On popular blog posts

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! I hope you’re having a lovely week so far. Today I’m thrilled to be back with my Blogging Ways feature, where I rant endlessly about bloggers’ issues…and today’s topic is quite an obvious one…because we’re talking about what you are actually reading right now: blog posts.

Sometimes when you’re blogging, you end up being surprised. Actually, strike that: all the time when I’m blogging, I end up being surprised by what happens with my blog posts. I’m always pleasantly happy to see people liking it and most importantly, taking the time to leave a comment, their thoughts, answering the little questions I put at the end of each post because I want to TALK. I cherish every single people taking the time to comment, obviously, as does any other blogger.

As I already said it before, blogging is much, much work, and a big part of it is writing the blog posts. Brainstorming. Writing. Shaping the blog post as good as we want it to be, as good as we imagined it to be, with our words, a couple GIFs or photographs, formatting it just the way we want it to be. Blog posts are taking a hell lot of a time to be shaped the right way – the other day, I just took about two hours to do just one, leaving aside all the brainstorming I did before about it all. But once all of that is done and your blog post is sent into the interwebs, you can’t really know what will happen to them.

Popular blog posts in the book blogging community

In the blogging community, there are so many different kind of blog posts, and if I thought reviews were the most popular and common ones when I started, I quickly found out that wasn’t the case, AT ALL. Discussions, tags, original features and so on are taking such a big place in the book blogging community, leaving the reviews aside. Looking back at all the work I put since the beginning in my blog posts, and looking back at their feedback, I was surprised to find out that, in the book blogging community, popular posts aren’t necessarily what they seem to be.

Some of the reviews I wrote, pour my heart out into, did not get that many comments after all – while some of the discussion blog posts I wrote have been commented way more, and, from what I feel, loved more. Maybe it’s just a feeling, though, I don’t know. I love writing both, I love everything I do on my little corner of the internet, yet I can’t help but notice, both on my blog and on other blogs as well, heavy differences between the kind of blog posts and the love they get.

Obviously, I shall make a quick summary of what’s making people talk and what’s not, if you let me.

  • A review of a hyped book gets more comments and interactions than a review of a little less-known book.
  • A discussion gets more comments than all other reviews.
  • A bookish tag / overall normal tag / feature gets more comments than reviews, but a bit less than discussion posts. This depends on the tag just as well.

This, obviously, is my personal interpretation of this, given what’s happening on my blog.Also given this analysis, you can easily deduce that, to me, a popular blog post is one that people interact and comment on because for me, blogging is all about community.

After seeing this, I can’t help but actually WANT to ask your opinion about blog posts, hoping to gather some insight and knowing your way of thinking, by asking myself TWO actual questions here.

What kind of blog posts do you read the most?

Thinking about this very quickly, I have to say that I find myself drawn to discussion posts A LOT – mainly because I found myself, as I grew into this community, more and more interested in other bloggers’ particular opinions on bookish subjects. Discussions are often so interesting to read and, just like the type of post suggests it, makes me think a lot about tons of bookish issues and I LOVE IT.

There are tons of reviews out there on book blogs, and while obviously I can’t read everything, there are some bloggers’ reviews I read ALL.THE.TIME, for many reasons, but mostly because I love their writing style and I trust their opinion a lot. Now, here is the flawed thing in book reviews: I am mostly drawn to reviews of books I have read or books I am interested in reading. It’s only human to feel that way, but I am sure that, due to the limited time I have to read blog posts, I’m definitely missing out on loads of books that seems GREAT, but since I haven’t heard of them too much, maybe I’ll miss them #wrong.

Bookish tags and quick features such as Top Ten Tuesdays are blog posts I find myself reading often, for three reasons: they give me an insight on a blogger’s opinion with fun questions ; they often make me smile or laugh and they are quick to read just as well. I feel SO wrong again writing this, but if I had a gazillion more hours in the days, I would easily turn to reading ALL of the blog posts when I’m blog hopping, instead of sticking to a tag to try and get to know the blogger without spending ten hours on each blog post. Something I would certainly do if I had the time.

What makes you comment on a blog post?

The answer to that question is definitely NOT quick and NOT easy, but I am SO rambling here, I hope you’ll forgive me. There are way too many things that make me comment on a blog post to actually list it down here: for me, blogging mostly goes with feeling. Obviously, there are the “blogging clans”, stupid mention I have seen around but that’s sadly true: there are quite a couple of blogs I find myself commenting on all the time, because they are my closest blogging friends and I LOVE their blog posts and overall talking to them. Then, there’s just the overall feeling I get, while visiting a blog, reading a blog post, seeing a question I want to answer, seeing something I want to react on in the comments. Mostly, I want to comment when I see a blogger’s personality somewhere here shine and grow and makes me want to interact with them.

I would LOVE to know: What’s a popular blog post to you?

What are your favorite blog posts to read? Do you find yourself reading reviews of books you read / want to read, or do you read tons of book reviews regardless of the book?

What makes you comment on a blog post? Share your thoughts in comments!

