Bookish Discussion

Have I Fallen Out Of Love With Writing Reviews?

Hello friends! Those of you who’ve been following us for a while may have seen that I don’t post a ton of reviews, and even though I wanted to change that after moving to wordpress I think, after more than a year, it’s safe to say that that didn’t happen.

I’m feeling guilty.

Back when I started blogging I did two things:

  • write reviews for every. single. book. I read
  • participate in bookish memes, such as Top Ten Tuesday

So yes, I posted other content as well, but reviews were the most important part of my blog, thus it’s a bit surprising that they are now the least important part of it.

But why is that?

As I see it, there are five main reasons:

1. I simply don’t enjoy writing them anymore. These days, I love working on recommendation posts, where I can highlight multiple books at once. These allow me to jot down and share my thoughts, but they’re a lot less “controlled” than a traditional review. Basically, I can have proper fun with these posts; I can mess around with their formatting, and overall look, while reviews – with their blocks and blocks of text – are harder to format.


2. Like I mentioned, I can share multiple books in one post, which is important for me because I read a lot, and I want to shout out as many books as possible. By mentioning the same title in multiple posts, in different contexts I can hammer the message that “this book is good!!” home.


3. I’ve fallen in love with lots of authors and series recently, which prompted me to start my (‘creatively’ named) “why I love” series. This series has allowed me to take a deep dive into certain series and authors, and give you all the reasons why I love them. I try to make them fun for those who’re already fans of these series by pointing y’all to “bonus content” like interviews, or podcasts. While these posts resemble reviews, they still allow me to step outside of the traditional review format.


4. I would be lying if I said that stats don’t matter at all – as a whole, I don’t terribly care about stats, but when I see that reviews are doing extremely badly compared to other posts I publish, I get sad. 😞 I think recommendation posts take more time to put together, but reviews take more, I don’t know, brain power (?) to write. It is a complicated thing to come up with a coherent, well-organized review, so it’s a disappointment when that work doesn’t pay off.


5. Connected to the previous point is that I get the most fun out of replying to comments and having discussions with y’all. Obviously, there’s more to discuss when there are multiple books being shown in a post, not to mention that there’s also a bigger chance of you having read at least one of those books, thus a chat can ensue.


Let’s chat!

Do you enjoy writing reviews? Why/Why not? How about reading them? In general, do you like reading reviews or other types of posts?

46 thoughts on “Have I Fallen Out Of Love With Writing Reviews?

  1. I can totally see where you’re coming from! I still write reviews and do enjoy it, because I like organizing my thoughts on a book in a long, cohesive post. However, I don’t review every book I read because sometimes I find that I just don’t have that much to say about a book. If it was just ok, then it’s very hard to write an interesting post about it.

    I really like how you compile multiple books into one post! I think when I take on the reader role, I much prefer lists of book recommendations rather than one post for each book. But as a writer, I like writing one post for a book if that makes sense haha!

    You just have to do what makes you happy! And anyways, your posts are always so interesting πŸ˜€

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    1. Ah, thank you SO MUCH for your kind words, Emily! πŸ₯° I’m so happy you enjoy my posts, and find my recs and mini reviews enjoyable. πŸ₯° I feel you on writing long, cohesive reviews! I rarely want to, but when I do find a book I have a lot to say about (usually one I loved), I love sharing my detailed opinion about it. πŸ™‚ (Also, your reviews are great, so do keep writing them!!)

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  2. I hear you! Book reviews require a whole lot more brainpower and it is often one of the least likely to be read content in blogs. Most bloggers are inclined to read discussion posts and book recs! I like how you format your recommendation posts tho especially that you link to podcasts and interviews; this posts require a lot of attention to detail but is still enjoyable to write :>

    This might sound ironic but I really enjoy writing book reviews THAN reading them. HAHAHHA nevertheless, I think it’s really better to just write what you want to plus you wouldn’t get burn out! Blogging slumps are the worst :< Love this discussion and I really do think that a lot of bloggers (especially long time ones) can relate to this.

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    1. Thank you so much, it means a lot that you appreciate my “why I love” series!! I love working on those posts, even though they’re time-consuming. I think the key is that I write about my favorite books and authors, so it doesn’t feel like work? And it’s nice that these posts tend to do way better than my simple reviews, so I know that my favorites are getting to more people. πŸ˜€

      Haha, someone else mentioned the same thing before you!! I like reading reviews more than writing them, I think, but I do prefer discussions, mini reviews and recommendation posts to reviews. I agree – ultimately, we’re blogging because we like doing this, so we should write whatever we want. πŸ˜€ Thank you!!

