Ready for a two-pronged sort of discussion, everyone?
I personally find these questions really interesting (obviously, otherwise I wouldn’t write an entire post about it). I love knowing how other people go through their reviewing process, but I never thought to much about the process of choosing which books to review. Everyone does it differently. And how often do you have to review to be classed as a “reviewer”?
Well, let’s talk…
What comes to mind when someone is called a reviewer?
Do you imagine someone who reviews books often? What classes as “often”? Every week? Every month?
Maybe you imagine someone who is paid for it. It becomes a sort of job title. Everyone who reviews as a hobby on their blogs/channels are just classified as bloggers/booktubers.
Or is it when the person starts working with publishers and authors? When they start receiving things specifically for review, they’ve been noticed as a reviewer?
Personally, I class someone as a reviewer if they review often. It doesn’t matter if they bought the books themselves or received them from the publisher. If they have a love for reviewing books and do so often, then sure, you’re a reviewer. It’s just like how I class people as bloggers. If you post often enough and love it, then yes you are one.
I love knowing how people decide which books they review.
Some people choose beforehand the books they want to review and read them specifically for that purpose. Some people review every book they read. Some people only review the books that are popular, or have a huge public interest. Others only review the books they have strong feelings or thoughts about. Maybe you only review the books that were sent to you for that reason.
Or maybe, just maybe, you have no system to it whatsoever and just review books whenever you feel like it.
My system is simple:
I review every single book I read.
I love writing my reviews. Some of you might remember that I upload reviews at least every Friday, sometimes more if I happen to have read more that week. The only exceptions I’ve made in my year of blogging is for really tiny books, like the Penguin Little Black Classics that are half the height of a normal book and only 50 pages or so. But even then, I’d write a small review paragraph on Goodreads.
Sure, there’s some days where I really don’t feel like writing a review. But I’ll just delay it for another day, and write it closer to the upload day. Honestly, by this point, if I missed a book review it’d stand out too much in my mind and I’d end up writing one anyway.
So I’d class myself as a reviewer. Some people might not. But I review at least one book every week, and I share my reviews in quite a few places. That, in my mind, makes me a reviewer.
So now it’s your turn!
When do you class someone as a reviewer? Do you class yourself as one?
How do you decide which books you want to review?
Do you decide beforehand, or wait until you have your opinions on the book?
Join the discussion in the comments!
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