By Tqwana B.
Last week, Heather wrote about the pros of book reviewing. Today, I’m going to be Debbie Downer and talk about the cons.
I am not the biggest fan of reviewing books. Weird coming from someone who co-founded a book review blog. It’s not that I don’t enjoy reading and sharing my thoughts on books. Sometimes, though, it can become a chore and take the joy out of reading. Here are a few reasons why book reviewing isn’t all that great.
- Time Isn’t Always On My Side – This blog is not a full-time job for us. We have day jobs that unfortunately take up a tremendous amount of time and can be physically and mentally draining. We’ve written about dealing with books around the clock and having book burnout. For me, that typically affects my reviews for the blog, unfortunately. I’d love to be able to devote all of my time into making this blog bigger and better. But, the bills must be paid.
- Squeeing Is Not an Acceptable Form of Review – Sometimes I really, really love a book. And that’s all I have to say about it. Sadly, that doesn’t work for a book review blog. For now. I’m brainstorming ways to make it work…
- I Don’t Always Feel Like Reading – I suppose this is only a problem when you own a review blog. But lately, I’ve been distracted by ‘The Flash’, so books have taken a back seat at the moment. I’m also still scarred from years of required reading in school. When I don’t feel like reading, I don’t. Makes for bad business in terms of reviews. Nothing will turn me off from reading more than feeling like it’s an obligation.
- Everyone Has a Review Blog – It’s easy to get lost in a sea of other reviews. Finding a different angle and standing out isn’t always easy.
- Authors – Most authors are joys. We love them. They make magic with words. In our very first post, we joked about an author stalking and attacking a reviewer for a bad review. That really happened. Darling authors, we know your books are your babies and you’re close to them. But, not everyone will feel the same way. Authors Behaving Badly is a thing on Goodreads, b/c some authors feel it’s okay to attack reviewers for negative reviews. Though not as extreme as being stalked and beaten with a wine bottle, but being a called a bitch and harassed by the author’s friends isn’t much better. Readers connect with books for different reasons. It’s not personal. Book blogging shouldn’t be a hazardous job.
I suppose this turned into the cons of having a review blog rather than reviewing books in general. Any time someone wants to discuss a book with me, though, I’m totally open to it.