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  3. Similar to you I’ve been writing reviews since I started my blog and I still write them. Recently though, I felt like I needed to change my review style and it helped me feel more inspired to write them. I personally love writing reviews because no matter what, I always feel like I have something to say about a book once I finish it. Although I love reading bloggers reviews too, I’ve loved going more in-depth into certain aspects of a book that maybe others don’t mention or talk about.
    I totally understand about the stats on reviews, that can be a bummer for me too😭, but it’s cool seeing you have other ways to talk about books, that’s something I’m hoping to do more on my blog too. Also, I’ll have to find your “Why I Love” series it sounds like fun! Loved reading this post! πŸ˜„πŸ’ž

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    1. I think changing your review style can really help with staying excited about reviewing!! I’m glad it restored your love for reviewing. πŸ˜€ Ooh, I love in-depth reviews! They tend to help convince me to pick up a book, because it’s so interesting to see certain aspects of a novel highlighted or analyzed that I haven’t seen mentioned before.
      Argh, I should have linked my why I love series, and I should definitely write more of them!! Those posts are so fun to write. πŸ˜€

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  4. I go through phases with my reviews. There was a time a few years back when I haaaated writing them with a passion, but somehow the spark reignited for me towards the end of last year and now I love them! Reviews do quite well on Booktube over time (not so much to start with) so I think that motivated me a bit. It’s a shame they don’t do better on book blogs!

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  5. Yes book reviews take a lot of effort to write and like you said they are less popular and you can’t really have a discussion in the comments. I have taken to writing them on goodreads because I don’t care about the formatting, I just write about the book whatever I feel like and I’m just doing it for me so I feel less pressure. But I rarely post them on my blog I definitely enjoy different types of posts which can open up creativity and I want to do more recommendations or talking about more than one book because they feel more exciting and fun !!
    I definitely agree with all your thoughts !! Thank you for sharing !! ❀

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    1. I’m so lazy, I don’t even write reviews on Goodreads, not even short ones. 😭 I’m happy you found a way to keep track of your thoughts while not feeling pressured to share them on your blog, or to spend time on formatting them. I think the key is to enjoy what we write, and it sounds like you do! I agree wholeheartedly about other types of posts – they’re just more fun to write and I can get more creative with them. πŸ™‚

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  6. i totally get what you mean!! i used to write a lot of reviews… for nearly every book i read!! but i much prefer writing a few sentences on a monthly wrap-up or doing ‘mini-reviews’ and i get what you mean about the stats… reviews take SO long to write and put together… and they don’t always get that many views, so it can seem really pointless????

    i loved this post!!

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    1. I love sharing books in my monthly wrap ups, and mini reviews are great!! I agree – the stats do make writing reviews seem pointless, especially because I usually review books I loved (not always, though) so I want people to see my post and then support the books and their authors. In a rec post or a mini review there’s a much bigger chance of someone seeing and liking the books than in a review. Thank you!!

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  7. Oh, this is such an interesting discussion post! πŸ₯° I have always loved writing reviews but throughout my years blogging I kind of changed how I organize them! Back in the day I would review every single book on my blog and it became exhausting πŸ˜… Now I only review ARC’s and 5-star books in-depth on the blog and review everything else on Goodreads, where there’s less pressure for me to write a ‘perfect’ review 😊

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  8. I still like writing reviews, but I agree they take a lot of thought and they tend to get fewer views than other types of posts. I think lists get more interaction because people have more options to choose from in terms of what they want to respond to.

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  9. I like writing reviews, but yeah it’s so true they don’t get much engagement. Last year I had only had 2 book reviews out of I think 25 posts on my blog, 1 was a 2017 release and one was for a blog tour. Now I only read anticipated releases of mine I have as ARCs or new releases.

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    1. I’m glad you like writing reviews, but it’s sad that they don’t get a lot of engagement. 😦 A lot of the times when I do write a full review it’s for a book I *loved* so it makes me sad when people don’t read it, because I want EVERYONE to read said book. πŸ˜…

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  10. I like writing reviews but I do find myself bored with reading them except for the bloggers whose tastes are very similar to mine. I think recommendations and random blog ramblings are a lot more fun to read (and write).

