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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books

Hello and happy Friday.

I am in a state of shock. As I’ve mentioned once, twice, a million times, I’m starting my study abroad programme soon. When I get there we’ve got this “retreat” for foreign students and I’ve just found out I’ve been put in “camping and outdoor activities”. I’ve not been camping since I was three years old and now I’m going to be camping in a foreign country with total strangers. I’m going to need a minute to process this new information.

In the mean time, let’s crack on with a new week and a new topic of Let’s Talk Bookish!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme create by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the August 2022 prompts!

This week’s topic is … Reviewing Books? (Rachel @ A Bookworm in Paradise)

Prompts: What makes you want to review or not review a book? Do you review every book you read? Are some books harder to review than others? Do you review books you disliked? If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards? Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?


What makes you want to review or not review a book? 

Me choosing to review a book all comes down to whether or not I actually have anything to say. Sometimes I love a book but all I can muster up is “I really loved this book”. This is not interesting to read or to write so I prefer to just express my love in a wrap up or future recommendation posts.


Do you review every book you read?

I don’t have the time or the energy to review every book I’ve read. Props to the people that are whipping out even just one review a week.


Are some books harder to review than others? 

Blog Tours – I love them, but I also get really stressed about writing my reviews for them. Like I said, I write reviews when I have something to say, and sometimes I’m part of a Blog Tour where I’m required to write a review and after reading the book my mind just comes up blank. Words? Yeah they disappear from my brain.


Do you review books you disliked?

My absolute favourite reviews to write are for the books I don’t like. There’s something so therepeutic about being filled with rage and getting it all out. It’s like my brain lights up and my fingers can’t type fast enough. Part of the reasons I carry on reading books I’m not liking is because I know bitching about it will be ten times more exciting and exhilirating.


If you’ve ever written a ranty review, have you regretted doing so afterwards?

No I’ve never regretted posting a review. Any of my “ranty” reviews are just my opinions, usually trivial opinions, that have no effect on anyone else. Also, I like going back to read them so I keep them for future entertainment purposes.


Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

My old reviews are cringe as hell so I don’t typically seek them out (unless it’s a super ranty one, or I need a quick refresh) but yeah I’ve definitely deleted a book review or two either because it was incoherrant/badly written or I don’t feel the same way anymore.

I really want to get back into reviewing books because I like sharing my thoughts and feelings but reviewing books in detail takes a lot of work and I’m just lazy these days. My brain has not been working at optimal power for a few years now. Thanks for reading :)))

Elli xx

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