Is Writing Book Reviews Worth It?

Writing book reviews is something that takes effort, but it can also be very rewarding! I was thinking about why I write a book review every week and whether I should keep going, so I devised a list of pros and cons to way up on just how helpful it can be.

Pros

It helps you remember the author of the books you review

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Reading a book doesn’t mean that I know the name of the author who wrote it. But, if I review a book, that means writing down the author’s name several times and ensuring I spell it correctly. Knowing the name of an author who wrote a particular book helps me know about upcoming books that I otherwise wouldn’t recognise. This is really great when you hear about other people talk about upcoming releases and you know the book is from an author you’ve previously read from.

It improves your writing capabilities

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Writing reviews, like any kind of writing, can help improve your spelling, grammar and fluency. It helps you become more descriptive and also assists in making you into a more critical person. Determining the problems in a book can be helpful if you are a budding writer and want to ensure your own work is readable. Put simply, though, writing blog posts naturally gives you writing experience.

It helps you appreciate the book more

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If the book is something that you enjoyed reading, writing a positive review makes you realise just how good the book was. Things like looking into the writing, characters and setting should help you appreciate what was amazing about the book.

Cons

It takes a lot of effort

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Reviews usually take me 1-2 hours to write, and most of the time I don’t write all of it in one go. It can be time-consuming when there are other things in your life that seem more important, and then there’s the possibility nobody will gain anything from it.

People usually haven’t read/heard of the book you’re reviewing

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There are so many books that have been published and it is impossible for everyone to have read all of them! People who read books are interested in different genres and may not want to read a review of a book that is not within their range of preferred genres. Most people do not want to read the review of a book they haven’t heard of, which can make it difficult to relate to the readers of your blog.

Waiting more than a week to review the book

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I don’t know why I’m not smarter about this, but I always wait at least one week after I’ve read a book to write the review! I know not everyone does this, so I think it is just because I’m a lazy person. When I wait so long to write a review, I always remember it less than just after I finished reading it. Sometimes I even forget character’s names. Forgetting aspects to a book can make it hard to write a coherent review.

Discussion

Is writing book reviews worth it? The pros and cons I have listed are not set in stone – I’m sure there are others that I have missed. If you are a lover of books, then writing a review probably comes easily to you. After a while it can get a little tedious, and sometimes it is hard to find the motivation to sit down and write out a review. I usually do things based on whether I feel like it or not, and if I don’t feel like writing a review, then I won’t.

But, I feel that the pros outweigh the cons! It is great to be able to get your thoughts on a book down and discuss them with others.


  • Do any of these pros and cons specifically relate to you?
  • Do you think that writing book reviews is worth it?

26 thoughts on “Is Writing Book Reviews Worth It?

  1. for the second point in cons, don’t you think if you are reviewing book that no one has heard of, it will let them know about that book, they will know that this kind of book exists out there and they should try it?
    Nice post! I liked reading your view on this topic. šŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, that would have been a good point for the pros! I guess I just meant that people may not want to read a review about a book they’ve never heard of. But you’re totally right.
      Thank you šŸ™‚

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  2. I don’t write reviews right away either, I’m just too lazy šŸ˜‚ I do try to review most books I read though, since otherwise I’ll forget a lot about the book and I like being able to read back what I thought about it šŸ™‚

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  3. great discussion post! šŸ‘
    mostly i write reviews for myself, so i can go back and remember certain things. that way i will always have my thoughts somewhere.
    i also love reading other peoples reviews of books i don’t know, because that way i find out about books that i would like šŸ¤—
    i know it’s time consuming, but you should do it for yourself. if you’re not having fun, you won’t enjoy it and at some point it will become a chore!

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    1. Thank you!
      Oh yes, I write reviews for myself too! It’s a lot of fun getting your thoughts down.
      Reading other people’s reviews is great to learn about good books. That’s usually how I will want to read a book too šŸ˜‰
      That’s true! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

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  4. I was asked to contribute to my blog, because I always reviewed books on Goodreads. I will admit, I like to review books that provided me with entertainment. I appreciate all the good feels that author gave me, and I look at it as my way to reciprocate, and if it helps someone else decide to read the book too, bonus. That said, it sometimes is hard for me for many reasons. Sometimes it’s difficult to articulate what I loved, or that things that had the most impact are spoilers (I don’t do spoilers). If I am reviewing an ARC, I try not to review too early, because I want some people to have read it or have it on their radar. I show love further in advance via anticipated book lists or Can’t-Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday posts. And yes, reviewing right away is the best for me, because I am a total feeler when it comes to my books. If I want to properly capture those emotions, I must write the review immediately.

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    1. Yes, I agree with what you’ve said. I don’t include spoilers either so it can be hard to write around them. I don’t really think like that about ARCs, I just review them whenever, but I should probably be smarter about it. That’s great you can review a book immediately! Thanks for reading.

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  5. hehe I may be biased, but I do think that the pros outweigh the cons- especially since I find I take away so much more from a book I’ve reviewed than otherwise. But I agree that it can be a lot of effort and take time, so I can’t do it for every book I read. I also usually wait at least a week before reviewing a book- so I can relate to that con too šŸ˜‰ Great post!

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    1. Oh yeah, the pros outweigh the cons for sure. I’m starting to read faster than I can review too, so it’s a bummer I cannot review all of them. Haha glad you can relate to that šŸ˜‚ Thanks!

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  6. Honestly, book reviews have been one of the most challenging parts of book blogging! But I agree that they are worth it. I always feel proud and satisfied when I finish writing one. They really do improve our writing skills and help us remember what we felt about a book.

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  7. The cons really relate to me. I started reviewing books last year but it’s so challenging than I thought. But the thing I like about reviewing books is that it improves your thinking capabilities as you put more effort in it.

    I like the post

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  8. Yes, worth it! And I loved the frog that is summarising part about practising and developing writing skills šŸ˜‰

    Do you ever choose books based on their cover? I’ve recently wrote a post about it and I’m interested what people think about it and how often they would pick a book in a library or a bookshop because of the title or cover.. https://mindset4progress.com/2018/03/02/do-you-judge-a-book-by-its-cover/ please let me know what do you think if you have a moment.

    Aggie

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