Is having a backlog of books to review the opposite of a TBR 🤔?
If you saw my recent post, /Modified/ Mini Book Reviews, you might remember that I’m REALLY behind on book reviews. In it, I quickly ticked off one reason (which I’ll re-enumerate in this post) for this setback. However, I know I can’t be the only book blogger with this problem and wanted to further investigate how this issue arose. So, here are some reasons I don’t always review a book:
🌸 I DON’T HAVE STRONG OPINIONS OR FEELINGS ABOUT THE BOOK.
ᴡʀɪᴛɪɴɢ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡs ɪs ʜᴀʀᴅ, especially when I feel unmoved by a book. For all of my book reviews, there was usually 𝕤𝕠𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕥𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕤𝕥𝕠𝕠𝕕 𝕠𝕦𝕥 𝕥𝕠 𝕞𝕖 while reading the story, caused me to form 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯, and 𝚖𝚊𝚍𝚎 𝚖𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚗𝚝 𝚝𝚘 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚒𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 so I can share my thoughts with an audience. It’s probably not the best motivation to lean on, especially when many of the books I read are young adult novels that recycle the same clichés.
🌸 I DON’T HAVE ANYTHING UNIQUE TO TELL ABOUT THE BOOK.
This point sort of ties in with the previous one.
If I reviewed every book I read right after finishing them, regardless if they struck a chord in me or not, I worry that my blog would become over-saturated with redundant, uninspired reviews.
These first two points could be solved if I just allotted the time and effort to reflect upon the books I read and form my own ideas about them. But, I usually don’t end up doing that because—
🌱 SOMETIMES I’M ON A READING ROLL.
I fall into reading slumps. a lot. When I finally have the urge to read book after book, I don’t want to ruin my 𝙜𝙧𝙤𝙤𝙫𝙚 by taking a break to write a review. ᴵ ᴶᵁˢᵀ ᵂᴬᴺᴺᴬ ᴿᴱᴬᴰ, ᴹᴬᴺ!
🌱 ORRR SOMETIMES I’M JUST TIRED.
At the end of the day, reading and blogging is a hobby. I shouldn’t pressure myself to write if I’m tired and have too much on my plate.
At least that’s what I tell myself.
Sorry for all the random month-long hiatuses ✌️.
🌸 TOO MUCH TIME HAS PASSED, AND I CAN’T REMEMBER ENOUGH ABOUT THE BOOK.
As I mentioned in my /Modified/ Mini Book Reviews post:
Even if I eventually do pull myself together to write a review, I can’t because it’s been months—or maybe just weeks—since I’ve completed the book. As a 𝓈𝒶𝒹 result, I can’t recall details of the book or the significance of the notes I made about the story 😅.
🌸 I DIDN’T WRITE ENOUGH NOTES WHILE READING.
In relation to the previous reason, sometimes I’ll finish a book, and I’m ready to bear down and just write the review. But, when I view my notes on the book for reference, they’re incomplete or incoherent 😳.
I have too many saved notes on my phone with only one or two bullets of thoughts (some being complete ᴺᴼᴺˢᴱᴺˢᴱ) I jotted down while reading 🤦♀️.
🌸 THE BOOK WAS ABOUT A TOPIC I DON’T FEEL COMFORTABLE REVIEWING.
This is often the reason I don’t review historical fiction books and books about current events. I usually feel like it’s not my place to be chiming in with my views or that I don’t know enough about the topic to give it justice.