Do you have to review books to be a book blogger?

Here I am, back again to talk about real book blogging questions. (Or maybe bother you with it all, I’m not even sure at this point, but it turns out I’m still not out of topics when it comes to book blogging).

Today, I’m here to talk about book reviews.

Many bloggers, I included, have already noticed and talked about this before: book reviews aren’t that popular in the blogosphere. I know that personally, if I take a look at those damn numbers, reviews aren’t the posts that make everyone come to my blog, that gives me the most interaction, comments, visits and so on. Let’s say this loud and clear: reviews are unpopular in the book blogging community and on the blogosphere overall. I’m saying “unpopular”, really, but the word might be a little big, so let’ rephrase this: reviews aren’t as appreciated as, well… everything else.

When I first started blogging a couple years ago (I feel so old everytime I write this, someone helps me), I thought that book blogging = book reviews. I thought that the two were, somehow, forever linked and destined to be together, hand in hand and inseparable just like Lyra and her Pantalaimon (His Dark Materials, if you haven’t read the book, DO IT OKAY) or just like, well, us and our books.

I was wrong.

As time passed, as I met new book bloggers, as I slowly created a tiny little nest for me here, I realized that book reviews aren’t necessarily a given in the book blogging community. They’re not always there, sometimes they’re not even there at all.

I know tons of book bloggers writing a review a month, or very rarely, or not even at all. Their blog aren’t empty, they’re just filled with other bookish things, such as discussion posts, recommendations posts, wrap-ups where they mention everything they’ve read all at once, book hauls, bookish memes (Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesday etc.) and so on.

Sometimes book bloggers don’t review books. At all.*

*when I’m talking about reviewing books, I’m mentioning blog posts solely focusing on one book and talking about it. Long paragraphs, lists, pros and cons, likes and dislikes, everything, well, a book review.

To be completely honest with you, this unsettled me a little bit, at first. See, I had this image of book bloggers writing book reviews and somehow, it felt weird that so many bloggers did book reviews so rarely, or never. Yet, slowly, I got used to it. In the middle of the “usual” book reviews, I stumbled upon so many new, interesting posts and new, amazing ways to highlight great books. Recommendations posts, lists, blog posts where books are mentioned, but not necessarily reviewed, are wildly popular in the bookish community and I get why.

Is it that writing reviews is boring, or getting boring, I wonder?

Slowly, this image of book bloggers = book reviews kind of shattered, just leaving the book bloggers = books equation, one that’s much fairer than the first one. Some people hate writing reviews, some others just find other ways to chat about books. Some bloggers would rather chat about all of their favorites at once in their latest wrap up, while others prefer “old school” book reviews, written paragraphs or bullet lists etc, focusing on one book, their love or hate for it all.

There’s also twitter now and instagram and all of the other social media, where book bloggers aren’t necessarily “bloggers” anymore, but social media influencers as well. Reviews can take multiple forms there, they can be summed up in a tweet in a couple of sentences or key words, they can be written down in a couple sentences in the instagram caption. Book reviews on book blogs still exist, but they change, too, or disappear in the profit of talking about our reads quickly on social media, where the target is easily reached and sometimes bigger than ever.

I feel like that’s a common misconception about book bloggers – one that I had at first, too, when I started up. I thought I had to review books to be a book blogger, but thing is, you don’t. If you want to blog about books, you have to enjoy books, obviously – or what the heck would you talk about otherwise? If you want to blog about books, you have to want to talk about books – that kind of seems obvious, too. But you don’t necessarily have to write book reviews.

There are so many different ways to talk about books after all.

I personally love to write book reviews, even if they’re not that popular, probably not that interesting either. I’m not doing it because I feel like I “have” to, but because that’s how I want my blog to be, filled with discussions like this one, other fun book recommendations and posts when I can think of them, and tons of long, short, bullet-point reviews, too. I just love it.

Yet, I don’t think you have to review books to be a book blogger anymore. You just have to talk about books and do whatever the heck makes you happy, because it’s your blog after all.

Do you review books on your blog? Do you do it often, or not? Do you like writing book reviews? Do you read book reviews on book blogs?

If you don’t review books – or don’t do it often on your blog, why, or why not? Do you think you have to review books when you’re a book blogger? I’d love to know your thoughts in comments!

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192 thoughts on “Do you have to review books to be a book blogger?

  1. This is such an amazing post, Marie! I only started my book blog a few days ago, so how you thought about the way book blogging works really resonates with me.

    I personally love writing book reviews, as well as reading them, and it’s what motivated me to start my blog in the first place. I’ve found myself getting really excited about all the other bookish posts, too, though. (I’m a little bit sad to hear that reviews seem to be β€œless popular”, though.)

