Good morning, good afternoon, or good night, wherever you are in the world, fellow bookworms! How are you? I hope your week was amazing! Now that it’s sunday, we should just gather around a cup of tea and some cake, and talk about books, don’t you think? Because is there really a better way to spend the weekend?!
We LOVE talking about books, but hey, that’s why we’re bookworms, right? And we do it with passion, with eyes sparkling and hands shaking because of the emotion, because we’re re-living the story as we’re trying to share it with other people. This is what we do, when we love a story. And this is what most of us are doing, and wanted to do when starting their own book blog : share our love about books. How, you’re asking? With book reviews, obviously. It all starts with a book.
Lately, I’ve heard some rumors that book reviews aren’t as popular as any other kind of post in book blogs. Why, you’re asking? This is a good question. I noticed that book reviews are raising a little bit less page views, and a little bit less comments than other posts. I’m NOT a statistics freak, at all, trust me, but, when I want to share my love for a story, and see that not many people are reading all of my crazy fan-girling rant about it, well, this makes me sad. Does this ever happen to you?
I love book reviews. I admit it, sometimes I won’t read all the book reviews in the world. There are some things that catch my eye more than others, like, the cover of the book, the synopsis, the title of the blog post, the length of the article, too. It all happens to us, there is no shame in that. We all have our days when we want to read reviews, and our lazy days when we just don’t feel like it. But I love reading book reviews. Some people are absolutely fabulous at writing those. I love long, lengthy book reviews that goes over ALL of the aspects of WHY I need that book in my life. I can feel the love sparkling between the writing, and this is the absolute best.
Reading book reviews does influence me in buying a book, or not. Obviously. Except in some rare cases when I read a synopsis and get the book right away without asking myself any question – this works for favorite authors, must-reads, and temporal craziness of “I NEED TO BUY BOOKS NOW” – , well, I read reviews. Spoiler-free, obviously, just to be sure if it would be my kind of book, or not. Synopsis are making us curious, but reviews are doing that, too. Why do you like it, why don’t you like it? Why should I read it? Tell me everything.
Plot, characters…FEELINGS all over the place!!
When I started my blog almost a year ago, I wanted to talk about books. This mainly started, like any other book blog, with book reviews. But where should I start? Should I take notes while reading my book, and after that everything will be clear and quick to write down a review? Should I just immerse myself into the story, and forget the world, and then just rant and fangirl about it, trying to juggle with my words as they come?! Where do I put my FEELINGS?!! Okay, stop panicking, let’s stop there. At feelings. Book reviewing can be pressuring, at times. Because we want others to enjoy reading those. It’s not about page views, it’s about sharing the love, at least, for me. So, I just stop at feelings, and write them down. Feelings about the plot, the characters, the whole book. And I share the love like that, in book reviews.
Whenever someone said, in a comment, my review helped them in some kind of way -discover a new story, add a book to their TBR, or even realize that no, this is not their kind of book-, I am over the moon. And I’m always realizing, that, this is what it’s about. Book reviewing. It’s sharing our love for books, besides everything. And that’s why I love it so much.