It’s Wednesday, and we all know what that means…another discussion kinda post!
You’d think by now I’d have figured out how to start these posts. Every other post I’m relatively OK with, but discussions? Nope.
Now. I’m pretty sure we can all relate to the fact that reviews…just never seem as popular compared to other blog posts. Right? I honestly get so surprised if one of my reviews has a fair few comments and likes. And it’s understandable. Where reviews only focus on one book and one person’s opinion of it, other posts talk about more books, or just something relating to being a bookworm in general. So, at the best of times, reviews are overlooked.
But does it change depending on the book being reviewed?
Would you read a review of a book you’ve not read…or not heard of?
Make lame acronyms, apparently.
I actually find these questions really hard to answer. Which is great, you know – starting a discussion to find you can’t even answer your own questions.
Well done Ashleigh.
No but really, it’s to do with how I blog in general. I don’t read blog posts every day, or even every few days. Rather, I leave it a week or so and do a very long blog-hopping session at the weekend/start of the week. So I catch up with everyone’s blog posts…including reviews.
No matter what it is, I’ll at least give it a quick read. And sure, if it’s a book I’ve read, then of course I’ll be more interested in the review because I have that relatability. I can compare my own thoughts and opinions to their’s. But still, I’ll read reviews of books I’ve not read or heard of.
Why? Because like I said in the intro, if any of my reviews get a fair few reads/likes/comments, it surprises me and I love it. Because let’s face it, it can take a while to write a review. And when you manage to wrap your thoughts into a coherent review, rather than fangirl/rant and text-scream through the computer screen, it’s lovely when someone takes time to talk to you about it. Because we all love talking about books, right?
I mean, you wouldn’t be here reading this post on a book blog if not.
So I read other people’s reviews. Even if I’m not particularly interested in the book, I’ll quickly read the review and give it a like. Because why not?
I’m pretty sure we can all agree that there’s at least two main reasons for someone to write a review.
1. Because the want to share their thoughts and have somewhere to ramble about it (i.e my reason)
2. To help others who might be considering reading the book to help make their decision. To influence them, and point out things they may or may not like.
Either way, you read a review to find out someone’s opinion on it. And again, it’s split in two – you either want to know because you HAVE read it, and want to talk, or because you HAVEN’T, and want a bit more information. It’s fair to say a huge amount of the bookish community find book recommendations from reviews. Even if it’s just a small tweet with a sentence and the star rating, that’s a review. It still gives you an idea of how good the book is, especially if you have similar reading tastes.
Let’s face it, it IS slightly ironic that we bookworms spend our lives collecting stories, and yet reviews are the overlooked posts of the blogging world. I mean, they’re literally discussing the books you could buy. It’s helping you decide whether that particular story is for you and your collection or not. And a lot of us book bloggers START blogging because we want to write book reviews…and yet aren’t always interested in other people’s.
Because we’re bookworms.
You’re probably thinking something along the ones of “Wait what that doesn’t make sense?? You literally contradicted yourself there Ashleigh.”
Bare with me, li’l beans. I’m getting there.
We’re bookworms. Like I said before, we spend our lives collecting stories. Meaning….we probably already have a huge stock of books waiting for us. If not already on our shelves, then a list in our minds waiting to be read. Quite frankly, we already have enough books to read. Most of the time, we don’t need to go out looking at reviews to find a new one that sounds good. And if we DO want a recommendation, we just ask for one on social media, don’t we?
I feel like at some point, there was a switch from reviews being solely made to help people decide whether the book is for them or not, and now most are written for the purpose of simply talking about it. Of course, our reviews DO still help people decide. There’s a reason authors appreciate them so much, why they want them shared on places like Amazon. But honestly? We just like the chance to talk about books some more. It’s our passion, after all.
And now it’s your turn!
Do you read reviews of books you haven’t read? Or not heard of?
Does the level of interest change for you depending on the book?
Would you read just out of interest, or do you use them to help decide on whether you’ll buy it or not? Maybe a mix of both?
Join the discussion in the comments!
Until next time…
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