Ah, so many books out in the world and so little time.
While I’d love to be able to write more reviews for the books I read, I’ve found that I often have to cherry-pick which books take what I call ‘review priority.’ I don’t have any steadfast rules when it comes to choosing which books to review but I tend to gravitate to certain types of books.
So here are a few things I consider when deciding whether to review a book or not on my blog, NetGalley and/or Goodreads.
Is it an ARC?
Advanced reader copies get the highest priority when it comes to reviews because the publisher has given me a free copy of the book in exchange for a fair review. As such, I really try my hardest to write a review for every book on NetGalley I get approved for. But I’m definitely not at 100% with this; there are sometimes ARCS that I end up DNFing, in which case I might not write a review. (Writing a review on a book I DNF is a topic for a whole other blog post! Personally, I don’t see anything wrong with reviewing a book you couldn’t even stand to finish, but I know people have feelings.)
Is it a new release or a popular book?
I’m sure most book bloggers can agree that a great way to attract readers to your blog is to review and chat about upcoming releases and popular books. People want to know what others think of books like these: Are they worth the money? Is the story all it’s hyped up to be? I really enjoy sharing my take with my readers when it comes to popular books. I’m sometimes even inspired by other book bloggers when I see them reviewing a new release!
Did it blow me away or really let me down?
If a book just blows me away, I’m often tempted to shout its awesomeness to the world! On the other hand, if a book is just horrid, I sometimes feel the itch to warn others away or take a deep dive into why I found it problematic. I’ve reviewed plenty of books that were 3 stars, not bad or great, but I tend to gravitate toward books I feel strongly about.
At the end of the day, I usually go with my gut instincts when deciding what books to review but the factors above really do help influence my decision. And honestly, I’m just grateful that I am able to review books at all and maybe have a slight impression on readers looking for their next book!
Do you like to review books? how do you decide what books to review? Share below!