 

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119 thoughts on “On popular blog posts

  1. I would have to agree with you: to me, a popular blog post is one that has a lot of reader interaction (comments, likes, etc.). I’ve also noticed that book reviews tend to not be as popular as other posts; however, it’s frustrating because I first started my blog as a way to share my thoughts on books via reviews. I still write them because I enjoy having a record of my thoughts on specific books, though they tend to not be as popular as some of my other kinds of posts.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Holly! I started blogging for the very same reason, I wanted to write book reviews and even if they are not the most popular, I still enjoy writing my thoughts about these books a lot just like you πŸ™‚ Thank you! ❀

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  2. I love these posts – I find them incredibly interesting.

    I am like you in that I only really read reviews of books I’ve read or am interested in. Sometimes I might click on an unknown review if the title sounds cool or the cover looks gorgeous but mostly I stick to what I know.

    I love reading memes, discussions and tags, but I think the things I love most are the little out-of-the-box posts that appear every so often. They tend to be things I wish I’d thought of myself.

    What makes me comment? I comment when I think I can add to the discussion, or when I want to love-gush over something. I tend to like posts a lot more than I comment, mostly because I want to take the time to go back and sit and write a thoughtful comment out, rather than leaving only a few words. I intend to do a bit of that at the weekend, I think. πŸ™‚

    Great post! I will be interested to see the responses.

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    1. Oh thank you, I’m so happy you like this post πŸ™‚ I really love it when I find an original post just as well, something that stands out, whether it’s because of the topic or the way it’s written or anything else, really πŸ™‚
      I think it’s such a sweet thing to do, taking the time to write a thoughtful comment instead of rushing, just for the sake of commenting πŸ™‚ Thank you again for your comment ❀

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  3. I tend to write a lot of book reviews because I need to review books sent by publishers but I would love to do more discussion type posts too because they are so interesting for me to read on other blogs and I love seeing everyone contribute thoughts and opinions to the discussion too!

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    1. You’re so lucky to get books from publishers: ) I’m so glad you like discussion posts! They take a bit of time to write and brainstorm and everything, but they are my favorites to write πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, Anisha! πŸ™‚

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  4. Like you, I’m drawn to discussion posts (like this one!). I think they’re a bit more personal and touch on subjects we don’t talk about all the time. I like memes because I can hit up a bunch of different blogs all at once. I don’t always read reviews – I usually read ones for books I’m already interested in or that look interesting to me. It’s weird, though – when I write reviews, I try to stick to books I HAVEN’T seen everywhere else, like I’m trying to introduce possible lesser-known books.

    I like to comment on posts when I feel an instant connection to it, when I really love what the blogger is talking about or agree with what they’re saying.

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    1. Thank you, Angela – I’m glad you liked reading my post πŸ™‚
      I think it’s so good that you try to write reviews of books people talk about a bit less, it’s definitely needed πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this πŸ™‚

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  5. You ask a lot of tough questions. The easy question first: I comment if I have something to say. Either the blogger asked a question I feel I can answer or I was impressed with the blog. Now for the difficult question – what are my favorite blog posts. Can I give a cop out answer? Something different. I feel like there are so many blogs on the same things. I totally get that when an awaited book comes out, there are several blogs talking about it. No worries there.

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    1. Haha, I’m curious and ask too many questions, sorry haha πŸ™‚
      Yeah, it’s hard to feel like you are unique and to do things differently, there are just so many blogs out there, it’s hard to stand out πŸ™‚
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  6. I typically only read reviews if it’s a book I’ve already read and want to REALLY talk about with someone, or it’s a book that seems intriguing. I don’t really read book tags, I usually just save them to do them myself when I’m lacking inspiration. I basically NEVER read memes – top ten tuesday, waiting on wednesday – because I find that they usually have the same books and I just avoid Bloglovin’ on tuesdays and wednesdays because of how many TTT and WOW posts there are. I don’t know why, I just don’t like them that much. I DO read discussions, though. Those are my favorite. I like interacting, chatting with other people, and they usually can inspire my own discussions!

    For me, my “popular” posts are ones with a lot of comments – but that’s because I don’t look at my views. So a post could have very few comments, but a lot of views, and I wouldn’t know. Those could be popular too, especially on my blog since I do blog help tutorials and what not which sometimes don’t need a comment to be useful to people.

    Great discussion! When I first started blogging I thought it was all about reviews, too. How wrong we were haha

    Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook

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    1. Oh thank you so much for your comment, Molly! I get it, there are just SO many memes out there and when you read a couple, it can get a bit repetitive. That’s one of the reasons why I stopped doing these.
      I’m glad you feel the same way about “popular” posts: my most “successful” moments, well, the mooments I felt proud and happy were when bloggers commented, interacted and overall chatted with me in comments about what I wrote. I love that πŸ™‚
      Hahah we definitely were sooo wrong.

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  7. I agree with you Marie, I am more drawn to discussion posts than I am to book reviews. To be honest, I very rarely read book reviews. Which is weird because I post book reviews. But I often have no interest to read them, even if I’ve read the book before. I’m not sure why, but I feel like my tastes in blog posts I like to read has changed.

    I love reading discussions, blogging tips, and sometimes travel and lifestyle posts. I am way more interested in those posts. Also, I really dislike meme posts. For some reason TTT posts make me really annoyed, it always feels like everyone’s regurgitating the same post. But that’s not exactly true. I guess I mean I feel like I’m reading the same post over and over again, so I just never read them. I stay clear of all memes :/

    I just really love original content! Original content, discussions, and tips & tricks are definitely my fav sorts of posts!

