Is Reviewing Getting in the Way of Reading?

Monday, July 17, 2017
Is Reviewing Getting in the Way of Reading?

This question's been bugging me for a while, particularly when I'm reading and sometimes when I'm writing a review, so I finally decided to sit down, organize my thoughts, and type up this discussion post.

Writing reviews takes up time, time I'd otherwise spend reading.

When I first started blogging, I thought running a book blog meant reading more, but honestly, I think the amount of books I read per a year has decreased. Of course this can't all be blamed on Quartzfeather and reviews. Around the same time I launched my blog, I also discovered a lot of new interests that have all taken some time from reading.

While reading, I often find myself worrying about whether or not I'll be able to write a long enough and/or comprehensive enough review.

This habit is one I seriously need to kick, because I've noticed "review pressure" (as I've dubbed it), negatively affecting my reading experiences way too many times. Hehe, if I don't have enough things to talk about in my review by the time I reach the book's halfway mark, I start panicking. I end up worrying so much about the review, that I forget to enjoy the book.

These days, I interrupt my reading on a regular basis to jot down some thoughts about the book on Goodreads (psst, add me) or if I'm feeling lazy, in the Kindle app.

This frequently destroys any reading momentum I've gathered, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do, unless I wanna have absolutely nothing to discuss in my review, which I assure you, I don't, cause that just makes me panic more.

After writing all this stuff out, I've definitely realized that reviewing has started getting in the way of my reading.

Nevertheless, I wouldn't dream of quitting. I find writing them quite fun (when I'm not busy stressing), and a book blog just isn't a book blog without book reviews. I just need to find a way to stop worrying so much about them.

Do you suffer from "review pressure"? If you have any advice on quelling it, please, please leave it in the comments!