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    1. Aw thank you so much Lily, so glad to hear you enjoyed it ❀ ❀ ❀
      Writing book reviews is what made me want to blog in the first place as well – since then I've found out and started writing so many other kind of blog posts and I love them all, but reviews will always have a special place in my heart, I think πŸ˜€ ❀

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  2. I do write reviews on my blog. Some are fairly popular posts while others are not. I just do it because I like to share my thoughts about the books I read. I do visit some blogs that barely have reviews and other blogs that have multiple reviews per week. I think it really varies a lot. But I enjoy writing them, even if they’re short sometimes. I also still enjoy reading them from other bloggers.

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    1. I’m so glad to find someone else loving to write reviews πŸ™‚ there are so many different blogs out there, I also saw blogs with reviews – only, and some blogs with no reviews at all. It really depends on the blogger. I still love when there are reviews to read though πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  3. I love reviewing because I like the idea of throwing my frustration into a post . But I do realize what you’re trying to say – book reviews don’t get views . Like I don’t even read that many reviews myself . I think book blogging doesn’t mean book reviews but one or two reviews here and there don’t hurt . Tbh , I’m not a fan of waiting on Wednesdays , throwback Thursdays , etc either . I think the discussion posts focusing on book blog problems are the only ones that catch my attention most . And with the numbers always raising on discussions , I don’t think it’s just me either . But cool post ! I’m going to hang around here to see what others think πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I get that, when you want to rant about a book, nothing feels better than writing a whole post about it all πŸ˜‚
      I get what you mean, discussions really catch my attention a whole lot, they offer such an open discussion on so many bookish topics and that’s really amazing, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for stopping by! ❀ ❀

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      1. Discussion posts, yes that makes sense hmm I think I need to setup my game and read a few more books since I don’t think I have still the # (book Wise) to do comparisons or ask deep philosophical questions xD

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      2. But wouldn’t it be weird to recommend or compare books if I haven’t read both? Or I don’t know I have seen people making lists of books and stuff like that if the same genre but hmmm what I have only 4? Hahaha

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  4. A fantastic discussion, Marie! I thought I followed your blog already (smh on myself but I just followed you!) I mostly post book reviews on my blog though I admit it’s more time consuming than posting it on goodreads (where I usually read book reviews). I do read book reviews on book blogs especially if my internet connection is cooperating with me (haha!) and whenever I feel like blog hopping.

    I agree with the points you’ve mentioned here. I think it’s refreshing to post other than book reviews and I really enjoyed reading those kinds of post. πŸ™‚

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    1. Aww thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Beatrice ❀ ❀
      I'm with you here, I mostly post book reviews on my book blog – compared to goodreads, I mean… somehow, I keep forgetting to update my goodreads πŸ˜‚, but I do read tons of book reviews both on goodreads and over on book blogs. I still find it so great to see what people thought of books and some reviews are so brilliantly written πŸ˜€
      Thank you so, so much again for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  5. lovely post, i dont think i’ll ever not post book reviews, regardless of the views, for me theyre important almost like diary notes of how i felt when reading /about a book. i like to look back on them,

    i share this post w my book club for any of htem strugglingto find a good balance and still feel wlecome.

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    1. YES exactly, I feel the same way – I really like having reviews to look back on how I felt about a book. I also just really like witing them and posting them overall πŸ˜€
      Aww thank you so much, that means a lot, and thank you for your sweet comment ❀ ❀

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  6. I review books on my blog. But sometimes I end up typing the review on goodreads and never copy paste it on my blog. Its just Instagram is not that fun to me. But I definitely love talking about books on Twitter. Whenever I am reading a book , info related to it definitely goes on Twitter. And yeah I do read bookish blogs which I can find in explore on the WordPress app. And I love reading reviews on goodreads.

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    1. Oh, I get that struggle, I have the same one, but backwards, I publish a review on my blog and forget to put it up on goodreads πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  7. Hi Marie, great discussion! I agree with your sentence β€˜it’s your blog you can write about whatever you want’. I’m paraphrasing but I totally agree. The posts I love to read the most are the discussion posts because they engender more discussion. However, I also love a really well crafted review. I love crafting a well written review too! I think my answer is that I really just want to talk about the books I’ve read. Thats why I started this blog after all! I’ll admit that time comes into play too. I have a full time job so I usually only veer away from reviews once a week because it takes much longer to craft a non review. I can whip out a short review in about 25 minutes. I also mostly write on my weekends so if I have to write 4-5 posts it takes up some time. I so admire you and other bloggers that do discussion pists multiple times a week, and so well!

    I do really like reading reviews too, so don’t give up writing them! There is nothing more satisfying than having one of your fellow bloggers recommend a book, reading it and being able to discuss it with someone! Great discussion as usual, Marie!

