I used to think that the sole purpose of a book blog was for reviews.
As I navigated through these foreign lands, I understood that there where no rules when it comes to be being a book blog: if it’s about books, write. If it’s not, then relate to books.
Well, it was a very pleasant when I found that as a book blogger, I could call myself The Biblio Khaleesi and no one would fight me for it.
Needless to say, book bloggers work best without any rules in place.
But I digress. I’m here to talk about reviews or the seemingly minority of bloggers who write reviews. Out of all the posts I’ve written to date, book reviews ALWAYS get the least likes and comments! My blog is a graveyard on the days I post reviews. So like any person who enjoy bullet journaling, I made a list of why I think reviews get the least amount of exposure.
REASONS WE DON’T READ REVIEWS
BOOKWORMS ARE IMPULSE BUYERS
If the cover is pretty enough for a dress, we buy it.
If we’re die hard fans of the author, we buy every single edition available.
If we see the book everywhere on social media, we buy it.
It’s faulty reflex of ours, one that I often regret. For people who spend hours burying our noses in pages, you’d think we’d actually do our research on futures books! There are already short reviews on the book covers, so why even do our research?
I don’t trust trust those reviews printed on the book covers. It’s obvious that those are simply marketing strategies! But alas, bookworms love surprises (unless they’re bad ones).
THE FEAR OF SPOILERS
I’m guilty of this. Many of the reviews on here don’t warn readers on whether their review contains spoilers or not. So we’re basically, walking on eggshells when reading reviews which is very unlike a typical bookworm.
HELLO, GOODREADS RATINGS
It’s obvious how reliant we’ve become on Goodreads. It’s 500+ reviews simplified into a single number. Goodreads also has hundreds to thousand of reviews collected in a single place, and most of them aren’t as lengthy as blog review would be!
So, knowing that reviews don’t increase my blogs statistics in any way, why do I continue to write them?
REVIEWS ARE FUN!
I’m not sure why you would think otherwise. I enjoy splicing characters and scenes, stating what my views on them are or what my predictions are. Many find reviews to be tedious work which I get because how many times can I call a character complex without sounding repetitive?
While some may find that an obstacle, I think it’s challenging to understand what it is about this particular book that I love it enough to recommend to other people?
IT BUILDS MY RELATIONSHIP WITH PUBLISHERS
I’m terrible with bookstagram as I prefer having my thoughts written out. This goes for both positive and negative reviews. It shows publishers that you’re honest with the books they send you out which is something very important for authors. I mean, if you don’t write on where a book “failed”, how are writers going to evolve their craft?
IT’S A SMALL WAY FOR ME TO SUPPORT THE AUTHOR
I don’t have the luxury to invest in new books every month. Either the books are ARCs or I simply borrow them. Writing a review, and promoting a book I enjoy on Instagram are one of the few ways I can support an author. While all of my reviews may not be read by the author, I’m confident that one will find its way.
But even if it doesn’t, if my review can get at least one person to pick up the book, then I’m happy with that.
What’s your take on reviews? Do you enjoy writing them? Do you actually read reviews that bloggers post or only select ones?
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