Dirty Little Secret
It’s a dirty little secret in the book blog community that book reviews, despite largely being the backbone of most book blogs, often draw in less readers and less interactions than, say, a (controversial) discussion post or even a meme.
Reviewing is why I got into book blogging. But even then, after only one month and seven reviews, I started joining memes, mostly because I like guided content and struggle to come up with interesting or original angles in discussion posts.
But I would like to defend the humble book review, because even though it may not get as many views – I prefer to read actual book reviews on Goodreads, not on blogs, because it’s more convenient for me to click ‘add’ – or interactions as discussion posts and memes, book reviews are still the backbone of this community and they are freaking awesome.
Catch My Eye
I was browsing Facebook the other day, and I saw one of the blogs I follow post a review. I noticed the book’s cover first, which was stunning, and made me want to find out more.
So I clicked the links and followed to the blog’s review page, where I read the blurb.
Now I was intrigued. I liked the cover, I liked the blurb… but I try to be picky about what I read. So many books have gorgeous covers and well-written, selling blurbs, but end up being rubbish on the inside.
This is where book reviews come in handy.
And I don’t just mean general reviews. Anyone can look up the average community rating of a book on Goodreads and get the general consensus. Anyone can find out what Mr Big Shot Reviewer in the New York Times or Kirkus thinks objectively about a book.
I’m talking about subjective reviews.
I’m talking about book reviews from my cultivated list of friends and reviewers I follow.
That’s the real gold.
Because when I read the review, I realised that the like-minded reviewer, who I had already vetted as having similar taste to mine, enjoyed the book.
And that’s what really sold me.
I added the book to my to-read pile.