Short answer is no. There. Roll credits.
Sorry, that was rude– hi, hello, how are you?
As you know, in my post about my Goodreads shelves, I had mentioned I have a pending reviews shelf. You know, for reviews I will in the foreseeable future create. However, as I was recruiting books for said shelves, there were some books that I was on the fence for. And that led me to think– is this necessary?
not me sounding like a broken record but When I first started blogging, reviews are all I did. That’s all I’d wanted to do. And as I look back at some of those reviews… a few of them really didn’t need my two cents. You can tell I was struggling to find an opinion. Also, I’ve even noticed as of late, it has really been slowing down my mo-jo. Because fun fact: I have the memory of a goldfish. Genuinely. So starting another book while trying to retain my feelings and thoughts on another book I’m not the best note taker?
Now, because I’ve been in a short answer kind of mood if you have nothing to say, don’t force it right? Yet with me, it’s a bit different. Because I want to have something to say. Let me reiterate: I love writing reviews, it’s my favorite kind of post to write. But, I also have to keep in mind that burnout is a thing. Forcing myself to critically look at every book I read may or may not cause a creativity block; it may cause inauthenticity, may take the fun out of blogging. Reading.
It took me some time to really accept the fact that some books are just an experience. Some books are just there to enjoy in the moment. Yes, I’m a reviewer, but when can I sit down and read just to read? Where’s my down time? My enjoyment? And I see that I’ve started to categorize these books as guilty pleasures… I should not feel guilty about simply enjoying a book for what it is.
Don’t get me wrong– I can see the benefits. I view Flying Paperbacks as a time capsule, a way to look back at how I grew as a reader. Sometimes I’ll look at an old review and thing what… the hell were you thinking? Or I’ll see a book that I didn’t give a fair chance or a book that I’d reread and had a new outlook on.
Regardless, I’ve learned that not every book that I’ve read needs my voiced opinion. And I think I’m okay with that.