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    1. Agree – I also read and am drawn to discussion posts a bit more, even if I love a great review, too, sometimes we have so much more to say in a discussion post, I guess πŸ˜€
      I agree, writing discussions take so, so much time – I’m always scheduling my posts, but coming up with discussions and writing them takes me a lot of time,too. I just love them, so… I can’t help myself πŸ˜‚ Though, to be completely honest, that one didn’t take me much more time than a review to write (well, to draft quickly), when I’m inspired, words just flow!

      Aw thank you so, so much, Deborah ❀ you're so right, nothin more satisfying than chatting about a book we loved with someone ❀ ❀

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  8. I also have some sort of image that book bloggers = writing book reviews but realistically, those kind of posts are not that popular and from my opinion, it’s not because the reviews are boring but because the book at the first place doesn’t interest me or a genre that I don’t like to read.

    If I were to find a book review I’ll go to goodreads or google it and just clicked on the articles so I still feel like book reviews are not useless tho.

    On a side note, I love discussions posts like this as it opens a more diverse interaction. Like reading book reviews wouldn’t give me a lot to talk about except for ‘the book sounds interesting’ lol.

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    1. I completely get what you mean: it’s so much harder to have great and tons of interactions on a book review, than it is on a discussion post. Also, there are so many books and, with chatting about one particular book, we can’t really reach out to everyone, because like you said, some people read a certain genre, others aren’t just interested in said book, and so on.
      Book reviews do help me find other amazing books to read though and I’m super grateful for that haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and for your sweet comment! ❀

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  9. I love writing book reviews and try to alternate between one review and bookish related post but it doesn’t always work out.
    There is room for everyone doing their own thing, whether it’s reviews or not but I get why someone may not read reviews. Either you are excited to read the book and don’t want to be potentially spoiled or influenced by someone else’s opinion or you aren’t interested. It’s so hard to find someone with the exact same taste and who is reviewing books you have already read.
    From being a book blogger who writes reviews, I try to at least skim read reviews for books I haven’t read, as I know how much effort goes into them 😊

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    1. I agree, there are so many reasons why some people don’t read reviews and why they might not be as appealing as other kind of posts. Like you said, it’s almost impossible to find someone having the same taste as you and reviewing books you have read and want to read and so on. It’s complicated haha.
      YES yes yes, I’m so happy you said that ❀ I do try to read reviews, because I enjoy reading them obviously and I also want to let bloggers know that they are appreciated, there is so much work behind every review out there πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Jade ❀

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  10. I’ve cut down on the number of reviews I write. Writing them took hours and got boring. Then nobody looked at them. It all started to feel pointless. I don’t think I’ll ever give up reviews completely, but I am searching for other ways to highlight the books I’m reading.

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    1. I get it, it’s a bit frustrating when so much time goes into a review, for so little feedback and results. There are so many fun ways to talk about books though, without reviewing them, with memes obviously, but also with other posts, or combining a few books in one post and making it a recommendation posts, etc πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic!! πŸ˜€

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  11. I do one book review a week. I will read book reviews on other people’s blogs too, but only if it is a book that I either have already read, or one that I’ve never heard of before and want to know about. If it is a review on a book that I am already interested in reading, I get nervous to read the review in case it has spoilers or it colors my feelings about the book before I have even picked it up. But, as a general rule, I still love reading book reviews! This was a great post!

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    1. Oh same here, I get nervous to read spoilers accidentally, that’s why I appreciate it when people mention when there are spoilers πŸ˜‚
      YAY, I’m really happy to hear you enjoy book reviews πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment ❀ ❀ ❀

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  12. this is a really encouraging post!! I don’t consider myself a book blogger cause I don’t really do many book reviews, zero discussion posts, etc. but this is still very encouraging nonetheless. thanks for writing this!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, I’m glad if this could help you in any way πŸ™‚ To be honest, if you’re chatting about books on your blog, to me, you can be a perfectly great book blogger haha πŸ˜€ x

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  13. I haven’t written a review in months, but I’m okay with that. I like reading other people’s reviews, but I don’t find them very fun to write so I rarely do. I definitely agree you don’t have to review books to be a book blogger, you just have to love talking about books!

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    1. Yay, I’m so glad you feel the same way πŸ™‚ and you shouldn’t write anything you don’t really want to write after all, it’s your blog πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  14. I usually do about one book review a week. They may not get as many views as other posts, but I seem to get a good reaction to them from commenters (knock on wood!). I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way to book blog, but I do think reviews, in any form, are still a part of book blogging. Even if it’s just mini-reviews or even Twitter-style reviews. I’ll admit, I don’t read every book review on every blog I follow. But, I do still read quite a few of them.

