Let’s Talk Bookish – Do bloggers/reviewers have to review every book they read?

Good morning, and welcome to Let’s Talk Bookish! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Do bloggers/reviewers have to review every book they read? (submitted by Heran @ Be Frisky)

Like with most of the questions, no, you are not forced to do anything that you don’t want to, and you don’t have to review every single book that you read. However, I feel like there is an expectation for bloggers/reviewers to review every book that they read.

To me, there seems to be an expectation that if a blogger is reading a book, he or she is going to review it. So some people might say that they look forward to a review of that book. Of course, I’m pretty sure no one intends to pressure the blogger/reviewer into reviewing the book, but for me, it kind of feels like I have to do so, because somebody is looking forward to my review.

And I’m not complaining. I actually don’t mind when someone says they are looking forward to a review, because most of the time, my plan is to review the book anyway. I even mention that I’m excited for a review of a book someone else is reading with other people too.

But, I feel like it may be overwhelming, or unintentionally pressuring for the blogger/reviewer when I say that.

Reviews can be exhausting to write. Especially for those who write the super long and detailed ones. One day, you might just feel like “nah, I don’t want to review this” but then someone comes along, and says they are excited to read your review when you are done. And despite your declaration five minutes earlier that you were not going to review the book, you find yourself sitting for an hour or two gathering your thoughts so that you can write the review.

To answer the question: No, you don’t have to review every book you read.

But maybe we are unknowingly placing the expectation on ourselves and on others that we have to review every book that we read.

This Week’s Participants:

Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads | Megan @ Megabunny Reads | Kelly @ Books on the Brain | Shan @ Shanshelves | Heran @ Be Frisky | Jane @ Blogger Books | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Katie @ Melting Pages

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What do you think? Have you ever felt like you had to write a review because someone said they were excited to see it? Do you think it’s wrong to say that you’re looking forward to someone’s review if they haven’t said that they plan on reviewing it? How long does it take you to write a review? Chat with me in the comments below!

13 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Do bloggers/reviewers have to review every book they read?

  1. I couldn’t agree with you more.

    Honestly, I think all authors should also be reviewers. It’s been my experience that the ones who at least occasionally write reviews really understand how much work it is. Enjoyable work, but still work!

    (And I’m saying that as an author myself. πŸ™‚ )

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  2. This is a really interesting topic. I’ve never had someone say they’re looking forward to my review, but I can see how that would (unintentionally) pile on a load of pressure to write a review. But I do often feel like I SHOULD write a review, or at least write something, even when I don’t want to or don’t have anything to say.

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    1. It is sometimes unintentionally pressuring, but it can also be motivating if I’m feeling lazy so it depends lol. Yeah, I do feel like I have to say something, and if I don’t intend on reviewing it, I usually just give a mini opinion during my WWW Wednesday posts. Or I’ll compile it with other books that I didn’t have much to say about and make them mini reviews instead.
      Thanks for reading πŸ’š


  3. I totally agree with you! And I feel you, when someone says they’re excited to hesr my thoughts I feel ‘obliged’ to review the book, even thoguh I wasn’t planning to. But then, I also comment that sometimes, and I genuinely are, so I’m assuming other people are as well!


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