Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books. Around 5-7 a week. If you check my monthly recaps, every month I read about 20-30 books. However, half the time, I only review about 70% of those books. Not because I don’t want to, but because I don’t have enough blog space. Co-blogging with Nereyda means I get 2-3 days a week to post my content, while she gets the others, as well as one day to post our weekly recaps. Now, don’t get me wrong, I have zero complaints about this scheme. In fact, I like it, because it’s relaxing, and once I got into the habit, it became a very natural part of my life. I do admit though that I also feel guilty for not reviewing everything that I’m reading? I’m not quite sure how to explain why I feel that way. I know there’s no rule that says that you HAVE to review everything that you read – there is no right way to blog, after all!
A lot of time what happens though is a lot of the books that I purchased or borrowed from the library are the ones that wind up going un-reviewed. Or most of the time, the books I didn’t like and don’t have much to say about don’t end up being reviewed. I hate that. It makes me wonder if people think I’m a blogger who ONLY reviews advanced readers copies or a reviewer who LOVES all the books that she reads? And that gets me anxious too. Because I don’t want to give out the impression that I’m only blogging for the ARCs. I blog because I like talking about books. ARCs are a nice side perk. I’ve struggled with this thought this year, in particular. When I started the year, one of my goals was to do more discussion posts and more personal posts as well. Well, that hasn’t happened, because I’ve had to prioritize my reviews. In fact, I think this is the first discussion post I’ve written this year, which is sucky because I have a full bullet journal spread with all the discussion post ideas that I want to tackle, that I haven’t had a chance to. Thankfully for you all, Nereyda is always churning out a bunch of non-review posts to balance out all the reviews I do, so the blog doesn’t seem as monotonous.
So what can I do to change things? I’ve considered a bunch of mini-reviews in one giant post, but I’m not sure if you guys like reading them, because they can get lengthy, and I have a feeling a lot of you would lose interest after the 3rd or 4th book – I understand, we don’t have all the time in the world to be reading blog posts. Also, sometimes I tend to ramble in my mini-reviews, and they wind up being like 50000 words each, which makes them not so mini. I’ve also considered doing a one-line pitch, Tweet-style, sort of reviews for some books that I don’t have a lot to say about. Or maybe do list posts featuring books with same themes. I just don’t know, and I know this post mostly doesn’t make a lot of sense, but I would really love any ideas you may have so that I can find ways to feature all the books that I’m reading. I’m all ears, because I really want YOUR input because you are the readers, and though I do blog for myself, I also want to cater to you.