Hey guys! So today, I wanted to discuss a topic which I think is quite important?? I have noticed around the blogosphere that book reviews usually tend to get less likes and views. Now obviously, everything isn’t about likes and views, but I’ve also occasionally seen less comments on review posts, meaning that people don’t find them of much value, or I’ve seen some bloggers complaining about how reviews aren’t “interesting”. Now obviously, that is a personal opinion, but I for one, love reading and writing reviews! The main reason I started a blog was to write book reviews, so I thought I’d talk about this, and talk about why reviews are important in the book blogosphere and why people should read them!
1.You discover new books
I personally think reviews are the best way to discover books you might me into. I have discovered some of my all time favourites like Six of Crows, Strange the Dreamer, and They Both Die At The End through book reviews. You get to see what are people’s opinions on books you’ve been thinking of picking up, and you even come across books you think you won’t enjoy, but end up loving.
2. I genuinely find reviews really interesting
Is there anything more fun than seeing someone fangirl about their favourite book? I love seeing people flail and scream about a book they love, especially when they get all passionate about it. And even funnier is seeing people rant about books they hate, because I love all the salt and sarcasm that comes into those reviews.
3. You get multiple opinions about a book, so you can decide whether you will enjoy it or not even before picking it up
When I’m confused about picking up a certain book, I always like to go and read a couple reviews on it, just so I can get opinions from people I trust and then decide whether I want to spend my time and money on that book. Positive reviews always make my choice easier, and negative reviews tell me which books are problematic and better to avoid.
4. I get to see what other bloggers like
I love finding out what my blogger friends enjoy reading. A lot of you guys have really good book choices, and I love seeing what kind of books interest you. It also helps me find books which wouldn’t be my first choice, yet are really good and helps me get a better variety of books to read.
5. Reviews take a hell lot of time and effort
It honestly takes so much time to write a good review. Summarising, talking about the pros and cons, making graphics, collecting gifs (if you do that), and even writing coherent sentences which can actually help a person decide whether to pick up the book or not- it’s not easy and takes a lot of time and effort. I spend hours writing my reviews, and I actually have a lot of fun writing them, but it does take a lot of thinking to frame what I want to say properly, and to not be repetitive and boring in whatever I’m trying to say. So I think it’s important to appreciate all the hard work that goes into writing reviews.
So, what do you think? Do you enjoy reading reading/writing reviews? Do you think reviews should be appreciated more? Lets discuss in the comments!
Thanks for reading!