Today's topic is Why Write Reviews? I saw this topic over at Cristina's blog Girl In The Pages and thought it was the perfect topic for this week when I'm kind of falling behind on reviews! So let's get into it shall we?
When I tell people I've known for a while in real life that I've started a blog and write book reviews, their first question is usually 'what do you get out of it?'. I never really know how to answer that question. Usually I just say it's fun but then they'll respond with 'but so is doing the actual reading and doing anything besides that! Have you ever tried skiing?'. I don't know, maybe I just tell the wrong sort of people but it always seems like non-bookish people don't get what's so great about writing reviews!
The thing is, I spend so much time on my reviews and I've thought several times that I should just review certain books and not every new book I read. But when I look through my Goodreads shelves for recommendations for other people, I like having my review to remind myself what I thought of the book: what was great and what wasn't so great.
Do you write reviews for every book you read?
So that's one reason I guess. Number two would probably be because it just helps me sort out my thoughts. I'm in the higher level English class and we frequently pick apart essays bit by tiny bit. I find that blogging actually helps me with analyzing texts just because I do it unconsciously now every time I read a book.
Do you like analyzing books like you would a classic essay/book?
Other than that... it helps my typing skills? I'm now officially a pro-typer with 83 WPM! I don't know why but this makes me happy :D
Well actually, I write reviews to help other people decide on what to read and to also help authors gain exposure for their books. I always hated when I found a particularly obscure book I wanted to read but there were no reviews so I couldn't tell if I should just buy it or not... I don't want that to happen to anyone else so I'm sort of on a mission to review as many books as possible (as you can probably tell by my crazy overflowing currently reading shelf). As for helping authors, I realize how incredibly difficult it is to get your book recognized in the bookish community, especially if you're self-published. I hope to help those authors get some opinions on their books and let other people know that their book exists! It's always enjoyable to find hidden gems in the indie pile!
Why do you write reviews? Have you given up on writing reviews?