Being True To Myself
Happy Saturday, lovely people! I hope everyone is having a marvelous day
I know that I don’t normally post on Saturday, but I’ve been thinking about a couple of different things and I’ve come to a decision that I would like to share.
When I decided to start blogging daily, I did it because I enjoy sharing what I love with other people. I want to spread the word about different things far and wide. As I started getting more and more into the book blogging scene, I realized that most book bloggers are reviewing tons of books, whether they enjoyed them or not. I started getting wrapped up into the whole “I need to review everything I can get my hands on” idea and you know what? It started to not be fun anymore.
There are some kinds of books that I simply do not like. If I don’t like them, then it is EXTREMELY hard for me to read the entire thing without my eyes crossing and head spinning. If I am successful in reading the entire thing, I usually don’t remember much of it because it didn’t interest me. The nagging thought of reading a book that I don’t like for a review really drives me crazy. It’s like knowing you have to take a statistics test after you skipped class a dozen times. (Not that I’ve done that, though.. lol)
Anyway… I was visiting some of the book blogger blogs that I follow, and there were a few comments made that really got me thinking. Someone commented about how they review books because they ENJOY it… another person said that they give a book the “100 page test”, meaning that if it didn’t grab her and reel her in within the first 100 pages, then she didn’t read any further. The last comment that really got me thinking was when someone mentioned that they chose to do a “book recommendation” blog rather than a “book review” blog because she would rather not spend time on a book that she doesn’t enjoy.
All of these comments spoke straight to my heart. I don’t know how many times I have told someone “don’t do it if you don’t enjoy it”, and there I was… trying to get my hands on books that I knew I may not enjoy just because I thought that’s what it meant to be a book reviewer. I WAS WRONG.
I started reviewing because I love reading and want to tell the world when I find a book that I enjoy! Because of this, I am changing my reviewing policies a bit.
There will no longer be any rating below 3 cups. If I don’t like a book enough to give it 3 cups, then I’m not going to force myself to finish it.
I will be reviewing whatever book I happen to pick up for my own enjoyment. A lot of these will be first in the series books due to the fact that I am just getting back into my reading and I have to start at the beginning.
I will still gladly take a look at any books that publishers/authors/etc would like me to review, but I’m not going to review it if I don’t think I will like it.
All in all, I realized that I started this because I enjoyed it, and I’m going to make sure that is why I continue to do it.
I know I was kinda long winded today, and I truly appreciate you all listening to my heart felt ramble. LOL Have a great weekend, everyone!