Thoughts on : the ART of talking about BOOKS

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 withΒ 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.

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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.tumblr_npqpgum8391sebji7o1_500

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?!! book reviews feelingsOkay, 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 amΒ 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.

So, what makes YOU read a book review?Β Do you prefer them long, or short and to the point? Do book reviews play a big role in your buying-books frenzy, or not that much? πŸ’¬

Do you like to write book reviews? Are you taking notes while you read, or just writing everything out right after you finish the book? Let’s talk about it in comments! Β πŸ’¬

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44 thoughts on “Thoughts on : the ART of talking about BOOKS

  1. I actually do take notes while reading a book so that I can put up a review along with a discussion for the people who have read the book. My reviews have a spoilery and a non spoilery section so that everyone can read it. I also really like reviews like that because usually the reviews just talk about the overall experience but I really like to know what the reader feels about the tiny details in the book! I loved this post, btw!

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    1. That’s such a great way to write reviews! πŸ™‚ And you’re right, some people really like to know all the little details about the story, and the reader’s feelings while reading it. This is why I love discussing about books so much, with that, it can go on for hours, and days, that’s so amazing! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, I’m so glad you like it! πŸ˜€

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  2. It’s true, I’ve noticed it too that my review posts don’t get as much attention as some of the others. But I also have to admit that I skip review posts myself sometimes. It’s not that I am not interested in that person’s opinion, but sometimes it’s because I am just really not interested in the genre or the cover doesn’t spark my interest. Other times it’s because they are really in-depth reviews and I don’t want to know anything beforehand (even if the reviews are spoiler-free). I’ve often found myself reading reviews more frequently if they were about books that I’ve already read.
    My own reviews tend to be more on the short side. I find it incredibly difficult to put my thoughts into coherent sentences and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to really go into depth in terms of character developement or style of writing and so on. I just write down my thoughts as they form in my head. Sometimes that’s okay, other times it’s just nonsensical rambling hahaha

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    1. I do that, too! Sometimes, I’m just not in the mood to read a book review, that may be weird, but it happens, haha. I understand about reading reviews on books you’ve already read, I do that too sometimes, because I love to know what other people thought about the book, too πŸ™‚
      Aw, sometimes it’s so hard to write a book review, I get it!! I have so many feelings while reading a book, and when it comes to writing it down, I struggle. I always find your reviews concise but clear, and you always talk a little bit about why you loved it/didn’t love it, and that’s what I love about your reviews, Kat! You keep it simple, yet I always want to know your opinion on the books πŸ˜€ Haha, and nonsensical rambling is okay sometimes, it just shows how much you were in love/in hate with the story and can’t think correctly, haha πŸ˜›

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      1. Thank you Marie! I am really glad you like my reviews. I think if I ever wrote longer ones, they’d just be filled with Spoilers all over. I like reading your opinions on books as well, but then I love reading all your posts! Your use of gifs is always on point!

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  3. Great post! I love reading book reviews too. In answer to your question, I guess I like both for different reasons. It depends really- I think if I haven’t read the book I’ll probably be attracted to a shorter review because I wouldn’t want anything spoilt, but if I have read it then I’ll be really excited to see other people’s thoughts. And I love writing book review- I sometimes take notes but not always

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    1. You’re so right! I’m always afraid when I read a review, to spoil myself on the book, so I try to avoid the long reviews. But I love it when people can talk about their feelings on one book for a long time, it’s so amazing the amount of things you can feel over a book!! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much! πŸ˜€

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  4. I like to read book reviews of books when:
    1.the cover is interesting
    2.the book is already on my TBR list
    3.I like the blogger’s writing style
    4.I’ve read and reviewed the same book already.
    I have bought/borrowed books based on other bloggers’ reviews.

    I write reviews, but I don’t take notes too often. Well, I guess I use my Goodreads book progress/updates for notes a lot. It’s mostly when I really want to remember something. Otherwise, I wait until the end.

    I do notice the same thing, though. The highest views are always the tags/awards. I get it. I always read everyone’s because their fun and a great way to get to know people. But I also think they’re another way to “review” books because so many of them have questions where you have to pick your favorite/least favorite books.

    Great topic, by the way!

