Danielle’s recent post on Negative Reviews got me thinking. I don’t know about you, but I tend to read more books per month than my posting schedule allows. (What a wonderful problem to have!) But I’ve found myself almost “playing favorites” for deciding which reviews I post and I wonder if there’s a better way… and I am interested to hear how you all decide which books to review widely.
It’s important to post consistently but also protect against burnout
I’m a very passionate person and that means that I get waves of inspiration and want to do ALL THE THINGS. One thing that I have learned in my years of project management is to protect my future time because situations change. The last thing that I wanted was to commit more time than I was comfortable estimating if my situation changed.
I settled on my four posts per week schedule because that’s I wanted to be sure that I wasn’t stressed for coming up with content and that I had the time to read and write reviews; 2 per week is a comfortable number for me — but sometimes I read almost twice as many books in a month!
I tend to play favorites with my review choices
Just in the past week, I have read four more books that I do not have room in my posting schedule for on the blog. As much as it pains me to say this: if I don’t like the book and it isn’t on a lot of people’s radar it might end up just reviewed on Goodreads and retail sites (which is still helping). But I wonder if I should be posting these book reviews here.
Coupled with my generous ratings for books, I worry I’m not critical enough
I am pretty critical when it comes to my reviews, but my M.O. is to round most 2-star books to 3-stars if I feel that the reasons I didn’t like the book was more personal preference and probably won’t suck the joy from other readers en masse. The content of my reviews are constructive and balanced so I don’t think it is as big of a deal as I’m making it out to be, but I feel like I rate a LOT of books 3 stars.
Better TBR management
I kind of wonder if this hell that I’m currently in will be alleviated once I get my ARC Mountain under control. After August arc obligations, I am limiting myself to 4 arcs per release month so that I can also read backlist titles… because my TBR Tower is a problem and I would like to get off this book ban sometime this decade.
I am moving to posting five times per week as a test for the month of August because at this time I do not have a lack of content to create and am currently fully scheduled through September with adding one most post per week! But even then I don’t think I will ever have time for everything.
❓ How do you decide which reviews do you post on your blog?
I am really interested to hear how you decide which books to review on your blog. Do you review everything? If so, is that because you have better self-control than me and don’t have a bunch of arcs each month? If you don’t, how do you determine which ones will not be posted on your blog?