Tuesday Thingers – Reviewing Reviews

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.?

Every review that I write gets cross-posted onto LibraryThing, but not every book that I read gets reviewed.  I don’t have a hard and fast rule about what is reviewed and what isn’t, I don’t give passes to books I disliked or focus exclusively on books sent to me for review (although with the huge pile I have, that is a big percentage of what I read).  The books that get skipped are usually quick little things, children’s or young adult literature (although I do review some of those as well).  For instance, I read “The Twits” during one of the ReadAThons and never bothered to give it a review.

Once a book is reviewed here, I usually move a set of reviews over to LibraryThing every week or two.  Often my reviews here contain extra chatter or even more plot synopsis than I feel is necessary on LibraryThing where there may be many reviews for the book.  To correct for this, I generally only include a portion of my blog review in the LibraryThing review field.  I then link directly to the review on my blog at the end so that people can read the rest if they so desire.

When a book gets reviewed varies greatly, depending on how many books I’m reading and how much time I have to review.  Sometimes I’ll have books reviewed immediately but they’ll have to wait around for the reviews to be published because I simply have too many or I want to publish the review closer to the date the book is being released.  Other times I have to go and write a review for a book I have read relatively recently each day I want to post a review.  Either way I generally try to post reviews Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  If I have a huge backlog I will occasionally also post during the Sunday Salon.  That being said, I’ve been coming a bit short on the MWF reviewing in the past few weeks, but I now have a backlog of read books that need to be reviewed so, time allowing, I can return to my schedule.

Every so often I DO review on a different day, though.  In fact, I have a very special review coming up in an hour or so.

12 comments to Tuesday Thingers – Reviewing Reviews

  • I like your idea of having a regular schedule of reviewing days. I probably don’t read books fast enough to make that a practical thing to try, but I love the efficiency of it. I just try to post my reviews as soon as I can after I finish reading the book.

  • I tend to edit my reviews a bit too when I post them on LT.

  • I do Monday, Wednesday, Friday reviews as well, with a fourth on Saturday if I’m behind or have been reading a lot. I think it’s better to have something every day rather than multiple posts some days and none others. And I almost always schedule them ahead rather than posting immediately, I like to have a day or two to think about them.

  • Although I write my review fairly soon after finishing a book, I let it sit so I can reread and make corrections. When I get my LT books organized, I may decide to put a review there too.

  • I like your organizational skills!

  • Kathy

    I usually sit on my reviews a few days so I can edit them. I’m sure you can’t tell that when you read them, but I do try to weed out mistakes.

  • I put my reviews on LT, too- about once a week, or whenever I feel like they’re piling up. And I do exactly the same thing you do- cut out the chatter and make it more concise. For some reason it always gives me a little thrill when my review is the first to go up for that book on LT!

  • Ti

    I post my reviews to Goodreads and Library Thing and if the author requests it, I will post it to Amazon too. I review as soon as I finish the book. If I wait too long I don’t think I would remember much and I want to be “in the moment”.

  • I review pretty much everything I read. Just a habit by now I guess!

  • I’ve never thought about adding reviews all at once to LT – its actually a great idea!

    :) Wendi

  • Well, as I think abt it.. i review whatever I read.. And minus the quotes from the books i paste the rest in to LT and goodreads :)

  • Similar to you, reviews from my blog are posted on LT (an excerpt of the review, actually, without the quotes, etc. and a link to my full review).

    My full answer is here.