Today’s question from the Boston Bibiliophile: Most of us book bloggers like to write book reviews- if we don’t love to write book reviews- but here’s today’s question. 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.?
My answer: Like Marie, I review most adult books that I read, from many sources (ARCs, LT Early Reviewers, books my book groups are reading, “just because” books). I review children’s books periodically, but not every book I read with my kids … if I reviewed every children’s book we read, my blog would be called She is Too Fond of Children’s Books, because that’s all I’d have time for! I’ll review a children’s book if it has been sent to me for that purpose, or if it strikes me as particularly good … or bad (read about my unhappiness with this particular book from a series that has never before disappointed me.)
When I started posting reviews on my blog, I was very disciplined about posting them before I started reading another book. I’ve fallen off this habit, as I have too many good books calling me to be read, and sometimes I need to let my thoughts on a book “settle” with me before completing a review. I do generally review within a full days of finishing, but there are a handful of excellent books (The Madonnas of Leningrad and Who By Fire come to mind) that I have read and enjoyed, but not yet reviewed.
I post my reviews here on my blog, with an abbreviated version on LibraryThing. I’ve recently begun pointing to my blog reviews from the Book Blogs site, but I don’t know if I’ll continue this third reference. I use the star rating system on LT, but I don’t “grade” books on my blog, do you?