !

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    • Thank you Marie!! ❤ Omg sameeeee. That's pretty much what inspired this post, actually. I felt so conflicted because I felt like I had to review all the books I read (and I wanted to, for a while) but then I just had legit NO TIME and that really put a damper on everything. I read too many books and I just don't get the chance to write up a review fast enough before my thoughts become clouded… SIGH. So many struggles. Thanks!

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  8. I totally agree with everything you’ve stated! I’ve been through Review slump and it’ll eventually lead to more work and more books to review which is definitely frustrating. So, I’ve decided to review only particular books but not all of the books I read. Nice topic btw! 😀

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    • Thanks! ❤ Oh, reviewing slump is such a struggle. (Though I kind of go through it every day pretty much because my review piles are HUGEEE. No joke!) Since I have so many books to review (but not enough time) it's clear I'm gonna be picking and choosing the books to review. It's just not possible otherwise! Thanks, Raven!

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  9. Great post! So at the moment I am writing a review for every book I read. At the start of writing every review it is hard but when I start writing for ten minutes of more, I get more into the flow of it. I believe that if you truly don’t want to review a book you shouldn’t, no one can really force you too. But if you do want to share your opinions, swallow your procrastination and write!

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    • Thank you! ❤ Yayy good for you! I love writing reviews, except the problem for me is that I have SO MANY to write, I don't know where to start and I just don't have the time. Also procrastination.. XD Yes, that's very good advice! People (ME) can be quite lazy sometimes and that definitely prevents things getting done!

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  10. I review almost every book, but I have a few exceptions. Rereads, of course. Unless I just have some new huge thought about them, where I’ll do a special post, I won’t do a rewrite each time I read, say harry potter. It would get old, fast. Also, poetry anthologies or big old legends that take me forever to read. Again, unless I have a ton of insight about them, no one wants to heat how it took me 4 months to get through the faerie queene. I’m barely understanding it myself. And then there are the “did not finshers”. I hate those. I feel such an obligation to them, but if I feel like I am only trying to finish them to do a review…it’s time to walk away.

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  11. There are some books that I have read, that I just didn’t feel like reviewing…like Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee…I bought that the week it came out and read it the day I bought it, but I just didn’t want to review it. Same with Splintered by A.G. Howard…I might get to it at some point, but who knows. If I don’t feel like reviewing a book that I actually bought, I don’t worry about it so much. I always review ARC books and books from NetGalley, because that’s important, but in my opinion, if you bought it, you read it, but you don’t feel like reviewing it , then don’t. No biggie!

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  12. Ah, this post is so accurate. Especially the point where eventually, when you become so inclined to write a review, that it feels like a requirement. A lot of the time it becomes that—a chore, rather than enjoyment, so that’s why I tend to ask myself if the book I read NEEDS a review. If I can’t finish a book, or only read up to a certain number of pages (anything below 150, usually) then I’ll either put a small review on Goodreads, or post a collection of Mini-reviews along with any other books I failed to finish. I think, if you really can’t think of anything or are struggling, to not force yourself to review the book. It isn’t bad, so don’t beat yourself up.

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  13. Totally agree, I feel like it’ll be such a burden for someone to review ALL the books they read! Especially if we’re not in the mood or that we don’t really have anything much to say about that book.

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  14. Sometimes I love reviewing, sometimes I just don’t feel like it. You just need a book for pleasure and forget about being all reviewer and critical and etc sometimes. But I think part of being a reviewer is also doing that—taking notes and analyzing books. So personally I think we should generally have that mindset but let go when we need to! Just read! Why not!
    You babbles are my favorite.

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  15. I don’t think you have to review every book you read. It should be something you enjoy, not something you feel you have to do. For me, I just don’t feel like writing a whole post on a book sometimes, and I shouldn’t have to. I think people should just review whatever they want, and as frequently as they want 🙂

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  16. Great topic, and I think the answer really depends on the blogger and why they review books to begin with. Personally, I began my blog as a way for myself to keep track of what I’ve read and what I thought of it–I never expected to have the awesome readership and community that I do. And because of my initial purpose, I do try to review just about everything. But st the same time, my reviews are a lot shorter and simpler than many people’s, which makes slumps less common. 🙂

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  17. Love this topic! I am part of a very happy medium. I hand write a review for every book I read as soon as I finish reading it (most of the time). The ones I share on my blog and expand on are ones I’ve really loved, really hated or arcs. Last year i started off very well and then when I got to May I kept putting them off. So at the end of the year I had 16! Yep 16 books I hadn’t reviewed. Now I’ve been going back and looking at both negative and positive reviews to help me remember what happened so I can actually review it for myself. I still have 5 left to do and what I hope to do is slowly share those at least on Goodreads. I don’t feel like I have to but it is nice to go back and see how I felt about books ages ago, more to keep track of the genres I like and things like that than for anything else

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  18. Awesome discussion post, Analee! Well I know for me I do want to eventually be able to review every book I read precisely because of the pros you’ve listed. And I know a con is that sometimes it might feel like an obligation but when I have reviewing slumps I just let it be most times. There’s been many times where I’ve reviewed something I’ve read months later when I have more inspiration. However, I have to say I don’t really have any reviews backlisted mainly because the rate I read and pick up books are much slower; I rarely have book reviews in the drafting queue.

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  19. Very great discussion post, Analee! 🙂 I very much relate to your reasons as to why an individual wouldn’t want to review a book. For me, if I want a solid and somewhat detailed review, I have to start typing it immediately after I finish the novel. However, this almost NEVER happens so then that leads to me forgetting everything (because I have really poor memory) or not finding enough to say about that novel. So yes, reviewing a novel can be a pain, but I definitely review novels when I feel I need to express my opinions and such…Oh, so yeah, I agree 100% with you lol.

    -Jess @jbelkbooks

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  20. I review ALL the books, but I don’t post all of them on my blog. If I wrote a detailed review for a particular book, it goes to my blog. For shorter reviews / DNF reasons, I usually just post the review on Good Reads. If it was written by an indie author and the book was solid (which means I have a lot of faith in it and I want everyone else to know), I will cross post it to Amazon and any other online book retail store. I always believed that reviews help the authors, in one way or another, so when I decided I wanted to be a book reviewer I try to be one as much as I could 🙂

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  21. This is such an interesting topic! I’ve definitely skipped a review because of #3 and #4, but I try to review every book because I think it’s fun to later reread my review to see what I thought of it 🙂 Plus as a writer you can learn from what you liked and disliked in a book!

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  22. Personally, I think no you do not have to review every book you read. I think it’s better and more useful to review mostly when you LOVED or HATED a book, and maybe only a few where you felt indifferent. That way you have the motivation to express your feelings with others

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