How do you decide what books to review?

Hello fabulous PJV readers!  Patti here, taking over Dishing Junk from Rachel – shhhh, don’t tell 😉

Today, I want to talk about how you choose what books you feature for review on your blogs.  Every now and then I get a little worried because I know that most of my reviews/ratings here on the PJV run about 4 or 5 stars. And I hear people say, “Your reviews are not trustworthy because you rate everything as good or great.” And I get it, I really do. But here’s the thing: I’m not going to buy or choose a book for review that I don’t think I’m going to like.

Why would I do that to myself?

For example, I don’t like Romantic Suspense. I don’t know why, I just don’t. So as a general rule I don’t accept Romantic Suspense books for review – it’s not fair to the author and it’s a waste of my time. I have a full-time job and a family; I don’t want to spend what little “me time” I do have on a book that I’m probably not going to enjoy. “But you might be surprised”, you say. Well, yes, it is possible I might run across a Romantic Suspense book that I like. But I don’t want to wade through boring or confusing plots to find that gem, when I can pick up tons of Contemporary Romance, New Adult books, Werewolf tales, or sexy Highlander stories that will more than likely entertain me.

Sometimes,  I do pick something out of my comfort zone to read, and sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised.  Do I come across books in the genres that I like that I don’t finish or think are just “meh”? Sure I do. I *try* to do one book a week in my Romancing the Weekend feature – any more than that is just too much for me to handle – so unless I received that book for review, I don’t normally post it to the PJV.  I do post on Goodreads, and BookLikes, as I like to keep track of what I read for the year, but oftentimes I just give it a quick star rating, I don’t give an explanation of what worked or what didn’t.

Maybe I should start doing a post of mini reviews of books I didn’t like, so people know I don’t just blithely love everything I read. Do you like mini-reviews? Are they worth the time it takes to type and format a post? *sighs* I don’t know…

What about you? Do you write reviews for non-review books (does that even make sense) if you didn’t like them? What’s your criteria or process for accepting books for review? Is there a genre or trope you absolutely won’t read?  Throw in your two cents – we want to know!!

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