So I saw this title ‘Are book reviews enough for you blog?’ while I was searching for topic to write and I instantly clicked on it. It was written by Sumedha @the wordy habitat and I enjoyed reading her thoughts on this topic. I thought I would like to share my thoughts as my immediate answer to Sumedha’s question was totally different from her and it was, YES! Book Reviews Can Be Enough For Book Blog.
This is also something everybody thinks about as now-a-days reviews are not getting that much stats or views or interaction, and everyone care about those things. Only recently I wanted to try new things that is this book discussion posts and I’m enjoying writing them and I can see the perk of them now but I still say book reviews can be enough for your blog. Here is why book reviews are important, how book reviews can they be enough for book Blog and how you might change the style to get more stats or interaction-
I did the same thing for over 4 years of my book blogging and I think I’m doing fine with it. Book reviews are and will always be my thing. I feel really comfortable writing them. It’s easier for me to write them as I don’t have to come up with whole new topic. I just have to gather my thoughts and points and write it down. They give me satisfaction at the end.
It was the purpose of starting this book blog. I created this book blog to share my thoughts on books. Of course, there are other ways you can do that but book reviews give me a way to let it all out. Nobody in my house ever listens to what I have to say about book or rant about book or character. My blog, for me, is platform to share it. They are base of my blog and always will be.
I don’t agree if someone says, “nobody likes to read reviews”! Every book blogger reads reviews, maybe not immediately, they might be doing it on Goodreads or social media or somewhere else, but they will read review, specifically, when they plan to buy a book. Readers of my blog read them even when I post book review on genre they don’t read.
A list post can tell you what to read and I agree but how much that list reveals about book, a theme or concept? Reviews give clear view if you would like the book or not, would like to buy it or not. Is there something specific that might trigger you, put off the book and hook you to book; a trope you don’t like or love; character’s voice or whether there was development, type of narration… I can keep going on how many things you can discover in review and that too without spoiler.
Book reviews will always be important for both authors and publishers. They are part of marketing and help in increasing sale as, obviously, we buy books if they have good reviews, word of mouth is driving factor, and we are going to put our money into something that is well liked, or popular, and we believe we will like and how all that happens, Reviews. Author and publishers love a good, detailed book review. In my 4 years of blogging most of their primary approached was for book reviews.
I know reviews are not very interesting to read when you haven’t read the book yourself so why people still read them on book blogs? Well, you can ask readers of my blog! Or let’s just say why I read book reviews, apart from adding that book to wish list/in cart/get it from library 1) for inspiration or motivation 2) I do notice review structure and admire the way different people talk about books in different way 3) for support 4) a way to interact (It’s definitely possible with reviews even though you haven’t read book. I think should write a post on that as well).
You must be thinking, alright Yesha, got your point, but they are still not getting the same popularity. Okay, I get it but now bloggers have found different ways to spice up book reviews, like-
- Bullet point review
- 5 or 10 minute review
- Book series review
- 5 or 10 things why you should read the book (or should not!)
- Mini reviews
- 10 or 20 reaction while reading the book
- book discussion with fellow blogger
Let me know if I missed any in this list!
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