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

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    1. Ohh really? Did you use to read a lot of book reviews posts, and you just don’t anymore, now? I’m curious πŸ™‚
      I LOVE reading these kind of posts just as well!
      I get it, sometimes when you read a lot of memes, feels like they are all the same….I always read a couple of these but not too much ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts! ❀ ❀

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      1. Yeah, I used to read a lot of book review posts. I think I stopped because I started to be a bit scared for reviews that had spoilers or even just minor spoilers. And now that I’m so much busier, I don’t actually get to read a lot. So I haven’t read many books that people are posting book reviews for.

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      2. Oh I get it – when it’s not mentioned at the beginning of the review, I tend to read it very quickly because getting spoiled is the wooorst ahah πŸ™‚

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  8. Reviews DO get less likes and comments. I still review books b/c it’s something I’m passionate about. But when I really want to introduce people to a book I use it in tags and memes and discussions. Because it gives the book more publicity.

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    1. This is a lovely idea – and definitely a great way to spread the word a bit more about the books we love! πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  9. I think we have some similar opinions πŸ˜ƒ. For me a popular blog post is a post with a lot of likes and comments because the community is indeed very important. I have noticed the exact same pattern in terms of blogging posts and their popularity. Personally, I like discussion posts the most because they are always so interesting and original. As for reviews I try to read a ton, but really I have to little time and I sacrifice the time to read a review so I have the time to read a discussion. I don’t know if that’s a good thing really…. I’ve also noticed that I tend to read reviews of books I’ve read / I’m interested in. As for commenting, I usually comment when I feel like I have something interesting to say.

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    1. Oh I’m so glad we agree on lots of things here, ahah πŸ™‚ It’s always so interesting to read discussion posts, and if I try to give more attention to reviews, I often end up reading discussion posts if I have to choose πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment, Eva! πŸ™‚

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  10. I agree with you that my reviews probably get the least amount of traction over my discussion posts or memes. I was definitely surprised to see that, but I understand it, because you’re right when you say that the other posts are the ones that really help acquaint us with the rest of the people in the community. I enjoy getting to know my fellow bloggers and see what’s on their minds, so my favorite posts to read are probably the lengthier discussion posts, like this one!

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  11. Good post! I thought the same thing about book reviews when I started my blog, but like you, quickly found out they aren’t actually the most read. I was even more disappointed when I recently posted a review on a less known book and hardly anyone bothered to click on it. πŸ˜₯

    And I am a bit 50/50 when it comes to reading book reviews that are about a book I’ve heard about. Some time I do skip a review solely because I’ve never heard of it, but then other times I click to read the review BECAUSE I never heard of it. Altogether I’m not really sure what makes me decide the way I do when it comes to reading book reviews lol

    I have found that my Top Ten Tuesday posts are always my most read, but I decided to hold off posting for this week so my entire blog isn’t just TTT posts. Figured that would be a bit boring to see TTT spam on my blog.

    Like you said, I have also found myself drawn to discussion posts. I almost always leave a comment on that type of post too so I can put my two cents in. So I am going to try to do some more of those types of posts on my blog in hopes to increase traffic and encourage people to talk to me.

    BTW, I really liked this discussion topic. I like being able to analyze why I will read or not read a certain post and use that information to structure my own blog! πŸ™‚

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    1. Ahah I get it SO much – It’s hard to see what really makes you want to read a review. Sometimes I’m tempted to read reviews of books I’m interested in and sometimes I will want to read things about ALL the books I haven’t heard of at all.
      Thank you so much for your comment, Bridget, and for sharing your thoughts about this subject! I’m glad this post will be useful to you ❀

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  12. I actually don’t know how I would even measure a post’s success (though I do want to write a discussion about it sometime)! It’s obviously something that’s grown and changed as I’ve spent more time in the community and more people find my blog – what I considered popular in my first month of blogging are poor numbers to me now. πŸ˜‚ But I do feel like when I check my stats at the end of the days I post, I do evaluate whether I thought it was popular, which isn’t really a bad thing. I just like analyzing stats! 😁

    But I definitely do prefer to read discussions over anything! I also like reading lists and monthly recommendations. I’m more likely to skim tags depending on which one it is, and revews are my least favorite thing to read. I only have to read a review of a book a couple of times before it just oversaturates my feed and I don’t want to hear about it anymore. πŸ˜‚ I’ll usually only check it out if I’m interested in the book!

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    1. It’s always changing for sure, the way we measure success – I don’t feel the same way about it now than I felt two years ago. If something hasn’t changed, it’s how I feel successful knowing other bloggers like you actually want to take the time to comment on my blog posts πŸ™‚
      Ohhh yes, I really enjoy recommendations as well. And I get it – sometimes when you see the same book over and over again on your feed, it’s a bit…well, tiring ahah πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much! πŸ™‚

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  13. I too find myself surprised on a weekly basis. As you said there are some reviews and tags that you pour your heart and soul into and then it doesn’t get a big reaction. You think it will grab your readers attention but something missed the mark or it was bad timing. Regardless I continue to pour my heart into them as those are the posts that make me proud and happy! But I do love quick top 5 posts where I get a general feel and recommendations πŸ™‚

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    1. Ohh well I think it’s quite awesome and you should keep on pouring your heart out in all of your blog posts, after all we’re blogging for ourselves, aren’t we? πŸ˜€ ❀
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this ❀

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  14. Oooh. These are great questions! My favorite posts to read are the reviews. Specifically those for books I have read, books on my TBR, or coming from authors/genres I love. I also love discussion posts. However, I seem to always be late in the game to comments there. I never have anything new to add, which makes me feel silly. Should I comment anyway? Who knows.
    My least favorite posts are the tags and memes. Some of them are great, but the majority just don’t do anything for me. I don’t know the books, and most times the blogger worn add enough detail for me to understand why this is a good answer.