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    1. Aw you’re right, the Goodreads progress thing is a great idea to take some notes, without actually having a notebook or something like that! I should keep this in mind πŸ™‚
      You’re right, the tags and awards are well-appreciated posts, I really do like to read those, because we can discover some new books when we’re not in the mood to read full reviews of those πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your opinion on this! πŸ˜€

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  5. Great post! Such an awesome read this lazy Sunday. Definitely with you about writing your feelings down when you review a book. I keep saying that I want to make objective reviews, which I strive to do, but the experience is always subjective, isn’t it? I notice that I write lengthy and better reviews when I love the book, and the ones I did not enjoy were a struggle for me to finish. Well, unless it made me furious…that’s usually done in 10 mins or less, lol.
    I noticed the decreasing popularity of book reviews as well, and I think it has to do with the book’s popularity (which attracts fans and curious cats alike) or with the reader (their book preferences). Personally, I find myself reading the reviews on GR more while I gravitated to discussion posts (like this!) on blogs πŸ™‚

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    1. Aw thank you so much! ❀ I have the same issue with books I didn't like, but didn't make me furious, either, I struggle with what I want to say, I'm just like, meh… and that's it, haha!
      You're right, if a book is very popular, a lot of people tend to read about it, while if it's from some unknown author, not many people are too curious. That's sad a little bit, because well, some authors deserve to be this popular, too!
      Thanks again,and thank you so much for stopping by!! ❀

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  6. YES YES I NEEDED THIS POST IN MY LIFE! I’ve been hearing about it too, that book reviews are not so popular anymore. But I don’t know, that was the only reason I started blogging, to express my overwhelming feelings through reviews. I also heard that people are getting inclined towards tutorial kind of posts but I’m not tech savy nor do I have the equipments so book reviews are my favourite posts and bookish discussions are my 2nd favourite. I always read reviews from all the people I follow and even if I’m not in the mood I bookmark it for later.

    Book reviews definitely play a major role for me because I always check them out before buying any book. I prefer them to be somewhat medium and on point. And I usually write reviews the moment I finish a book because everything stays fresh in the mind but sometimes I do take notes as well.

    So, GREAT POST! πŸ˜€

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    1. Awww you’re too sweet saying that, thank you!! ❀ This really was my reason for blogging in the first place, writing and reading reviews about books I love πŸ™‚
      I try to write reviews when the book is still fresh in my mind, too, but sometimes I'm busy with other things and I forget, and, shame on me, haha!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, you made my day! ❀

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  7. I love to just share a few thoughts about the book and a summary from goodreads. I also share my rating, the Goodreads rating, and the Amazon Rating. I don’t really read book reviews though I should. The only time I do if it’s a book I’m curious about. My Harry Potter book reviews seem to get lots of likes but the regular ones just seem to get a few likes. I’ve noticed that some people just like and move on instead of viewing and enjoying the post. I absolutely love writing book reviews and write them for my enjoyment and anyone who will actually read them πŸ™‚

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    1. Well there’s no obligation to read book reviews, if you ask me! I always do it because I’m too curious about all the books and I can’t stop myself, haha (and sometimes it means spoiling myself before even reading a book…haha!). Some people just stop writing reviews, or take less time to do so, because their posts don’t get many likes. I find that great when people, just like you, write reviews because they LOVE it, regardless of anything else! πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, I loved reading your comment! πŸ˜€

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      1. That’s true! Most book reviews are too long for me to read because I’m lazy πŸ˜„ I don’t spend a whole lot of time on book reviews now because of the lack of enjoyment but I still enjoy writing them. I think people should spend time writing book reviews so those few people who do read them can get an idea about what books the blogger reads and if they want to read them too. I’m glad you enjoyed my comment. I enjoyed yours too πŸ™‚

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  8. This is so true! I do write reviews and you’re totally right about them not getting as many views. It puts me off writing reviews… Right now I’m doing a blog feature in which I reread and review, which makes reviewing more interesting, I think. Thank you for this ❀ and your gifs were on point.

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    1. It kind of puts me off, too, at times. It’s bothering, because writing reviews is what made me blogging in the first place, and it makes me sad to know it’s not very successful. But after all, we can share so many things besides book reviews with other bloggers, and that’s the amazing side of blogging, too πŸ˜€
      Aww, you’re welcome, thank you for stopping by!! ❀

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  9. Love this post! I do like reading book reviews, especially if it’s a book that I have on my TBR. I want to get a feel for it before I read it. It helps, because there may be things I don’t like in books (like annoying book characters), so it’s good to read a review and see beforehand what certain characters may be like and kind of a little idea about what to expect.

    I like doing book reviews, but I admit that sometimes it’s a little hard to come up with the right words to explain how I feel about a book. Sometimes I write them right after, but sometimes I do wait a little bit if I really need to think about how it made me feel, etc. Sometimes I use page markers to mark my favorite parts or quotes in a book. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you Ashley! ❀ I love to read reviews to help me decide whether I should read a book, or not πŸ™‚
      You're right, I have a hard time gathering up my thoughts about a book, too, sometimes! It's a little frustrating, ahah πŸ™‚
      The page marker thing is a great idea, I should do that too! I'm always searching after the passages I loved, ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you!! ❀

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  10. Oh my goodness, I had no idea that book reviews weren’t popular! That’s all I’ve been dedicating my time to as well… πŸ˜„
    I love reading book reviews and I love writing them too. I like reading long ones that are analytical and really express feelings or discuss themes. I’m not too fond of short ones because I feel like they don’t do the book justice, but understandably not everyone can write long reviews – and that’s ok!

