On April 6, Goodreads hit 50 million reviews–they have a cool infographic on their site about the most reviewed books, ratings, etc. And that’s a pretty impressive number, so go all of us reader and reviewers!
They also sent out an email celebrating this event. Mine contained something I thought was rather cool:
Top 1%–not bad at all!
Though I don’t review anywhere near most of the books I’ve rated, (about 12% in fact) it was still enough to put me in that number. And it’s a larger number than I thought it might be–435 reviews since joining Goodreads on August 17th, 2011.
I rely on the Goodreads community for reviews, and have a habit of reading a few high-rated and low-rated reviews before I decide on a book I’m considering. So I like to give back, at least a little.
Despite my good intentions, I’m not a every-single-book reviewer, or even a most-books-reviewer, as shown by my 12%. Though I do admire the people who review most of their books!
In my case, books get reviewed if:
- I got them in a giveaway in exchange for a review;
- The book has very few reviews; or
- I have something I really want to say about them.
That’s it. Sometimes I feel lazy, but when I have nothing to say, the reviews feel terrible, and there’s no sense in that.
How often do you review books? How do you decide which to review?