Last year, Jaime @ The Perpetual Page-Turner wrote this amazing post about hanging up her hat as a reviewer and, even though she shared it almost a year ago, it has stuck with me. I've been having a really tough time with reviews lately and feeling like I SHOULD have reviews on my blog even though a) they are really hard posts for me to write and b) they rarely ever get any comments. This just makes me feel like I can't see the point of writing them anymore. In the past six months, I have only reviewed ARCs, with the exception of a few mini-reviews that I shared in the summer and my gushy word vomit after I finished How to Love.
When it comes to reading others' reviews, I am always amazed and impressed by the effort that some of my favourite bloggers put into reviewing books! Seriously, the amount of time that goes into writing some of those reviews, and the eloquence with which they are written, is possibly what paralyses me when it comes to typing out my own reviews. As hard as I try not to, I do sometimes compare my own blog to others, and definitely feel inadequate over the quality of my reviews.
I also have to admit that I don't always read others' reviews. This is often for a few reasons: a) I haven't read the book and don't want to be spoiled, b) I'm really anticipating the book and don't even want to see any advance ratings or c) it's a title that I'm just not interested in reading. If it's a book I've already read, I do enjoy reading other bloggers' thoughts on the book, and will then take the time to comment if the blogger has pointed out something that I found interesting. Talking about books is one of the reasons why I love the blogging community!
This brings me back to my original thought: whether or not I want to continue with reviews on Writer Grrl Reads. At the moment, I have about a dozen ARCs and finished review copies to read and review, and will definitely still commit to those. I'm also toying with the idea of just writing up monthly mini-reviews on what I've read, similar to what I've been doing with my WWW posts. In all honesty, sometimes my thoughts at the end of a book are, "Holy crap, that was GOOD!" which just isn't enough for a full review!
What do you guys think? Do you like reading and writing book reviews? Share your thoughts in the comments below -- I'd love to hear what you think!