    I feel like book reviews are the staple of my blog, and I’d much rather rave/rant about them than do book tags or awards (though I love them too)! I think if I wanted to invest my time on something, personally I think it is better invested in book reviews.

    But this is so interesting! Thanks for the thoughtful discussion, Marie! β™₯

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    1. Haha, well it depends for some people, I guess, I just noticed that they weren’t as popular as bookish discussions – this happens a lot in my blog πŸ™‚
      I really LOVE reading long reviews, and yours are really some of the BEST our there, I love to read them πŸ™‚ And you’re right, and you do write reviews with perfection, so there’s no reason you shouldn’t dedicate your time to this πŸ˜€
      Aw, thank you so much, I’m so glad you liked reading my post ❀ Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  11. Love this post, Marie! My favorite posts on my blog are my book reviews, discussion posts (though I only have two so far), and non-bookish ones. Tags/awards/memes are fun but they take me a long time to compose, honestly. Also, they build up so quickly (though I’m still thankful for the tags/nominations nonetheless). But anyway, I usually write a review whenever I feel like it and have inspiration-sometimes that’s the minute I close the book other times it’s two months later after finishing it. And I don’t take notes but if the writing is very beautiful or unique I’ll mark pages with stickies in case I want to include quotes.

    And good point! I’m definitely not as obsessed with my stats like i used to when I first started blogging, but I have noticed that my book reviews are the posts that are less visited or read. I’ve also noticed that the book reviews I’ve made that have received more attention are ones I’ve given either 5 stars or 1 star; maybe when a reader sees those they’re like “Oh! I want to see why Summer loved/disliked this book so much!” Who knows! πŸ˜„ For me, I like reading most book reviews regardless of it’s hype or the rating the blogger gave it. πŸ™‚ I’m also someone that tends to enjoy reading reviews of both books I have and have not read. I know that some readers try to avoid reading reviews of books they haven’t read yet to avoid spoilers.

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    1. You’re so right, tags and awards build up SO quickly, I’m always having a hard time following everything. And I take so long to write those posts, too, ahah πŸ™‚
      I’m glad to hear that you, like me, write reviews whenever you feel the inspiration coming. I’m sometimes scared to forget about a book, when I wait a little bit before writing a review, but I don’t want to force myself to write, either.
      Aw, you’re right, yes, maybe people are more interested when it’s a particularily high – or low ratings, it makes them more curious, I guess. I, like you, am curious ALL the time, no matter what the rating is, I just love book reviews :p
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this, I loved reading your comment ❀ ❀

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  12. Ahh, I love this post! It summarised quite succintly I think why we’re all doing this. ❀

    I think I mostly read book reviews if I've heard of the book before, or if the cover/title looks interesting enough. I'm also excited to read reviews of books I read to just compare my thoughts with other reviewers'–I think that's where the best part of book discussion lies, personally!

    I don't actually buy a lot of books (because bills, boooooo :P), but if I keep seeing repeated good reviews, I'll most likely borrow it from my library or buy it then if they don't have it. The key here for me is the repeat, though; I think just ONE good review isn't really enough to push me into action, except if it's by someone whose tastes I completely trust. Then again, book tastes are very subjective, it's hard to say. πŸ˜›

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    1. Aww thank you so much!! ❀ I agree with you, I love reading reviews of books I've read, too, so I can compare what they think and what I did, and we can chat about it endlessly after, ahah πŸ˜€
      You're right, I feel the same way: I won't buy a book based on one single review, except if it's someone who knows my book tastes by heart! πŸ™‚ It's so hard sometimes, yes, because some people can LOVE a book, and you think you will, too, and then you end up being disappointed. But well, I LOVE when people are talking about books πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts on this, I loved reading your comment! ❀

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      1. Oh yup, definitely! I think I’ve learned not to trust hype, but sometimes when the overwhelming opinion is in love with a book and I’m not (i.e. Throne of Glass), I do wonder what it is I’m missing, haha. But there’s this quote that goes something along the lines of “no two persons ever read the same book”, and I’m inclined to agree. Everyone’s experience is different.

        And no worries! I think this is a great discussion to have. πŸ˜›

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      2. Well I’m glad to finally meet someone who isn’t completely head over heels for Throne of Glass! I didn’t read it, and I’m forever wondering if I should, haha πŸ™‚
        That’s such a great quote! I didn’t know it, but I’m glad you shared it, it’s so true πŸ™‚
        Thanks again!! ❀

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      3. Eek, haha. I personally think you should check it out and see if you like it–I mean, TONS of people LOVE it so I wouldn’t be surprised if you do, too. It just hit so many of my personal pet peeves and I couldn’t look past them. πŸ™‚

        And no worries! I love that quote, too.

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