    In the end, I have my clan (like you mentioned) but I try to expand sometimes. I always read everything from my clan, and reviews/discussion posts from elsewhere sometimes too. There are so many hours in the day! But if you write an amazing post, I will read every word. And comment. 😍

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m so happy you liked reading thispost! ❀
      That's something I struggle with as well: whenever I find out a post that already has comments and everything, sometimes I don't feel like I have anything interesting to add to the discussion…It's wrong, really, because we all have something I guess to bring to the table πŸ™‚
      Thank you! ❀ ❀

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  15. Great post, Marie! I tend to read all different kinds of reviews, but I usually will more likely read reviews on books that I haven’t heard of or read a review of before. If there’s a book I’ve been really interested in then I’ll read those reviews too. Reading other posts really just depend on my mood, the topic, or how much time I have to respond. πŸ™‚

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  16. I honestly just comment whenever I have something to say! That means discussion posts and posts about books I have read or are interested in end up being what I comment on the most.

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  17. Discussions are by far, the most popular posts for me. Also, talking about popular topics like Bullet Journals and hyped up books also create loads of spikes in my stats. I think Types Of…posts are quite rare and entertaining, that also get a lot of responses. Funny posts and discussions and lists (of NOT books, other bookish things) really keep me engaged. I don’t read reviews of books I don’t know, only those on my TBR and those I’ve read. I comment on a blog post if I have something to say! Most of the time, I read a post and don’t comment because time is of the essence.

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one noticing this! Discussion posts are by far the most popular and I really like writing them so it’s GREAT ahah πŸ™‚
      There are so many posts to read and so little time. I wish I could leave love and comments to SO many people but…yeah, time, ahah.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! πŸ™‚

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  18. Great post Marie, I definitely agree with your list of popular blog posts, reviews I find are always the least commented one with discussions/tags being the most depending on what one I’m writing/taking part in. Part of me thinks that where reviews are just a review of one books tags can be reviews of a lot of books which may be a quicker way to get recommendations you know?
    In terms of the posts I read there are people who I tune into every time I’m on WordPress, but when blog hopping I do look for books I’ve read or books I’m going to read. Occasionally if someone mainly reviews books in the same genre I love I will check out all their recent reviews simply because that’s how I’ve found some amazing recommendations that have ended up becoming favourite series of mine! πŸ˜€
    Again great post Marie. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Oh thank you, Beth! ❀ I agree with you, there are way more recommendations and ways for readers to interact when you're mentioning more than one book πŸ™‚
      Oh yes, I do the same thing: it's crazy but also quite amazing to see how many books I got from recommendations are now some of my favorites as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Beth ❀ ❀

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      1. That’s all right! ❀ Exactly, and it feels like the more books you talk about the more chances there are someone will love at least one of them, or agree with one of your picks.
        It is kind of crazy, and think of how many books you'd have missed out on if you never started blogging. That's kind of crazy to me.
        That's all right! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  19. The times I posted reviews on my blog didn’t get a lot of comments/views either! And I did my first ever discussion post (which sucked haha), which got waaaaaaay less views than my regular posts. Again, it was my first experience and was very ranty. So that’s probably why. XD Discussions are awesome though! I love reading/writing them; they just make you THINK! Another type of post I love is list posts. I mean, I love lists, but like a lot of lists that I read are fun and intriguing. (Which is why I tend to like TTT posts — although I think that there are a LITTLE too many similar TTT posts (but if people make it sliiiightly different, it’s really refreshing to read)).

    I try to comment on all the posts in my Reader, which is extremely overwhelming! I always think that I loooove to see people’s comments on EVERY. SINGLE. POST. that I write, so I try to return the favor! I may have to go and unfollow some blogs, though… XD

    Love this post, Marie! Sorry for the long comment haha!

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    1. It’ crazy how blogging views can vary from one post to another but also from one day to another. Maybe your bookish discussion was just not on the right timing, we all LOVE it when you’re rambling haha πŸ™‚
      Oh yes, LISTS are so much fun to read, I’m no good to write them well ahah I’m basically lazy but I LOVE reading them SO much πŸ™‚
      I get it – I used to want to do that as well. I LOVE getting comments and I always want to return the favor and I’m doing my best to, but I’m trying to chill when I can’t make that happen because I also need to sleep and not lose my mind ahah πŸ™‚
      THANK YOU so much and no apology needed, I always LOVE reading your comments! ❀

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  20. I think you’re right about the overall trend of discussion-type posts being more popular in terms of comments. People seem to be more likely to interact with those posts. For me, I enjoy longer posts – there’s more to wrap my head around and therefore more for me to possibly discuss in my comments. I don’t really know how to comment on non-discussion posts, really, unless it’s just to say “nice post” or to thank a blogger for pointing out something controversial or problematic in a particular book.

