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?


  • At 2011.01.01 11:16, Nicole said:

    I always want to review everything that I read, but I have not so far. This year I think I reviewed about 80% of what I read, maybe a little less. I envy your calendar. I have some online tools, but unless I write things down, they don’t seem to mena much to me.
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Erica Abeel’s Unbridled Holiday Dinner- by Erica Abeel

    • At 2011.01.01 11:29, rhapsodyinbooks said:

      I review them all but I don’t post all of the reviews on the blog. Some I just put on LibraryThing. If I don’t review a book, I forget it like INSTANTLY!!!
      rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog post ..Happy New Year!

      • At 2011.01.01 11:41, Lenore said:

        I reviewed every book I read this year (except one). So near to 100%
        Lenore´s last blog post ..Audio Book Review- Zombies Vs Unicorns by Justine Larbalestier and Holly Black

        • At 2011.01.01 12:09, Mary (Bookfan) said:

          I rate everything I read on Goodreads. So far I’ve been able to meet all ARC review deadlines. I’m coming up on my 3rd blog anniversary (Feb.) and have decided to accept far fewer review copies. I have 5 or 6 scheduled through April and other than those I’ll be reading mostly from my own shelves in 2011. I must have at least 200 books between my shelves and my Kindle. That’s starting to make me feel as if I’m swimming underwater. SO. Before I tackle my TBR shelves I’m going to pull off books I’m no longer interested in reading and donate them to my local library’s Friends Used Books sale. Wow, I feel better already 🙂
          I may do short reviews of non-arc books this year – more of a reminder to me of what the book was about and did I like it.
          Happy New Year!
          Mary (Bookfan)´s last blog post ..My 2010 Favorites

          • At 2011.01.01 12:20, softdrink said:

            That’s pretty in your face! Hope it does the trick.

            Happy 2011!
            softdrink´s last blog post ..Out with the old- in with the new!

            • At 2011.01.01 12:55, Anastasia said:

              I TRY to review every book I read, minus re-reads which I never review anyway, but there always seems to be one or two books a month I just don’t feel like reviewing. So, minus the rereads, I’ve reviewed 87% of the book I read last year (83% reviewed including the rereads).
              Anastasia´s last blog post ..The End of the Year Post- Part 1- Totals

              • At 2011.01.01 13:14, Jane Steen said:

                I’m probably at about 85%. I don’t review rereads of classic books (seriously, does anyone need another review of Jane Eyre?) I’m constantly behind with my book reviews these days.
                Jane Steen´s last blog post ..The MOST Wonderful Time of the Year

                • At 2011.01.01 17:49, Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said:

                  I try to review everything, but I didn’t quite make it this year. There were a few books I just decided not to review because I didn’t have much to say, and a few that I’m still behind on. I think I have like 4 books from 2010 that I still want to write about. I love the At a Glance calendar. I keep track of scheduled reviews in Google Calendar, and then in just a paper planner I carry around.
                  Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness)´s last blog post ..2010- My Year in Bookish Stats

                  • At 2011.01.01 19:42, Steph said:

                    I do read essentially review every book I read (unless I abandon a book – if I feel passionate about an abandoned book, I may write about it, but not always) although I tend to allow myself a few freebies where I don’t force myself to review a book if I just can’t wrap my head around it. this year I think I failed to review 3 of the 89 books I read, which really isn’t all that bad! I don’t have all that many reviewing obligations so I don’t have a hard time keeping track of the few dates that I must hit and shuffle my reading stack accordingly. I do sometimes type something into my Entourage calendar to remind me, but so far my own old noggin has not failed to let me down!
                    Steph´s last blog post ..Reading 2010- A Year in Review

                    • At 2011.01.01 21:39, Beth F said:

                      Yes I do review every book I read. I think I’m about 3 books behind — but I’ll review them soon.
                      Beth F´s last blog post ..Imprint Friday- Benny &amp Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti

                    • At 2011.01.02 12:57, Coffee and a Book Chick said:

                      I have tried to review every book read this year, but since this was my first year blogging it wasn’t too tough to stay on track. I anticipate it to be much tougher this year, though. I’d be interested to hear about the different online resources that help bloggers track reviews, etc., though! I might have to check that out!
                      Coffee and a Book Chick´s last blog post ..Ahhhthe Nook Color

                      • At 2011.01.02 20:02, Gwen said:

                        I am HORRIBLE at reviewing unless it is a commitment. If I actually reviewed 30% in 2010, I would be surprised. That is my goal for this year, to get more on top of it.

                        I would kill for a calender like that. My problem is that I float from the living room to the bedroom and neither have a really good spot for one like that.

