I’m so sorry for the republishing!! I made a mistake and accidentally scheduled this one earlier than I meant to, and it wasn’t edited enough for me to feel okay putting it on the internet!! Here we are, a week later though!!!
Hey friends!! I’ve been thinking a lot about how many books bloggers are obliged to review lately, and so I wanted to write a discussion post about it!!
When I first started blogging, I reviewed literally every single book I read. Seriously. Something like the first 40 books I read this year (I started my blog in January) I reviewed. Dutifully. Every single one.
But then it got to feeling like reviewing was more like a chore. When I finish a book, I usually don’t really want to review it, and put it off for a few days. Especially when I want to read another book, which I always want to do more than I want to review. And then it ends up that I’ve piled up 10 books I’ve read but not reviewed, and then it’s just overwhelming and none of them get reviewed.
So lately, I was thinking about whether bloggers are under an obligation to review their books. I feel like bloggers should definitely review every ARC they get. Those are marketing tools, given them for a review, not just for the free book! But what about the non ARCs?
At first, I’m inclined to say that there’s no obligation to review the book at all! Of course this isn’t our job! But also, sometimes I constantly hype up books. I talk about them constantly on my Weekly Wrap Ups and how much I adored them, or how much I can’t wait to read them, listing all the great things I’ve heard about them! I’ve had several people comment on those posts something along the lines of I can’t wait to read your review, and can’t help but feel a tinge of guilt when that review never comes.
So in this case, I think that if bloggers are constantly hyping up and talking about a book, we should really make an effort to review it. Definitely prioritize it over other books not really mentioned. But, at the end of the day, if we don’t get around to reviewing it, that’s totally fine! We have to do what’s best for us, first, at the end of the day.
Do you think bloggers should review all the books they talk about? How about all the ARCs they get? I’d love to hear in the comments below 🙂