    Ultimately, I try for a balance with my blog. I don’t really like memes all that much, but I do about one a week because it’s fun to participate in things that other bloggers are into – I feel like it can be a good way to make friends with other bloggers. I definitely shoot for at least one solid discussion post a week because, like you said, those seem to get more traction. It’s always fun seeing what other people think.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts! I agree with you, at times it’s quite hard to find what to say or what to add to the discussion, and for me, just commenting with a “nice post” or something, well…I don’t like it, I prefer when I can actually add something πŸ™‚
      Oh yes, memes are a great way to find new blogging friends for sure, I agree πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much again, for your comment! ❀

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  21. I am just getting into the blogging world, and you are so right that these things take *a lot* of time!! Not that I don’t enjoy it, but…wow! I tend to comment on everything I read because I want the bloggers to know that I simply didn’t press ‘like’. I actually take the time to read the blogs I comment on. As for favorite kinds of posts…I like everything to be honest. I suppose I’m not as much a fan of the blog tours because they can all sound alike after a while. I like the reviews about the best, but the discussions are good as well.

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    1. Welcome to the blogging world! I hope you’ll have a lot of fun πŸ™‚
      It’s so good to have comments and to see that people are interested in what you have to say enough to share their thoughts. I just love when that happens πŸ™‚ Thank you πŸ™‚

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  22. Interesting post, Marie! I definitely have to agree with you about discussion getting the most interaction and/or comments out of any posts. I’ve found that to be the same for me as any discussion type post I do gets way more interaction than my reviews (which are admittedly long so well that could also be a factor lol). I’ve also noticed that wrap-ups get nearly as much interaction as discussions. And I feel like that has a lot to do with the fact that it gives a quick overview of that blogs month, could be appealing to those looking to read a shorter post or catch up. Honestly, I find myself as drawn to reviews as I am to discussion posts. Like you, I tend to read reviews for books I’ve already read or ones I’m interested in. But if I keep seeing a cover around I do get intrigued enough to read a review. I just love reading bloggers opinions on a book. Though I do prefer recommendation posts over reviews sometimes. I love recommendation posts! And as far as what makes me comment on a blog I think it depends if I have something to say whenever I finish reading a post. If I completely blank then I end up just liking the post but if I want to share thoughts or agree on a point then I almost always comment. 😊

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    1. Thank you so much, Melissa! Oh well I LOVE your reviews for sure, and length isn’t really a factor for me to read a post or not – except when I don’t have much time ahah πŸ™‚
      Recommendation posts are so much fun to read – it helps that they talk about a lot of books just as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, Melissa ❀ ❀

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      1. You’re welcome, Marie!! And aww thanks so much! Length isn’t usually a factor for me either but I’ve seen some bloggers say it is for them. I got it in my head for a while that reviews needed to be shorter but well I like to talk about books too much and they ended up being long no matter what so *shrugs*. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  23. I find it a little funny that sometimes my most viewed “review” for the year was a post I wrote years ago and not the one I wrote two weeks ago. I give up sometimes trying to understand what appeals to my fellow bloggers because we all have different tastes.

    I pretty much always read discussion posts. I also really like certain Tags and Lists. I like those posts because you usually don’t have to read something in particular to contribute.

    As for reviews, I’m really selective about them. If it’s a book I’ve already decided I want to read, I tend to avoid reviews just so I can go in with a fresh mind. However, if I’m undecided about a book or it’s something I find interesting (usually based on the cover :P), I’ll check out the review and see if it’s for me.

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    1. OH YES, that happens to me just as well – I don’t really understand it but well…that’s part of the blogging mysteries πŸ˜›
      Reading reviews really help me in deciding if a book is for me or not as well. I love book reviews even if I probably don’t read these as much as discussion posts. It’s always good to find out about new books, isn’t it? πŸ˜€

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  24. It’s funny that the one job we book bloggers are aimed to do – which is reviewing books – gets the least amount of attention and the most likely to be scrolled by. I’m sure it varies with every book – as you said a book review tends to get more readers if the book is hyped about – but who wants to read reviews anyway? I think it’s interesting to see the development of readers over the years. When I first started blogging back in 2013, I would read through tons and tons of book reviews to add to my TBR. Fast forward to now, and I’m getting recommendations from every corner of the web, mainly social media. And I think that’s why in-depth discussions are all the rage instead of a formal and proper review.

    Either way, I’ll read anything about books aha. Very interesting discussion post here btw!

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    1. It really is funny – I was so surprised when I started blogging to see just how little attention the reviews got. It’s a bit sad at times, but well, if I can help a book by writing my little review, even if it’s just by making one person want to read it, I’m happy. πŸ˜€
      It’s SO true, there are so many recommendations on social media now, we wouldn’t even have to read reviews to see which books are hyped and eagerly anticipated by everyone. It’s crazy.
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this! πŸ™‚

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  25. Like you, I adore reading discussion posts above everything else. However, I don’t quite enjoy reading tags and the top blank whatevers because I find that they very quickly get reptitive–because so many bloggers use popular books to answer the questions, there tends to be very little variety. Once I’ve read 2 or 3, I feel like I’ve read them all, so I tend to avoid them as a category.

