This week, for the Tuesday Thingers group, Boston Bibliophile has some very interesting questions about the reviewing process:
When it comes to LT (and your blog), do you review every book you read? Do you just review Early Reviewers or ARCs? Do you review only if you like a book, or only if you feel like you have to? How soon after reading do you post your review? Do you post them other places- other social networking sites, Amazon, etc.?I'm a very slow reader. And I've only been book-blogging for a little more than a year now. So in my case, we're not talking about a mountain of books here. But I do try to review every book I read. Now I don't always make that goal, and sometimes I fall behind (like right now). But I write the reviews primarily to help me remember what I've just read, so I like to do at least a short one for each book.
Do I review only the books I enjoy? Well, I think I've said several times (probably over and over again) that I generally don't finish reading books I don't like. So if it's a book I'm not enthusiastic about, I'm not likely to review it. Unless, of course, I've promised to review it.
I post all my reviews on my blog. I post them as soon as I get them written, and I try to write them as soon as I've finished reading the book. Doesn't always happen that way, but that's the ideal situation. If I wait too long between reading and reviewing, I tend to forget too many of the important bits. So far, the only other place I've posted any reviews has been on LibraryThing. In my LT reviews, I started out just posting a link to the reviews on my blog. But lately, I've started posting the whole review – or (usually) a shorter version of the review, and then a link to the full review on my blog. I try to keep the reviews I post on LT a little shorter and less "chatty" than the ones I post on my blog.
Another question I have about the LT reviewing process is how many is too many? Before you post a review on LT, do you check to see how many people have already reviewed the book? And if there are hundreds of reviews, do you still post your own? I just posted a review of Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and noticed that there were already over four hundred reviews of that work. Well, to be expected, I suppose – it was very popular. But I'm wondering if adding to that huge mass of reviews has any benefit besides ego-boosting.
OK, enough ruminating. Well, I said I was a chatterbox, didn't I? Now it's on to post #251!