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    1. Ugh, I’m sorry you went through that, I’m mad reviews don’t get as much love as they deserve. I don’t do the Sunday Post, but I do monthly wrap ups, and it’s so great to have a chance to discuss everything I read (or whatever I want to highlight) in these types of posts. πŸ˜€

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  11. My objective with blogging was to scream about books with other people who love to scream about books, so you don’t have to do that via reviews. I think of my TTT as recommendations posts, because I only list books I have read and loved (unless it’s an anticipating post), and to be honest, I do my own topic most weeks. But, I like being part of it, even if I am doing it my way.

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    1. Yes, I definitely agree with you on this, Sam! Plus, I think, mentioning more books per post means I can interact with a post better, and I do love commenting on posts. (I love when you do your Five Star Friday, or when you review two or more books together!)

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  12. There’s nothing wrong with your changing how you do your blog. What is important is that you’re still reading, and that you’re sharing the book love. So if it isn’t straight reviews, that doesn’t really matter. Everyone needs to remember that they should be themselves for their blogs!

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  13. See this is the thing – I LOVE writing reviews. And I actually like writing them more than any other kind of blog post, but reviews are not the most popular posts on book blogs anymore. They simply don’t make the same amount of views, as you said. So I feel like I need to cushion my blog with other content and when I do it’s only semi book related because my favourite ‘other’ content is actually yoga, food or nail art related πŸ˜› So I am quite stuck with my blog. I want to make it entirely a space for me but I also want people to enjoy reading it? Anyway, I still write review notes and eventually a full review or mini review for every book I read as I review for myself first and foremost. I can only blog weekly so my blog doesn’t see them all. But if you don’t enjoy writing reviews don’t feel a need to! Book blogs have definitely evolved away from them lately…

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    1. That’s good – although, yes, bad because of the stats – because I *love* reading your reviews!! I think you write great reviews & I love your photos in them, as well. Also, I love when you review multiple books together, e.g. when you did the Sherlock novels/stories! That was so fun to read for me. πŸ˜€ But then again your other posts are great, as well. I think what matters is to enjoy what we write, because it does show when we continuously force ourselves to do certain things we don’t enjoy.

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  14. Because I review whole series at once I don’t have to generate a review for each title I read so that helps a bit. But I ran into a review writing fatigue a few years ago where it was tedious to write them. So I changed how I compile reviews. Like instead of one general blurb in the post, I break things down into components and write as if it was a question I am answering. That helped a lot because it gave me some direction with my review writing because I could focus on specific things.

    But like you, I enjoy those more content driven posts and the interactions they provide. Plus I find it breaks up the monotony of writing review post after review post. So I try to include those in my posting schedule when I can.

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    1. I’ve recently reviewed The Diviners, and I loved writing about the whole series in one post, so I understand why you’ve chosen to review series. Like you said, there’s a lot more to discuss, and I felt like I could dive deep into topics the books touched upon. I think switching up your review format can help tons, and I’m glad you found the right one for you. πŸ˜€

      Yes, I agree with you, I like to post a great variety of posts, it’s fun to do different things. πŸ™‚

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  15. I get it. Reviews aren’t the most popular posts and it does suck when you’ve put work in and your excited to talk about a book… and then no one else is. yet reviews are the posts I can churn out without too much effort. I don’t have to plan head I just put my thoughts on a page and post. I find other posts more difficult, discussions and rec posts and I don’t know why. I love the comments and the discussion, but I don’t always love the effort involved. I say you do you. Enjoying blogging is the key thing so I say we all post what we enjoy writing.

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    1. I’m glad reviews are easier to write for you, and that you enjoy them. I totally agree – the most important thing is to write what we enjoy writing, and not force ourselves to work on content we hate. Plus, I do love your reviews, so I’m in support of you writing them. πŸ˜…

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  16. Something I’ve noticed about writing on my blog is that writing longwinded meaningful posts is hard work! which is probably why I never do it unless I have something to say LOL. But lately I’ve been writing “what I love” posts as well… and it’s just so fun. I feel you.

    -M
    MEGHAN

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    1. Yeah, I agree about long, detailed posts! And I find it that they’re only fun if I actually have something to say – otherwise, why bother? I’d just be forcing myself to write, which would probably make the end result less than perfect.

