This is a more personal post, something I don't often do around here. But lately, I've been thinking a lot about my review style. Yes, my reviews are long. When I get going on a book, I have a lot to say. My brain works in an analytic way, especially towards characters, so that's how I choose to do my reviews.
But those reviews do take awhile for me to write. I write and type fast, I can put the thoughts together usually pretty easily. But even still, it's a good twenty minutes on average for each of my reviews. I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, but when I step back and look at it like that, wow is that a lot of time for each book.
And I am very, very behind in reviews. I have a ridiculous number of ones that need to be written. 2011 was a hard year for me, for reasons I won't go into. I let a lot of things slide, I didn't have the mental or physical energy to stay on top of things, then I hit that point where I felt so far behind catching up seemed impossible and it just kept building.
There are plenty of days I come home completely exhausted, at least mentally. It's one thing to wind down with a book, to to just go with the flow and let the story reveal. Tearing through an entire book in an evening work is not a big deal to me. Trying to revise SlackerBoy, write new words on a different manuscript of mine, work on a review, or anything that takes more mental focus... I just didn't have it in me, sometimes for weeks at a time.
So should I have just stopped blogging? I don't think so. I still read the books, and anyone who follows me on twitter knows I talk endlessly about the books I love. More often than not, I feel like I sway more people on twitter to buy a book because I loved it than I do on my blog, so my words are still getting out there. Should I just take a big hiatus, stop doing anything on my blog because my author related posts far outweigh my reviews? Again, I don't think so.
But the question I have been sitting on is do I just let those reviews go, never type them, or do I change my style?
And after a few weeks of debating, I'm going with the second one. Part of me feels like it's a hit to the authors who are going to get what is essentially a mini review, but then again, it seems like it's worse to have never posted a review of any kind. To help me catch up in my backlog, I will probably post 2-3 at a time, maybe even having the extra benefit of one book catching the eye of someone who came to read a review of the other book posted with it.
Also, because I am very close to querying SlackerBoy, as soon as I finish this last revision that I am just under halfway through on, there might be more changes around here, particularly with my review style. Even books sitting in my to read/review piles will start getting smaller reviews, rather than the same format for all of them.
Does it mean I didn't like a book, or didn't like it as much, if the review is shorter? No. It just means I am having to do a little something for myself, and I hope all of you, authors and readers, understand that.