Books Read vs. Books Reviewed
While skimming through the list of books I reviewed on Book, Line, and Sinker in 2010, I confirmed something that I’ve suspected for a while: I read and listen to far more books than I review. Now, I’m not talking some minor disparity, here. Based on my calculations, for every 8 books I read and listened to in 2010, I reviewed one.
I committed to fewer ARCs in 2010 than in 2009 but met all of the review deadlines, with the glaring exception of one book…which I still feel guilty about. Of the 26 books I reviewed in 2010, 20 were courtesy of publishers, publicists, or authors. A vast majority of the 153 books I read and listened to in 2010 were purchased by me in book or Kindle format, while the remainder–mostly audiobooks–were borrowed from my library.
Scant hours into 2011, and I’ve already scheduled 6 reviews and two potential interviews. To help me stay focused, I purchased an At-A-Glance year calendar which I tacked to the wall in my office. Classy, I know. While not the most aesthetically pleasing calendar, it works for me. I know that many book bloggers use online resources to track reviews, but I need something in writing, preferably in my face.
So, back to my original thought: Do you review every book you read and listen to? If not, roughly what percentage of books are you reviewing?