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    1. I find it amazing when there is a reaction to our reviews, I mean, people want to chat about a book in particular and I love it. Reviews take so much of our time and it’s great to see whe they are appreciated πŸ˜€
      That’s good to hear your point on the topic, Angela! I think I’ll still feel that way too, somehow, that reviews are a part of book blogging, no matter the format they take πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  15. I actually wasn’t aware of this, like you I think I just connected being a book blogger with book reviews. Personally I don’t write that many book reviews, or about books in general, though I really am considering changing my blog up a bit and focusing more on books. I love books and reading, and since I haven’t been doing much reading lately, I thought it might help me get back into it πŸ™‚ And since I haven’t been blogging much either it’s not like it would hurt πŸ˜›

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    1. Ohh, I really hope that focusing on books might help you get back into reading and everything! Wishing you the best of luck and… you know where to find me if you need any recommendations πŸ˜€ ❀

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  16. I totally agree. I thought so too but found out book reviews aren’t that popular and discussions get more attention or recommendations. I personally like doing recommendation posts and reviews. Great post.

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  17. This is so true! I feel like bloggers are kind of letting full-blown reviews go by the wayside (and are just saving them for Goodreads or wherever) and are posting more discussion things which I’m totally okay with. While I do read book reviews (especially if I’ve read the book myself and I want to hear other people’s opinions on it), I don’t tend to spend as much time with them as other kinds of posts. Personally, my feelings on writing my own book reviews changes wildly from week to week. Sometimes I’ll feel like it’s so cathartic and I’m really getting all my feelings out about the book and other times I really, really don’t want to write a review so it ends up being kind of short and vague. As a result, I’ve just been writing fewer of them (I think I only wrote two in March and April combined) and it doesn’t really bother me. Great topic, Marie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. I feel the same way, I feel like so many reviews are just up on Goodreads, but not so much around on blogs and everyone seems to focus on discussions lately. I find it great, I love discussions, yet I’m also a bit sad because I really enjoy book reviews, too and I feel like these posts deserve all the love as well πŸ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Laura πŸ˜€ ❀

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  18. This is such an interesting question! I personally enjoy writing book reviews because I love gushing about the books I enjoyed, but it’s a bit disheartening when they get so fewer views than everything else. Still, there are so many other ways to talk about books, so if someone prefers not to write reviews I see no reason why they should! But yeah, it really surprised me too when I found out this was the norm

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    1. I’m glad I’m not the only one surprised, haha. I love gushing about my favorite books in book reviews, too, but I think it’s great to see all the recommendations posts out there and all the different ways to chat about books, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh obviously, the books book bloggers get to review, they will review – at least I see it this way, too. I was just thinking that, aside from these reviews, and even these reviews, well they aren’t that popular when you come to think about it, and there are SO many other kind of discussion posts about books out there, different from book reviews. IT’s refreshing to read, too πŸ™‚
      thank you for your comment ❀

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  19. Yay! I love this! I admit, I’ve felt self-conscious for awhile because I don’t review books and I always had this niggling feeling in the back of my mind like, ‘You’re not doing this right. You’re not a REAL blogger!’ But I’m really glad there’s still room for other types of book blogs and that even if I do things a little differently it’s still ok πŸ™‚

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    1. AGREE there are still room and always will be for people who don’t review as many books, or just talk about books in different ways, too. As long as you’re spreading the bookish love, for me, you’re doing awesome πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  20. It is sad but true, I have seen that the post I get more “traffic” is when it is not a book review. However, that does not stop me xD some people in the comments said that they like to throw their frustration in a post, which is valid. I love to talk about books and I love to have a conversation about them, which is not that easy, maybe because people do that actually read that much? Other reviews? But you can read and make posts about that without actually reviewing. πŸ™‚ So good luck!

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    1. Oh yes there are tons of possibilities aside from book reviews πŸ™‚ I enjoy writing both kind of blog posts, book reviews or not so I’m not going to stop either haha πŸ˜‰
      I think it’s important just to do whatever we want to , if we love writing reviews, we should keep on going πŸ˜€
      Thank you for commenting! πŸ˜€

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      1. Yes, agree. At the end we are doing this for fun and passion so we shouldn’t be discourage πŸ™‚ both posts are really good at the end. I like to talke and comment hahaha if you haven’t noticed xD

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  21. I do share your opinion: I thought it was mandatory to review books but as you said there are blogs about books without reviews. I do review all my books (except the very rare that I don’t like) because I love writing a review. I’m a genuinely enthusiastic person about books and I love gushing about the book and trying to convince others to read them. It’s really time consuming with all the fine tuning, graphics to make etc but I love it!

