Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @ Book Nook Bits where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each others’ posts. Today’s topic is: Reviewing Books?

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?

The minimal requirement for me to be able to review a book is that I have something to say about it. It doesn’t happen frequently, but I have occasionally come across the odd book where I literally did not have any – or enough – significant thoughts or feedback that I could build a review out of. Outside of that, books by my favorite authors or series that I am avidly following always get a review – in fact, I start planning a basic structure and notes relating to points I want to touch upon in the case of series even before reading those books.

I review probably around 80% of the books I read. I never review rereads of course, but apart from that, there are books I choose not to review for various reasons, such as it not fitting with the theme of books I talk about on my blog, or perhaps if it goes into topics that I don’t want to or don’t feel I am enough informed about to discuss. I also don’t review books shorter than around 250 pages because when I pick up these books, it’s usually for a quick read, something to serve as a break from heavier titles and it’s usually the type of book that doesn’t require too much thinking.

I do review books I disliked because I think it’s as important to share negative reviews as positive ones and for me, at the end of the day, they’re all honest reviews, so it doesn’t really make a difference.

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

Not at all! I don’t write ranty reviews often, but when I do, it’s usually for a book I found to be exceptionally irritating or frustrating, and getting the thoughts out onto paper is kind of therapeutic in a way and personally, it also helps me avoid reading slumps that are often brought on by this type of book. Besides, whenever I do write a ranty or negative review, I’m still polite about it and make sure to word it pretty carefully, so there’s nothing to regret.

Do you delete reviews that are “outdated” or don’t follow what you think of the book now?

I never delete content from my blog, especially reviews because I think of old reviews as an indication of my growth as both a reader and blogger. Deleting reviews also goes against my policy of writing honest reviews, but if my thoughts about a book have changed drastically, I have occasionally rewritten reviews and published them as separate posts, or added notes to indicate this, but the original version is always still there.

Do you review every book you read? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Reviewing Books?

  1. Jodie | That Happy Reader August 13, 2022 / 12:40 pm

    What a fun post! I really enjoyed reading your answers to these questions. I appreciated the last question particularly because I’ve recently gone back and read some of my first posts and cringed! I certainly think I’ve improved my reviews over time and like you have not deleted any of them.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) August 14, 2022 / 5:23 pm

      I did the same thing quite recently and I honestly couldn’t believe that I wrote those posts, but it also felt good to see how my writing has improved. Thanks for reading!


  2. mindbeautysimplicity August 18, 2022 / 11:07 pm

    this was such a fun post! loved reading through your answers. I def believe you can change your reviews on books etc…

    Liked by 1 person

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