Should Book Bloggers Only Write Book Reviews?

… No?

Let’s think about this for a moment. Blogs need content. Frequent content. We’ve slowed down here at Booked All Night but we still post regularly. Imagine how many books we’d need to read if every post was a book review.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy reading and there have absolutely been books that I have read in a single afternoon… and also books that have taken me a month to get through (or ultimately decide to stop reading).

When we’re on top of our game we post three times a week here. Best case scenario, that’s 3 books a week, or 1 per week per writer. That’s a lot to ask of someone.

And our identities as book bloggers and book nerds aren’t tied to exclusively to how fast we can read. We also have different fashions, aesthetics, ways of organizing our shelves, crafting hobbies, and even a preferance for bookmarks. We have senses of humor and passions about genre and craft.

If we only stuck to reviews, you would never get to know us.

And, I feel I should mention, when we are over-read (as we often are to keep up with the need for content) we start taking it out on books.


But it is. Sometimes, it’s better to take a break in between books (Yes, yes it is) so that you can appreciate the next one better. This goes double for bloggers/reviewers.

So, no. We shouldn’t only be posting reviews. We should also be posting discussions, critiques of writing craft, lists of our favorite moments, collections of beautiful covers, and all the other wonderful things that make book nerds so wonderfully nerdy.

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Published by J. M. Tuckerman

J M Tuckerman is a New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Tuckerman holds a BA in Writing Arts, an MA in Writing, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is a proud dog mom, cat mom, archer, wife, and passionate book wyrm.

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