Happy Thursday, Happy October & Happy FALL, book friends!
I know, I know. It has been so long since I’ve written up a blog post. And it’s definitely the same excuse as always–work has been keeping me busy! Along with all of my singing obligations, of course. If you aren’t a regular visitor of my blog, I am a full-time Public Librarian working in Adult Services.
I definitely haven’t been able to read as much as I did before I started my current job, but I try to read as much as I can, whenever I can. (I may have shortened my reading goal because of this LOL). I’ve also been trying to review every book I read, regardless of whether I write up a detailed review or just jot down a few thoughts. This goal is due to a couple of things:
- As a librarian and professional reviewer, it’s good practice.
- I’ve recently started reading and reviewing through Netgalley & Edelweiss.
- My reviews act as personal notes for when I can’t remember exact details from books I’ve previously read.
I’ve been wanting to review books for my blog which I’ve been neglecting, but every time I think I’m going to post a review, I worry that it’s not worth posting because it’s not long enough. I’ve done some “Rapid Reviews” here and there, grouping books with brief reviews together into single posts, but I prefer when each book gets its own post.
Personally, I prefer shorter reviews that are concise, but detailed enough to offer some valuable insight. The review magazine that I write for has a (potentially flexible) word count for reviewers to abide by, but this and other limitations have been really effective in training me to choose my words carefully and articulate my thoughts and critiques more smartly.
Sometimes, I want to go all out and express all my opinions on a book in as many words as I can possibly spew out of my brain! But do I actually read those kinds of reviews? I do–but only if I’ve already read the book being reviewed. I fear detailed reviews are more likely to give away some important plot points or insights, regardless of how “spoiler-free” reviewers and bloggers claim their reviews are.
Anyway, I’m trying to not care about this and post reviews for books that are as short or as long as I want.
Some of my recent reads I’d like to share my thoughts on (even if they’re not very long) include:
Let me know your thoughts. What kinds of reviews do you like to read? Do you read reviews before you read a book, or after? If you review books, do you like to write full reviews (with or without spoilers) or quick ones?