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    1. YAY I’m so happy to hear that!! ❀ I also really enjoy reading your reviews, and reviews overall from people like you genuinely enthusiastic and putting all the love they have in their reviews. I can tell, really, and I LOVE reading reviews like that, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this! πŸ˜€

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  22. That was my original thought aswell ! And also what took me so long to create my blog; let’s face it, you will rarely see reviews on my blog (although I gave you two this month *aherm*)

    My problem is not the writting part of the review, you see, As I usually start it as I go through the book so when im done of my reading I just need to schedule it. simple. My problem here was actually *FINISHING* said book to post the review. I’ve come so far from where I stood a year ago, but back then my mental illnesses made it hard for me to remember what I was reading and such .. well, If I don’t finish the book or barely remember what I have read, what do I review, you know ?!
    another thing that made me stand back of creating my blog is, well, at that time I only read unknown books written in/translated in french. So in my mind.. “WHO would even want to read that ?!” — In the end, im pretty glad book blogging ain’t so much about reviews nowadays .. I’d say i’m a medium reader now, and i’m not too fan of “ONLY reviews and nothing else”.

    Nice post as always my dear ! xx

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    1. Oh thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic, Kristina, I really loved reading your point of view on this. ❀ I have to say, there is a huge community of French book bloggers as well, blogging in French, in case you're interested haha πŸ™‚ But I get it, when you're not reading in the same language, it's a bit tricky to write book reviews and recommend a book when it's … well, not necessarily translated for everyone to enjoy.
      I still think there's room for your amazing reviews or book recommendations, no matter how you write them – even if you sum it up in a couple words and talk about the latest ten books you've read like that or something πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much again for your comment! πŸ˜€

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      1. I feel maybe with other french ones we dont really have the same taste ? (Although I know you are xd) and as im more french quebec than french france … that can have its weight aswell ..

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      2. Yeah I get it… I also feel like we can have different thoughts on books, all because of how we read them? I mean, I’m reading the books in English and sometimes, the French translations aren’t the best, so we don’t have the same reading experience :/

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      3. Yeaah.. sometimes stuff can be lost in translation, but as a general train of thought, I usually like them. Now I can read in both language, id still pick my translations sometiemes ahah just as they are « lighter reads » for my brain

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  23. I love to share reviews and try to do it once a week for now, but I want to be a more active book blogger and want to write other book posts. But think I could need more ideas of what kind of posts it could be πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh well, if you’re looking for ideas, there are wonderful blog posts out there sharing ideas of blog posts (I think if you type blog post ideas book bloggers, something like that, you might stumble upon some great helpful posts); Also there are about three billion book tags out there, and you can take ideas from from everything, your reading habits, favorite genre, tropes, blogging, etc, I’m sure you will find great things you want to chat about πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your comment πŸ˜€

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  24. I write reviews on my blog, and to be honest I don’t know what I would post if I didn’t write book reviews (well I’d probably just include more discussions, weekly memes, book tags and things like that I dunno), but I get what you mean about seeing bloggers who don’t write book review but who still have these fantastic book blogs that talk about all manner of important things. I enjoy writing book reviews, and I enjoy reading them as well because it introduces me to a lot of new stories and new genres that I may not have discovered otherwise.
    It’s a shame they’re not that popular compared to all the other posts out there, but I guess it is what it is you know? πŸ™‚
    Great post Marie. πŸ˜€ ❀

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    1. Agree – well, I’d have loads of other ideas and would probably be able to maintain a blog without book reviews, but… I love them anyway and I love seeing them on other blogs, too. Like you said, they’re fantastic and we discover so many incredible books this way πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Beth πŸ˜€

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  25. You have a very good point and I think there are a lot of different ways to β€œreview” a book if not in the traditional way. Since I’m very new to the blogosphere I can only speak for myself when I say I like writing reviews, at least for books I liked 😁

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    1. Yes you’re so right, there are so many ways to review books and to talk about them after all πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad to hear you’re enjoying book reviews πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  26. Love this post! I greatly enjoy reading and writing book reviews, so I can’t imagine ever excluding them from my blog. But I’m also very wordy, so I doubt I could ever confine my feelings about a book to something like a round-up post! At the same time, it is interesting to see different types of bookish content people can create beyond straight-up reviews. Really motivates creativity.

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    1. Agree, it really is motivating and inspiring to see how different everyone is and everyone reviews. I love it! I’m so glad you love writing reviews and that you’re having fun writing long reviews, too. I know sometimes, I can’t stop myself either hahaha πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! πŸ˜€

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  27. I like writing review posts more than other bookish posts. I’ve created my blog to share my thoughts on books and even if they don’t get much views, It’s okay. I’ll never give up on them because they’re like my reading journal.
    Great Post BTW! πŸ™‚

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  28. When I started blogging I thought that book reviews = book blogger as well. But the more time I spent in the bookish community the more ways I discovered to talk about books. πŸ˜€
    I do write reviews, how many per month depends on how much I read and how many of those read books I feel like talking about. But in general I, at least, have 1 book review per month. πŸ˜€ I love writing reviews and getting all my thoughts on a book out of my system. It’s too bad that reviews aren’t as popular as other posts, because sometimes they are very hard to write. Still, I don’t think I will ever stop writing reviews, I just enjoy them that much. πŸ™‚
    Amazing post Marie! ❀ πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so glad to hear I was not the only one feeling this way, at first, haha. It’s wonderful, how creative everyone is to chat about books, I love it so, SO much πŸ˜€
      I’m really happy you like writing reviews, too – I love reading your reviews πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much, Anna! ❀ ❀

