I originally posted this here on Facebook but wanted to include it on the blog too. I’ve had a few people ask me about this so I wanted to make a public post to answer it for anyone else who was wondering too…
Ok, here goes: I do not tell you guys about every book I read. I only tell you about the ones that I either LOVE or like a whole lot.
The reason for this is that I like to keep the vibe of my blog positive. If I’m reading a book and I’m just not feeling it, I’ll honestly usually just stop and move on to something else. I’m a “mood reader” and I’m also always on the constant search for a book that makes me want to shout from the rooftops about how much I’m in LOOOOVE with it. That certainly doesn’t happen with every book, but those usually are the only books I tell you guys about.
I’ve changed the way I’ve done things over the years (for example: I used to review everything I read) but at this point, I generally only feel motivated to review books if they make me want to talk about them. Why? Because there are literally SO many books out there that I want to spend my time on the ones I feel passionately about.
If I don’t enjoy a book, I’ll simply quietly move on. And I’ll keep searching and reading and then, when I find the next one that makes my heart RACE, I’ll make one of those excited posts you’re all used to seeing about how much I loved it. But I really wanted to clarify that I do NOT throw around high ratings, and I don’t like (or even finish) every book I read.
If you go see my review requests page, you’ll see just HOW much detail I ask about every book I consider reading (and if I find the book on my own, I’ll hunt down those answers anyways) so generally, once I start a book, there IS a good chance I’ll enjoy it because I’ve usually asked SO many questions about it’s content that really the things that determine how I feel about it are usually the writing and story development.
I’m really picky about the books I love but my general blog policy is that I’m loud about what I love, and quiet about what I don’t. That’s NOT at all the way I think all blogs should be, nor is it a judgment on anyone who does things differently. This is simply the way that keeps me happy, keeps my blog environment positive, and also essentially makes my blog more into a “recommendations zone” rather than a straight-up chronicle of my reading life… My blogging has evolved a lot since I started in 2012 and what I’ve discovered is that this is the way that just makes me happiest.
For anyone who was wondering, I hope this helps explain things. 🙂
Oh, and I just wanted to add a huge thank you to all the readers who commented on the original Facebook post (and now here) about this. I love hearing back from you guys and your responses were deeply heart-warming and very much appreciated.