    Reviews I read less frequently, though there are certainly some bloggers over others whose I do (Cait at Paper Fury and Loony Literate are some of my favorites) but I skim more than I pay close attention.

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    1. I understand your point and I have to agree that sometimes when I read bookish tags, I find myself reading about a lot of the same books. Whenever I do a tag I always have a hard time thinking about new books to add, to make things different ahah.
      Ohhh, I love both of these bloggers and reading their reviews πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts about this, Blaise! πŸ™‚

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  26. I totally agree, book reviews get the least views/interactions, no matter how much we, as bloggers, put into writing them. Like youβ€”and I’m guessing the majority of the communityβ€”I only mostly peruse reviews of books I’ve already read or are already on my radar. Although, from time to time, I do check out titles reviewed by bloggers whose opinion I value. That’s the only exception. I’m not exactly sure why that is, but I guess it has to do with the fact that recommendations, in general, are a tricky businessβ€”especially coming from a stranger, come to think of itβ€”and we’ve grown a bit wary of them.

    Have a lovely almost weekend! Cheers,
    Shelumiel

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    1. Oh yes, you’re right – I mostly read reviews of books I have heard of, and whenever I get out of this comfort zone, it’s to read book reviews from bloggers I trust. It’s definitely something I want to work on, though, because who knows, I might be missing out on TONS of great gems out there πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much, have a lovely weekend as well! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  27. I find myself always commenting on discussion posts as well. I think it’s because although I do love book reviews, it’s the more personal ramblings and posts that make me want to comment. I’ve always found myself drawn to blogging because I enjoy reading/hearing people’s opinions. It’s in those discussion posts that one feels like you can open up to your favorite blog writers!

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    1. Oh I agree with you – even if I love reviews as well, discussion posts feel more personal and I like getting opinions on subjects I’m interested about. It’s the posts where the blogger’s personality shines for sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  28. Interesting post!
    Usually what makes me comment or get involved in the discussion is the passion that I can see in the blog post, be it review or not. Or something that I’d love to do and am grateful for finding useful advice and so on (travelling experience).
    Gotta admit that some of the many many book reivews out there are too generic for me, and I look for those that really express their feelings about those books.
    Anyways, that’s what I think!
    Thanks for raising these questions.

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    1. Oh thank you so much for sharing your thoughts about this πŸ™‚ I love reading traveling blog posts as well.
      It’s true that sometimes book reviews are a bit, well…The reviews I love to read the most are where the blogger expresses their feelings LOTS and analyze the book and everything, I love that πŸ™‚
      Thank you! πŸ™‚

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  29. I also don’t read every single review and tend to read those for blogs I visit regularly because like you I trust their opinions. I also don’t read too many book reviews because sometimes I’m like I cannot add another book to my TBR and there’s a good chance i’m going to read a review and be like NEED IT NOW. I am more likely to click on a review when the title mentions it is spoiler free though, I also try to avoid ones that don’t mention that or I can’t see that in the few opening sentences because it’s happened before when I thought it was safe and bam. Book ending ruined for a series.
    Despite not reading that many myself I also still review, I’ve found I have stopped reviewing every single book I read because it’s just not manageable. I think I was putting myself under too much pressure with that.
    My favourite posts to read have to be discussion posts, I love finding out peoples opinions, something their passionate about, or something they’ve seen that annoys them in the book community. It’s one post that always keeps me up to date with the latest trends or comments around the booktube, twitter, instagram spaces too. Sometimes I go onto twitter and there’s a new drama everyday and i’m like hold up what’s happened, who’s insulted who? I’m sure I haven’t articulated that very good but I bet you get what I mean!
    Loved this post and seeing other peoples comments to find out what they like to read most on blogs.

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    1. Oh yes, I get it – I am always scared to read book reviews, especially from bloggers I don’t know because what if there were spoilers there?! It’s so annoying whenever you happen to read a spoiler, it just ruins the whole reading experience :/
      I totally get what you mean – so many things happen and SO quickly it’s quite hard to keep up ahah, I have given up on trying to.
      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts, Hannah! πŸ™‚

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  30. Oh yes I know what you mean with this- personally I’m always surprised by which of my posts do well- cos sometimes it can be something totally random. I like writing a variety of posts- so it’s interesting to see which get the most traction. hehe that’s the first I’ve heard of “blogging clans”- what does that mean? Do they just mean friends? Cos I would admit to having bloggers I feel like I’ve connected with and go to their blogs all the time- but that term makes it sound a little dirty πŸ˜‰ And yes, I’m the same about commenting when I see someone’s personality shine through- I think it’s because then I feel like I’m going to have an actual conversation and then maybe I’ll become friends with that person (or I’ll get to join their “clan”- sorry I probably shouldn’t admit this but that term is making me laugh!!) Anyway, I love this post as always!! Personally I love to read a variety of posts- just as I like to write a variety πŸ™‚

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    1. I have seen this around a little bit, it’s like, well, regular blogging friends you have, the ones you always comment on and they always comment back, things like that πŸ™‚ It is a funny term, I agree with you haha πŸ™‚
      Thannk you so, so much! Reading a variety of posts is the best thing to do not to ever get bored πŸ™‚

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  31. I’ve noticed it, too! You’re absolutely right. I think it’s because discussion posts, by their nature, excite discussion. That’s just a theory. But geez did it take the pressure off posting my reviews!