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  29. When I first started blogging, book reviews were a big part of my blog. I used to blog about 4-5 reviews a month! As time progressed, I realized that people didn’t really enjoy reading them, and I didn’t even have the time to keep up with all the books I was reading. Now, I really enjoy doing like a mini group reviews in one post. Maybe in the future I’ll go back to writing long blog posts again, but for now, it’s not really my thing, and i’m totally okay with that. I really enjoy reading them, specially by my favorite book bloggers (cough cough…you).
    I don’t consider myself a book blogger, but that’s okay! Great post xxx

    Melina | http://www.melinaelisa.com

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    1. Oh I get it – I can’t keep up with the books I’m reading and my book reviews, either, I just make a little selection of the books I want to review on my blog πŸ™ˆ. If you were getting a bit bored of writing reviews, though, it’s great that you stopped and do it a bit less frequently now – what matters is that we write what we love πŸ˜€
      Aww thank you so, so much Melina, you’re the sweetest ❀

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  30. I agree with you! I do like reading reviews, but I also love reading discussion posts and recommendations and everything else, too. πŸ™‚ I try to write reviews, but most of the time I end up not, but that’s okay. This was a lovely post, Marie!

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  31. This is a really great discussion! Personally, I love writing reviews. I don’t do it often, because I don’t think every book I read needs to be reviewed, but when I do I actually have fun πŸ™‚

    It’s true that book reviews are not the most popular posts, but I feel that the interaction on these posts are great because it lets people comment on the more specific aspects of the book compared to a general recommendation post. Maybe that’s just me? And I usually read book reviews on other blogs, too. Especially when it’s a book I’ve read, just to see if we have the same opinions about it.

    Anyway, even if it’s not popular, it helps me practice translating my thoughts into actual words that people can understand, and I think it really helps improve my writing as well πŸ™‚

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    1. Oh I’m so happy you enjoy writing reviews as well, they’re so much fun to write πŸ™‚
      You make such a great point – people usually focus on one book on book reviews and it gives us such a focused, interesting conversation sometimes πŸ˜€
      I’m so glad you find it good for your writing, too – I found that writing reviews really helped me for that, too πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ˜€

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  32. Haha, I so rarely write reviews. I generally only write them for arcs or if I am absolutely in love with a book, or if I loathe it completely. Apart from the fact that they get the least stats, I also just don’t enjoy writing them. I find that I get distracted writing them and babble on. I would rather write a recommendations post instead of writing a review.

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    1. Oh I get that – I personally enjoy writing reviews, but I can understand that they could get a bit boring to write at times. I think that what matters the most here is that you’re enjoying what you do, reviews or no review πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ˜€

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  33. I haven’t done a lot of reviews on my blog, but I’m trying to get into it more. I think that reviews can be super boring or super fun. It depends a lot on the book being reviewed and on the blogger, of course. Sometimes I feel like I can only review books that have come out very recently, otherwise no one will care. Since I don’t read new releases all that often, I end up not writing proper reviews.

    I think that it’s important for each blogger to have their own reviewing method. I get very tired of long paragraphs that make me feel I’m in my lit class all over again. I like it when people switch things up a bit and use GIFs, bullet points, etc… Sometimes I even think that mini reviews make me more intrigued than long, proper ones!

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    1. Agree, it really depends on the blogger! Personally, I don’t get bored of long reviews when they’re well-written and obviously, when there are images or titles or quotes, things to make the review and my reading, breathe a little bit haha πŸ™‚ But yeah, I love it when people switch things up as well with lists and GIFs and everything πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this πŸ˜€

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  34. I agree. I really enjoy writing book reviews bu truth be told I don’t like reading them at all. There have been points where I’ve wanted to start a second blog where my main focus was on books and writing. However, I have always been put off my the knowledge that on my current blog book reviews always bring in low views. I’ve never really associated book blogger with anything other than writing book reviews. It’s create to hear that there’s more to it than just that.