                        Happy New Year:)

                        • At 2011.01.02 23:07, Ti said:

                          That’s quite a difference. I was going to say that I always review what I read but that’s not really true if you count the countless children’s books that I read with my daughter. I am so glad that my daughter is a reader but she wants to read more mature stuff now, which means that I have to read it first.

                          I love that calendar. I posted about a calendar today too. I’m a bit of a fanatic when it comes to calendars.
                          Ti´s last blog post ..Snow in Southern California!

                          • At 2011.01.03 00:04, Jennifer said:

                            I review everything I read. I’m usually 3 to 6 books behind, but it all gets done eventually. I print out a free basic monthly calendar every year. I do everything online, but for some strange reason need a paper calendar to keep track of blogging plans and schedules.
                            Jennifer´s last blog post ..Week in Review- December 26- 2010 to January 1- 2011

                            • At 2011.01.03 01:00, Kathleen said:

                              I don’t review or talk on my blog about every book I read. I would say I probably reviewed about 85% of the books I read last year. I’d like to review every single one I read but sometimes I am pressed for time and just need to move on.
                              Kathleen´s last blog post ..Happy New Year

                              • At 2011.01.03 11:28, Meg said:

                                I’ve read and reviewed every book I’ve read since I started blogging, but sometimes I wonder if that’s a good thing . . . especially when I have little to say about a book! Though I guess that speaks volumes, too.

                                Love the calendar idea! I don’t have a reviewing schedule at all, though I do add notes to my Google calendar if I’ve committed to posting a review by a certain time. For the most part, I read far slower than my fingers can type . . . so I generally review a book immediately after finishing, since it’s likely been almost a week since I reviewed anything else.
                                Meg´s last blog post ..Book review- ‘So Much Closer’ by Susane Colasanti

                                • At 2011.01.03 22:04, Jenners said:

                                  Wow … I’m your exact opposite. I somehow feel COMPELLED to review every book I read. Maybe I should stop that … it would make life easier but I know it would bother me to no end.
                                  Jenners´s last blog post ..A Eulogy for My Mom

                                  • At 2011.01.04 22:48, Erin said:

                                    Ok, I LOVE the At-a-Glance idea!! Seeing the whole year laid out like that would totally help me. Month-by-month just isn’t enough. If I can find wall space in an inconspicuous location, I’m adopting your system!

                                    It wasn’t until recently (September) that I started reviewing pretty much everything I read or listen to. Having failed at the “I’ll post when I want to” blogging model, I decided to try posting every day, which has really worked for me. As a result, I’ve had to talk about pretty much everything I’ve read! It’s been a positive experience, though. It forces me to think about books I’d normally just not review, which makes for a more complete picture of my reading on my blog, which doubles as a personal reading journal.
                                    Erin´s last blog post ..Thoughts on “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

                                    • At 2011.01.07 22:45, Carrie K. said:

                                      Your post got me thinking so I ran some numbers. In 2010, I read 194 books and reviewed 149 – about 77 percent. The interesting thing I found was that the rate of reviews completely dwindled in the last couple months of the year and I reviewed hardly any in December! I just wanted to read and not worry about reviews during the holidays. 🙂 Good post – food for thought!
                                      Carrie K.´s last blog post ..Ten-word movie reviews

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                                        • At 2011.01.08 12:26, Vasilly said:

                                          I think my stats are probably similar to yours: I probably review a total of 10% of what I read any given year. Last year I read more than 100 books but I don’t think I reviewed even 40 books. This year I plan on doing much better. I have a calendar that I use to pencil in reviews too. So far it’s working.
                                          Vasilly´s last blog post ..Review- The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger

                                          • At 2011.01.08 15:04, Jeane said:

                                            I review every single one. Except for the DNF’s- about a third of those get mention on the blog. And all the chlidren’s books read with my daughter- I only review the chapter ones, or others that really stand out. I actually envy readers who can’t keep up with reviews- it means they’re reading far more books than me!

                                            • At 2011.01.09 10:06, Kerry said:

                                              I review most, but certainly not all. There are some books that sit waiting for review so long that I feel I can no longer really do it justice, and there are some books that I love (or hate!) but don’t feel I have enough to say about to actually write an interesting post. Sometimes I’ll mention those in passing, if I remember.

                                              And I’m very impressed with the calendar – so organized!
                                              Kerry´s last blog post ..Hug a Book Quote of the Day

                                              • At 2011.01.09 20:52, Robin said:

                                                In 2009 I joined the read and review challenge and managed to review about 95% of what I read. in 2010, I reviewed only about 35%. I don’t know what I’m going to do in 2011. I will do reviews for committed book tours and author requests. My books – I don’t know. Still thinking about it.
                                                Robin´s last blog post ..WIP Wednesday – ROWing upstream against the current

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