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  32. I like posts like these!! xD. I also love lists, like, “reasons why reading is better than _” I always try to comment on the blogs I follow. I’m not really a fan of book reviews, even though those are what I post most often, because sometimes everyone seems to talk about the same books, and also they’re usually really long. They can be helpful sometimes, though. I agree with you on tags – they’re a fun way to get to know the blogger. Great post, Marie!!

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    1. Oh thank you so, so much, I’m glad you enjoyed reading this post πŸ™‚ I understand, sometimes it feels like there are always the same books everywhere, it’s a bit tiring but they are the books making people talk…It’s all a crazy business, blogging, haha πŸ™‚ I’m always happy anyway, no matter what the post is, to be able to have a discussion with another blogger about books πŸ˜€

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  33. I’m lazy and I tend to read shorter posts, so tags are nice and short and I like mini reviews and wrap ups, my wrap ups get quite few views for my blog anyways. I read reviews but a lot of the time I end up skimming it, especially if it’s long.

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      1. Oh really? This makes me SO happy to hear ❀ I love writing these kind of posts and definitely want to help as much as I can with the little experience I have πŸ™‚

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  34. As a newer book review blogger I have really relied on your posts and I love this one! I think that your experiences ring true and they were something I experienced when I wrote for other blogs. I have never heard of “blogging clans” either but we have all experienced it – that person that you always check in on who returns the favor. I think of it as more of a guild that is constantly building. Thanks for the great post!

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    1. OH thank you so, so much, you just made my day. I’m so happy that you like reading my posts and they are helpful to you, it’s all I ever wanted ahah ❀ ❀
      You're so right, it's definitely a guild forever building, I always find new bloggers and they become these constant bloggers I always return to for more ahah πŸ™‚ Thank you for your comment ❀

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  35. I enjoyed this post and reading everyone else’s thoughts. I’m not really sure what gets me interested in one post over another. I don’t think there’s a lot of rhyme or reason to it for me – mostly just what I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I’m looking to discover new books I haven’t heard about while other times I’m looking to interact with people.

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    1. Oh yes, it is a mood thing at times, somedays I’m feeling like reading a discussion post and another day I really want to read a fun few bookish tags πŸ™‚ Thank you so, so much for your comment πŸ™‚

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  36. I read blog posts from blogs I love that I have followed. Some of the blogs I follow are blogs I look forward to more than others. When I am looking for new followers, I try to find a blog post with subject matter similar to my own to draw them to my blog. I read reviews as a matter of fact of different types: some are for books, but only for those I read it seems, reviews for movies I have seen and reviews of musicals. It just honestly depends on the blog post I come across

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  37. I think you hit the nail on the head with this one (yet again!) Marie. I too thought the bread and butter of my views would be book reviews, but how wrong I was! BUT I can’t really blame people either, because my favorite posts to read are discussions, features, and any other creative/original content. As far as reading book reviews, I will only read them if they are one of my good blogging friend’s reviews OR if it is a book/genre that I am actually interested in reading. I do the best I can reading & commenting on as many book blogger’s posts as I can, but I can only do so much. The fact is that reading book reviews takes up a ton of time, whereas some of the other posts are less time consuming. I can hit more of the other types of posts, thus make my way through more bloggers. It’s unfortunate.

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    1. Oh thank you, Amanda! ❀ ❀ I agree with you, reading book reviews take me a bit more time than another post just as well, so I'm more encline to read the other posts. I do love reading reviews though. I wish we'd have infinite time to read blog posts, wouldn't that be awesome? πŸ˜€

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  38. I’ve had the same experience with my blog. Discussions get the most, reviews get the least, everything else gets a medium amount of interaction. Usually (obviously some posts break the mold). And it makes sense. I mean, discussions are my favorite to read/comment on, memes/tags/features are my second favorite, and reviews are my least favorite simply because most of the bloggers I follow read a lot of books that don’t fit my taste. I still read the reviews if it’s one of the bloggers I’m closest to or if I’m trying to return a comment and I can’t find anything else to comment on, but I prefer to read reviews of books I’ve read or am actually interested in.

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    1. I understand – some books just don’t have any appeal to us and well, I guess no one forces us to read these kind of reviews πŸ™‚ Discussions, or fun features on the other hand, always seems to win more hearts ahah πŸ™‚ Thank you so much for your comment, Kristen! ❀

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  39. I definitely think discussions are the most popular blog posts and I love reading them but sadly I struggle with writing them. I do write them sometimes though because they do tend to get the most comments and interacting with people is my favorite part of blogging.
    I’m not sure what my favorite posts are I tend to prioritize discussions, reviews and tags so I guess these are my favorite, but I love reading and writing all kinds of posts.

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    1. Oh, I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling with discussion posts – maybe you just haven’t find the right way for you to write them? Maybe you need to make lists or try out different subjects or try and write differently…I don’t know, try things out, maybe you’ll find your style? πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❀

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  40. Interesting subject!