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    1. Oh there is so much more to book bloggers than book reviews, really πŸ™‚ I thought that book bloggers were really just reviewing books, but there is so much diversity in the blog posts we all do, discussions, the way to recommend books and everything else. It’s so much fun to read all the time πŸ˜€ I hope you won’t let that thought about book reviews and low views put you off starting a books and writing blog. There’s so much you can do besides reviews, taking a look around in other book blogs might just inspire you, there are so many unique bloggers πŸ™‚
      Thank you for your sweet comment! πŸ™‚

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  35. I actually prefer reading book reviews to other content. I think lists can be fun, quick reads which is probably why they’re so popular. Though I am glad that there’s such a variety of content on the blogosphere! I also think blogs and websites are a much neater form of displaying content if that makes sense? The initial post isn’t limited to a word count and with twitter, things can get lost in comment threads and you might never find a single tweet again whereas with most blogs you can just search for a certain review. I don’t think we’ll ever end up without any reviews at all though! πŸ˜€

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    1. Oh that’s great to know that someone loves reading book reviews πŸ˜€
      Agree, it’s amazing that there are so many different blog posts and ways to chat about books out there. I love it.
      Oh yes, you’re so right about that. I’m an organization freak so I LOVE THAT so much as well haha πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much or your sweet comment! ❀

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  36. Great discussion and I agree that you don’t have to write reviews in order to be a book blogger! I personally do review books but I don’t have a review schedule and I normally don’t know when I start reading a book if I’m going to review it, usually within the first few chapters if I have written any quotes or thoughts down I know I’ll be reviewing it after, sometimes I get to the end of a book and decide I need to share my feelings and sometimes I just don’t want to, so I don’t review the book πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ In terms of reading other reviews I do actually enjoy reading them it’s just difficult because I don’t like spoilers so I don’t read reviews before I have read books but by the time I get around to them their normally not so current anymore so the hype as normally died down and there aren’t too many/any current reviews to read!

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    1. Hahaha I get that, everytime I start a book, I don’t know whether or not I’ll end up reviewing it, sometimes I feel like I will, but once I’m done with it… I forget about it or I don’t know, I’m just not feeling it overall πŸ˜‚
      Oh I get that – I’m always a bit scared to read reviews and get spoiled on a book, I hate when that happens. Reason why I always do spoiler-free reviews and seek these reviews a lot πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  37. Oh I so agree! I actually LOVE writing reviews but they’re definitely my lowest performing posts (sometimes it’s depressing gahh) and I don’t want to stop doing them because I love it, buuut…it definitely is more fun, it seems, for readers to just get book recs in different ways. Lists and recommendation posts and such. So I love that too! DO IT ALL, I say.πŸ˜‚ And honestly a 2 sentence tweet recommending a book is as likely to get me to pick it up as an entire blog post. Sometimes knowing less about a book before going in is fun too?! Less spoilers! So I totally get that reviews aren’t as popular anymore. Although I do like them on goodreads when I’m deciding what to buy haha.

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    1. I love your DO IT ALL attitude πŸ˜‚ I want to do that as well, I’m trying πŸ˜‚ I really love writing reviews, but yes it’s a bit sad to see how they perform – reviews deserve way more love, that’s for sure.
      I really love reviews on goodreads as well, I always look them up before getting a book, I can’t help it πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Cait!! ❀ ❀

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  38. Interesting post! Most book blogs I follow review books in some capacity, but I don’t mind other posts that still highlight books, etc. I review books still – probably not as much as I used to because I like to include other types of posts, but at the same time, I’m not going to stop reviewing books because I personally get a lot of book ideas FROM actual book reviews and writing reviews is usually the easiest way – for me at least – to share my thoughts on a book.

    -Lauren

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    1. Oh I feel the same way, I get SO many book ideas and amazing recommendations from book reviews, I love reading them – and writing them, too πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the topic πŸ˜€

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  39. When I started reviewing books *ahem* 9 years ago (talk about feeling old) it was all about reviews and we all read them too.

    I think…just my opinion…is that we go through phases and burnouts of certain things. Right now – discussion posts and SM pics are what’s popular. And at some point reviews might make a comeback – or not.

    I think part of it is because at a certain point we were all reviewing the same books. Especially with YA. You just get bored reading reviews for the same books after awhile.

    On the other hand – most people don’t read reviews for books that aren’t popular so I don’t know where we go with that conundrum. lol

    And there are only so many ways to review a book. I know I don’t review as much any more because I’m bored with it. It’s a lot of work and no one seems to care. At this point in blogging, I just do what’s fun for me and hopefully people like it.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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    1. You make such a great point, I guess we go through phases and burn outs, moments where some things are more “hyped” than others and so on and we never know how long that’d last. I am so impressed that you’ve been reviewing for NINE years now, that’s amazing! πŸ˜€

      I guess you’re right that we see all of the same books a lot in YA book blogs, they’re the books of the moment after all, haha… but yeah, on the other hand, people aren’t that fond of reviews with books they have never heard of. That’s SUCH a struggle πŸ˜‚

      I think you have the right attitude here, if reviewing gets a bit boring for you… well, you need to do what is fun for you and not boring after all πŸ˜€ ❀

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this!! ❀ ❀

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  40. I’ll never stop writing reviews. They don’t generate the most hits, but they’re rewarding for me and they’re what pushed me into blogging in the first place. I love having somewhere to just write down all of my thoughts after finishing a book, and if someone gets something out of it then good. If not, I got something out of writing it and putting my thoughts together for myself. I also like them for those few times that it does hit on someone who wants to chat about the book, or your review made the book sound too good to ignore. Maybe it’s only once out of 50 reviews, but it’s still worth it to me.

