Tell Me Something Tuesday | Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own?

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This weeks topic is:

Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own?

As a matter of fact, no. I do not find it easier to read and review books that I have picked up on my own. This is most likely due to a lack of self-discipline. I try to keep to my review schedule for ARCs (though there are weeks where I fail miserably,) but when I’m reading a book for myself, it makes me greedy and all I can think about is moving on to the next one. Especially if I’ve discovered a new series. And then, before I know it, I’m four books down the line, and I feel like I no longer know the book enough to write an informative review. So unless I reread it (which, if my original read was in audio, it probably will happen,) I’m not able to review it with the amount of depth that I’d like to. I have been really laying off the ARCs lately, and I am hoping that will pull from the semi-reading/blogging slump I am in. I’ve discovered a lot of phenomenal authors over the past few years, and I really just want to lose myself in their back lists. And (hopefully) review them!

How about you? If you’re a blogger, do you find it easier to read and review books you pick up on your own?

16 thoughts on “Tell Me Something Tuesday | Do you find it is easier to read and review books that you have picked up on your own?

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  1. I don’t really think that matters to me when it comes to writing a review. I often find it hard to write reviews for books that were kind of middle of the road. When I didn’t have strong feelings about it. And that can happen with any book, whether it’s an ARC or one I just found in the stacks of the library. I love this meme, though. I think I might join.


    1. I wish I was so disciplined that I reviewed everything I read. I really try to, but sometimes I just want that next book!

      Yes – it is hard to write a review for an account that was middle of the road. Sometimes there just isn’t much to say. That’s when a mini review post works well for me!

      This is a great meme. 🙂


  2. Ahh. A reading slump. That is when I reach for books I want to read, and most of the time it helps. I know that sometimes it’s harder to write reviews for books that you don’t have to, but I do it anyway and put them in my rainy day review bank. Thanks for doing TMST this week, Angie.


    1. Yes, I try to pick up an author I know I love when I’m in a slump to see if that helps. And bonus if it’s a new to me read!

      I was glad to join in. Thanks for creating it. 🙂


  3. I hardly ever read anything but ARCs anymore. I need to change this because I own a lot of great books. I review everything I read so it doesn’t really make a difference how I got the book. I hope you pull out of your reading slump soon.


    1. It’s a very hard rabbit hole not to fall into. And it gets out of hand so quickly! Ugh – I wish I was so disciplined as to review my ‘for fun’ books. LOL

      Thank you! 🙂


  4. Your response is very relatable for me. I’m doing a couple of challenges this year in hopes of making myself read more of the books I already own. I’m so bad about buying them and then letting them sit there for months and months (even years in some cases) because I get so sidetracked from them by ARCs.


    1. Maybe that’s what I need to do to get to my to be read pile of books I have purchased and are just waiting for some love! I’ll have to find a ‘bought it bookshelf’ challenge!


  5. I try to review everything I read but I’m more lax on my personal books. I want to enjoy them and not make them work. So, sometimes I write a review for them and sometimes I don’t. I hope you’re able to get out of the reading slump soon. Those things suck!


    1. Hmmm…maybe that’s why I don’t review them. I’m holding them hostage as fun! LOL

      Thank you. It’s not fun, that’s for sure. But the book I’m reading now seems to be curing me!


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