    I have to admit that I used to get quite upset when my book reviews didn’t seem to get the same attention as my other posts because they take me the longest to compose. (It’s so hard putting your thoughts about a book into words, especially those “okay” 3 star books, you know?) To this day, they’re still my favorite posts to write. But, I agree with you. I think unique features, tags, and discussion posts are the ones that are more popular. And personally I enjoy commenting on posts where I think I can actually contribute something to. Not necessarily hyped books, but ones that I’ve read (because I dislike accidentally getting spoiled by reviews of books that I haven’t gotten to).

    Anyhow, as always, wonderful discussion, Marie! ^.^

    Summer

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    1. Oh yes, it really is hard to write about books – discussions always flow pretty quickly for me, but when it comes to writing a review…Once I start, it’s okay, but it’s gathering my thoughts and ideas about the whole book first that takes me SO much time.
      I really love it when I feel like I can contribute to a blog post as well with my comment, it’s the best feeling πŸ™‚
      Thank you, Summer! ❀ ❀

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      1. Exactly! I find it so hard trying to brainstorm and pulling my thoughts together for a review. It doesn’t help that I never take notes when I’m writing a book (I only mark quotes or highlight them if it’s an e-book). >.<

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      2. OH you’re not taking notes either? Makes me feel less alone πŸ™‚ I don’t like to stop reading to write out my thoughts, I don’t know why, so I never do it. I guess it doesn’t help me either ahha.

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  41. I tend to comment on blog posts that made me feel something, made me think, kept my interest all the way through, were well-written, and you can tell meant a lot to the writer. So obviously this one met some of those key things. Thanks for the thought-provoking post!

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  42. I’m definitely drawn into discussion posts, and find I comment on them a lot more than say, review posts. But I do READ a lot of reviews, I just find I don’t always have a whole lot to say other than “great review!” or something similar.

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    1. Oh yes – I’m glad you said this, Kelly. I read reviews but sometimes, even if I feel like I should comment, I don’t want to leave an empty comment by saying “great review!” only. Thank you so, so much for your comment! ❀

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  43. Great post.

    Blogging clan isn’t a term that I’ve heard though I’m not ‘down with the kids’ but it seems a bit mean to me, true but mean as in real-life there’s those people who you will always stop and talk to, others you just acknowledge and then those you don’t know. Obviously with blogging you’re going to build up a rapport and friendship with some bloggers and not others, it’s life and is bound to happen.

    Definitely agree with you. I do at times read book reviews for books I have no intention of reading but agree reviews don’t get many comments compared to memes and tags. I’m a fantasy fan and unless you’re into adult fantasy people wouldn’t know the books I read, just like me with Y-A, etc. My most popular review for both likes and comments is Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman and I’d say it was because he’s an author everyone knows and it was a hyped book.

    I did think reviews would be the most popular type of post, how wrong I was! Can be a bit annoying I guess when you put your heart into a review and it doesn’t do well but stick a quick and easy meme on the blog and bam, loads of likes and comments.

    I think the least liked and commented on types of post have to be things like book extracts, guest posts and interviews though, you try to help an indie author out and have them on your blog but especially for a book extract, if people haven’t heard of the book or author then they don’t care about them.

    Discussion posts definitely get the most likes and comments, I’m always surprised how many people like and comment on my discussion posts compared to reviews, etc and I guess it’s down to the fact that regardless of the genre we read we all have an opinion and a discussion post allows us to offer that opinion.

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    1. I agree – having closer blogging friends is only natural after all. If we’re commenting on different blog posts, there are people we always come back to because we have forged some kind of bond, it’s such a great feeling πŸ™‚
      It really is bothering how reviews aren’t as loved as other kinds of posts, but I guess I still feel like I am doing my bloggers’ “duty” and also what I love by writing about books and how they made me feel, so…it’s okay, even if obviously I still wish they would get more love and popularity overall .
      Thank you so, so much for your thoughtful comment, Drew! πŸ™‚

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  44. I usually comment on a post when I have something to say. Yes, this sounds dumb, but it is true. Like here, I wanted to express my opinion because you asked. Another thing is if the blogger asks a question to get a response, I usually comment as well. πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha well I’m glad you had something to say here πŸ˜€ I really love when bloggers ask questions too, makes me feel like they want to interact and everything, I love it πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀

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  45. I love this! And I have to agree with the general consensus here as well ahah in that discussions are more popular and more engaging, perhaps, than reviews! It’s kind of unfortunate though, because reviews are so great but don’t get much love in comparison haha. Discussion posts are so lovely to read though! It’s so interesting to read a blogger’s thoughts on a certain topic and it’s so interactive. In terms of bookish memes though, I actually don’t mind reading them at all, contrary to a lot of people I’ve seen who don’t seem too interested in them. It’s a fast read and I always get some new book recommendations or learn more about the blogger, which is lovely.
    Did I ramble again? Anyway, love this post Marie!! ❀

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    1. I LOVE it when you ramble, Analee, so don’t stop ahah πŸ˜›
      It is unfortunate – I get so many good book recommendations from book reviews!
      I’m glad you like memes – it seems to me like a lot of people are getting tired of them. I’m a bit tired of them myself at times, but I also really enjoy how they give me recommendation, are quick and fun reads for after long days at work ahah πŸ™‚

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