    Also, I don’t think that reviews are unpopular, I think that readers are more careful. I know plenty of blogs I follow where I don’t read reviews because the book doesn’t interest me, or I don’t want to be spoiled if it does. I do love to read reviews for books I’ve already read because I feel like if we both read and enjoyed the same book, we have a connection. Like visiting someone’s house and seeing your favorite books on their shelves.

    With all that said, I also couldn’t tell you what specific blogs don’t post reviews, because I don’t think they matter in whether or not your a book blogger. There are thousands of ways to be a book blogger and the only real requirement is that you love books. πŸ™‚

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    1. That’s fantastic to know and I’m so happy that reviews feel rewarding to you, that’s amazing! ❀ I agree, it's incredible whenever someone just stops by and you make him/her/them want to read the book, or you can start having a conversation with someone about a book. That's one of the BEST things for sure ❀ ❀
      Agree – it doesn't matter, as long as we love and chat about books, reviews or no reviews πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! ❀

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  41. Love this post! πŸ˜€ Sometimes I don’t write a review for a book if I am not sure what I want to say about it. Sometimes I love a book (or hate a book), but just have no clue where to even begin with what to say about it. Some books are just harder to write reviews for than others, so I tend to just not do it at all and write a little paragraph at the end of the month in my monthly wrap up posts instead. There’s also times where I skip writing a review if it’s an older book that has been out for awhile. Most people probably have already read it, so I don’t review them. These days I mostly stick to really new releases (within the last year) or ARCs.

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    1. Oh yes, some books are so hard to review… sometimes, I don’t even know whyπŸ˜‚ it’s not that they’re bad, it’s just… I feel like I have nothing too interesting to say about it overall? πŸ˜‚
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Ashley! πŸ™‚

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  42. This is really interesting and I too think it has changed over the years. I definitely still think of book bloggers as book reviewers, but you’re right in that not all of them are. It’s a strange concept to get used to. I still write book reviews. I usually post one per week on my blog. For me, I feel like I would lose part of my blogging identity in a way if I were to stop posting reviews. It’s how I started my blog and that was all my blog consisted of in the very beginning until I discovered memes and other types of posts. So, I don’t know that I will ever stop posting reviews as long as I’m blogging!

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    1. That’s wonderful to hear ❀ I really feel like things have changed, but maybe it's just a matter of time before it changes again πŸ˜‚
      I feel the same way as you do, I started by reviewing books and I feel like, right now, I will continue doing so, because it's part of my blog for sure πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment! ❀ ❀

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  43. I personally don’t really review books that much. I’ve posted a couple of bullet-y “reviews”, but that’s the closest I’ve come. I just realized that I don’t always even enjoy reading other people’s traditional reviews, so why would I write them myself. I think reviews just aren’t as fun to read, personally, since most people format them the same. Plus, I’ve realized that when I read reviews, I often go into the book with a biased opinion, which then effects my enjoyment of the book.

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    1. Oh I understand, reading book reviews or just seeing people gushing about one book a lot, can really influence your thoughts on a book sometimes, before even starting it πŸ™‚
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the topic! πŸ˜€

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  44. This is such a great post, Marie! πŸ’— I actually started blogging (back when I wasn’t even doing so on WordPress) because I wanted to write book Reviews, but I quickly got addicted to all bookish memes and book tags, so I always mixed up things a bit πŸ™‚ I personally love writing book reviews (even though they take pretty long, because I can never stop myself once I start), but there are many other great ways to highlight our love for books like you said πŸ™‚ Everyone should do what makes them happy & I personally love reading recommendation posts or lists of favorites as well!

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    1. Oh thank you so much, Caro! ❀ ❀
      I love mixing things up a little bit, too, keep things and blogging interesting for me, too, and hopefully my readers enjoy it haha.
      I LOVE your book reviews and I'm so glad you are writing them, they're briliant all the time ❀ ❀
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ❀ ❀

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  45. I have seen this discussion on Twitter, and while I think there is some merit to the thought that reviews aren’t as popular, I think that it is what your followers are interested in. I think if you are focusing on social media followers, then your posts will be loved by those who love short, fun, and to the point posts. Personally, I have been seeing an increase to my traffic on review posts. I think that it all depends on who your readers are and what they want. Long live the book review! πŸ˜‰

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    1. YES you’re so right about that – I guess it all depends on what our readers like to see on the blog, some have huge success with book reviews, some others just thrive more on bookish memes, etc. I’m so glad it’s workin out well for you and YES long live book reviews πŸ˜€
      Thank you so much!! ❀

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