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  17. I understand where you’re coming from, and I really think that your alternative to reviews work well and spice up your blog. Then again…I’m a stubborn old lady who writes reviews for each and every book – not only, but I first write minis on GR (which I collect 3 at a time on my Review Morsels posts later), and after a while, I reread the books and write full reviews for them! Of course, since I’m very selective with the books I buy (and even with the ones I request from NetGalley), I don’t have a ton of books to talk about at any given time, so it sort of makes sense that I would do that. But the fact is, I feel compelled to review every book in detail, even when I realise that my previous mini-review was far better than the full one I’m squeezing out of my brain. To me, each and every book deserves a full review, whether it’s because it was awesome or because it didn’t work at all for me and people need to know why…

    But, do I read reviews? I do if you consider GR, because I research every book I’m interested in to death, and of course reading reviews for it is part of the process. I must admit, though, that I have to make a conscious effort to read reviews for books I’m not already interested in, or that – based on the synopsis – don’t sound up my alley. I try to stay updated with my friends’ reviews even if the book doesn’t interest me, but there are only so many hours in a day – even now that I’m on wages guarantee fund, because I’ve taken to tend to the house more – so I’m guilty of skipping them from time to time…or maybe I do read them and I don’t comment because I don’t know what to say!

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    1. Thank you!! I’m glad you enjoy my alternatives. πŸ™‚ I honestly admire your dedication to writing reviews, especially when you first write a mini review and then move on to write a full one! Also, I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again because reviews and reviewers deserve all the appreciation – I love your reviews and reviewing style. I tend to read all of your reviews, even if I’m not interested in the books, or if I end up not having anything to say at the end. (That’s one reason why I like wordpress, the like button at the end is such a nice way to say “love your post” even when I don’t know what to comment beyond that.)

      That’s actually something multiple people have said in the comments – they write reviews and like writing them, but don’t necessarily read a lot of them. I think it’s completely fine to read whatever posts you want and to support your friends however you can, and you are definitely very supportive. πŸ™‚

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  18. I relate to this post so much!! When I first started blogging, I used to post one review a week because I thought that that was what I was supposed to do as a book blogger. But as time went by, I stopped writing book reviews, and then never felt the need to continue posting them on my blog. I try not to care about stats too much, but it’s still hurtful when a post you worked really hard on doesn’t get much engagement, and it’s universally agreed upon that reviews are the ones that do the worst stats-wise. Most of all though, I just don’t find writing them fun πŸ˜‚ Despite how it seemed in my “what it takes for me to rate a book 5 stars” post, I find it hard to explain why I rated a book x. Sometimes I just can’t find the words and sometimes the reason is extremely personal and unfair to the book. Also, I find that having to put on my critical readerβ„’ lenses while reading a book for review just makes me enjoy it even less

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    1. I agree with everything you said! Critical reading lenses are something I’ve always struggled with – for me, taking notes or whatever while reading sucks the joy out of any book. And yes!! Explaining why I enjoyed something can be so difficult! And sometimes, especially with three star reads, I know my review comes off as very negative, but it’s supposed to be more on the “this was mediocre” side. I’d much rather write rec posts and share my thoughts in those, in a more concise way.

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  19. My blog used to be all about reviews with some other things mixed in, but I agree that I’ve sort of fallen out of love with reviewing. I think after years of doing it, I feel like I have less to say about each individual book. I definitely prefer posting Bite-Sixed Reviews where I review a bunch of books all at once.

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    1. Yes, I agree with you. And, after a while, reviews started to feel repetitive, even when I tried to mess with the format. I like your bite sized reviews posts, and I prefer reading these types to full reviews. There’re more books, more info, and a bigger chance of me finding something to comment about or add to my tbr. πŸ™‚

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  20. I really dislike writing reviews! There’s something about the formality of them that makes me freeze up and forget everything I had to say about a book. If not for NetGalley and e-arcs, I probably wouldn’t write any reviews at all! In fact, I may stop requesting e-arcs, just so that I don’t have any pressure to write reviews anymore!

    Like you I much prefer writing discussions. Recently, I’ve been writing discussion posts and then recommending books at the end that fit with the theme I discussed. I really like this format because it allows me to specify what I liked about specific books in an organic manner. And it means that I’m only recommending books I enjoyed instead of reviewing books that I felt just meh about and really have nothing else to say about how I felt.

    This was such a relatable post! I really enjoyed it! πŸ’•

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    1. That’s one of the main reasons I stopped requesting e-arcs. πŸ˜… It felt like such a chore to get to a book by a certain date and then to write something coherent about it. πŸ˜… I agree, reviews feel so formal + the pressure is on to make them fun and interesting, especially if it’s a book I loved and would recommend.

      I’ve really loved your posts recently, and I think that format sounds great! I agree, these type of posts allow us to recommend what we like, and not just one, or two, but as many as we want and can fit into the post. πŸ™‚

      Thank you! πŸ˜€

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