Another week of school is done and I am very excited to start the weekend (I don’t have to study as much haha)! Today’s topic for Let’s Talk Bookish hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books is the question whether bloggers have to review every book they read. Let’s get started!
My definite answer: no
Bloggers are allowed to post or write whatever they want, whether that be reviews, tags or discussions. Reviews are always very important for me because it’s what I base my TBR on, but there should be in no way be a pressure to review every book you read.
Reviewing bad books can also be a guideline
I know many bloggers that don’t review books which they rate only one or two stars, but instead write about them in tags or discussions. I get why people wouldn’t want to only talk down a book because it’s the work of someone and somebody poured their heart into it. I never write reviews about the books I don’t finish, but I do like to read about blogger’s experiences and how they handle a certain situation, meaning where is their cut for not continuing, why do they give the book one and not two stars etc…
I often base my TBR on other people’s reviews and therefore reading many reviews has its upsides for me, either prioritizing a book or deleting it completely. And because I think many people also tend to do that, reviewing bad books can also be a guideline!
Reviews might not be as “creative” as other posts
Many people believe that reviews are the conventional types of posts to publish and would much rather read tags, discussions or any other creative post that isn’t just one’s opinion on a certain book. To be honest, I also tend to enjoy discussions or tags more because I love the Q&A theme and also enjoy seasonal posts or pictures and all that “creative” stuff most people love! So I get why people wouldn’t want to write a review for every single book if most people enjoy more creative content. Furthermore, it is true (at least on my blog and I’ve talked with a bunch of other bloggers and they agreed!) that reviews tend to get the lowest like average while tags and discussions are more likely to be liked… On my blog, it’s often a 10-20 likes difference and that with every post I write!
So, reviewing every book can be a guideline for readers, yet it should never be mandatory. On the other hand, many people enjoy the more creative posts like tags and discussions and are not as drawn to reviews as one might think… Personally, I write a review for every book I read and also enjoy doing so!
Final conclusion: do what feels right and never let anyone else talk you out of doing something you love! Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!