Books are wonderful things. I love reading them, I love writing them, I love enthusing about books, and over time I’ve grown to love reviewing books, too, which I do with other YA-loving friends on the Paisley Piranha site, as well as posting to Goodreads and Amazon.
I read an interesting piece this week (Jenny in Neverland’s blog) about how much work goes into a book review, and she finished up stating why she reviews when it takes time and effort.
It’s that part I want to focus on now – why I review when I could use the time writing and posting a review to start the next book on my ever-enormous TBR pile.
The first reason is because I love books and I love to share that enthusiasm. There are few sensations finer than chatting with someone who clearly enjoys your kind of books and being able to say, “Oh, if you like X, you should try Y, I know you’ll love their books.” Posting a review makes that kind of conversation more permanent – someone who’s been pointed to a book you liked once can come back to find other recommendations they might enjoy.
Secondly, it helps authors, and I want to help authors because they’re the people who write the books I love so much. There are so many books published these days that finding something you love can be like searching for the proverbial needle: how come I’ve got nothing to read when there are millions of books out there? And the writers I already know never seem to write fast enough. By reviewing a book I’ve loved I can add my voice to that of other fans and (hopefully) help the author become a bit better known so they can keep on writing.
And thirdly, as a writer, reviewing helps me develop my writing skills. Knowing that I’m going to review a book makes me read it a little bit more critically – with half an eye on technique rather than purely enjoyment. A review can’t just say, “I liked it/didn’t like it,” – to be helpful to other readers there has to be a ‘why’. And thinking through that ‘why’ enables me to pinpoint techniques that I can use to improve my own writing.
So that’s me – why do you review or not review the books you read? Leave me a comment; I love to hear other views.
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Loving this, Katy – and I have just read Jenny’s post too! I have always reviewed books once I’d read them but until recently it was often only about one a month because I was too busy writing, and I’d just shove a couple of paragraphs up on Amazon and Goodreads. But then I decided to have a dedicated reading month to crack the to-read list, read 25 books in a month, and decided to start my review blog, too – which led to my reviewing for Rosie Amber’s book blog too (if you would like to offer yor services I am sure she’d be delighted to have you – you only have to read one book a month!). I feel EXACTLY the same way about it as you do – the main reason I started the blog was so I could post my reviews on blog hashtag days too; stops me physically shaking people and saying “look, you HAVE to read this book, it’s brilliant!!!”
If you’re interested in reviewing for Rosie too, do let me or her know – she’s @rosieamber1. There are always loads to choose from, plenty of YA, too!
Thanks for commenting, Terry. I’ll think about Rosie’s reviews as I’m lucky and get to read a lot!
Deadlands is on my TBR pile due to your review!
Oh, brilliant! I am DETERMINED to get that book ‘out there’ a bit – isn’t it great when somene says “I bought that because of your review”??
Here is a post I wrote back in November about becoming a Rosie reviewer: http://terrytyler59.blogspot.co.uk/2014_11_01_archive.html
Thank you for linking to my blog! Great post 🙂 xo
Thanks for popping over, Jenny. Booky people are the best!