I’m back this Friday participating in another Let’s Talk Bookish post! It was created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and co-hosted with Dani @ The Literary Lion. However, in April of 2022, Aria @ Book Nook Bits took over! For this week, our topic is a freebie. So, we can choose any from the archives. Personally, I took this chance to do Rapid Fire Book Blogging Takes. Or, a combo of many different topics I found interesting.
Rapid Fire Book Blogging Takes
Looking through the archive of options, I realized just how much of a wealth of prompts there was to choose from. It was really hard to choose just one. So, I thought: why not do a rapid fire of book blogging takes, combining some of the most interesting ones? It seemed like a fun challenge and a cool way to use this freebie Friday.
I limited myself to doing only three takes. Otherwise, this post might have grown beyond a reasonable scope. But, if you enjoyed this, let me know! Perhaps I’ll do another rapid takes post in the future!
Rapid Fire Take 1: Is it Bad if You Don’t Finish a Book?
Okay, next question!
Just kidding, I can give a little more context than that, even with a rapid fire. 😂 But, I don’t think it’s bad at all to not finish (DNF) a book. Actually, I’d argue that, if you slogged through every book that wasn’t working for you, there’s quite a few negatives. Things like:
- Increasing your chances of a reading slump
- Taking the joy away from reading
- Causing suffering you could easily end
- Robbing time from a book you could be loving
Kate @ Your Tita Kate writes in-depth about this, so check it out her thoughts!
Rapid Fire Take 2: TBRs Necessary to be a Book Blogger?
Anything that we say is “necessary” to become something is gatekeeping. Sorry, I don’t make the rules. I don’t like the idea of gatekeeping what does or does not make a book blogger. Each blogger should be able to decide if they want to use that title or not and what that means for them.
I’ve tried making monthly TBRs before. I liked them in some ways or didn’t in others. But, because I stopped doing it doesn’t mean I’m not a book blogger. Nor, if you do, doesn’t make you better than those who don’t. (Nor, is there anything wrong with having them). I actually love reading TBR posts, because it’s fun to get book recs that way. Plus, then you can support the blogger when they crush their TBR or cry with them if they fall short (which is all I ever did).
Rapid Fire Take 3: Must You Review Every Book You Read?
Some do and that’s great! Others don’t, for various reasons. I try to review most books, personally. When I don’t review a book, it usually is culprit for a few reasons:
- I disliked the book so much, I didn’t want to publicly talk about it
- If it’s a friends book and I hated it (this hasn’t happened in a LONG time; maybe only once ever?)
- Honestly, just ran out of time
- My memory is a goldfish and I forgot what to even talk about
Number four above is the most common culprit, for me. I’d be curious to hear why others might chose not to review a book. But, I don’t think it’s mandatory. (ARCs and Book Tours are a different story, in many cases, but I’d argue even then, not an absolute.)
So, that was kinda fun, just to rapid fire different takes. I focused on different Let’s Talk Bookish prompts from 2019, since I joined sometime in 2020, I believe. Not sure why I decided to pick topics where my answer was an immediate no, though. That was not intentional. 😂
What do you think, though? Do you agree with my takes? Any of these you want to see fleshed out into their own, standalone discussion post? Any topics from the archives you wish I would have covered? Let me know in the comments!