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On book blogs it is quite normal to see review posts, but lately I’ve also seen some bloggers decide not to review books. And I think that reviewing books should be a choice indeed. I love reviewing books and wouldn’t dream of stopping reviewing. But as valid as the question is why some bloggers don’t review, I think why people do review is just as a valid of a question. So I decided to talk about reviewing and why I review books
How I started reviewing books
A few years ago when I started reading more english books I bought most of my books at bol.com a dutch site that’s a bit like amazon in how it sells books, but also lots of other products. They are also branching out to other countries in europe, but their company started in the netherlands. Back then every month you could win a gift card if you posted reviews on their site, so I decided to give it a try and reviewed a few of the books I read. I realized I enjoyed reviews, so I started writing reviews sporadically. I reviewed some, but not all books that I read. Before that I only had experience with the summary like reviews I had to write for literature during high school and I hated that, but I found out that reviewing books in my own way and with books I wasn’t forced to read was fun. Then I found goodreads and decided to write my reviews there, I think around then I stopepd reviewing on bol.com although I am not really sure why. Eventually I started reviewing every book I read, I received a few review copies and even joined a book blog as co-blogger and in december 2012 I started my own blog Lola’s Reviews.
Why I review books
- Because I like reviewing books. I think this is probably my number 1 reason why I review books, simply because I enjoy writing reviews. If I had given reviewing a try and didn’t like it I doubt I would’ve continued after those first few reviews. But I did like it, so I kept writing reviews. I always have enjoyed writing and I think that in part is probably also why I enjoy blogging and writing reviews.
- Because reviewing helps me order my thoughts about a book. For me writing my review helps me get my thoughts in order about a book. I often have thoughts swirling around when reading, but when writing my review I often realize which points where really important. Not all thoughts and points make it to my review and that’s okay as I feel that this way my review only contains those thoughts that stayed with me and are important enough to mention in my reviews. Often writing my review can surprise me. I have had a few reviews where I couldn’t decide on a rating and starting writing my review first and often then realize what I really thoughts of a book. Sometimes it’s more positive and sometimes more negative than I thought, but writing a review sure can be insightfull for me as well.
- Because it is a way to express myself and share my opinion. Writing reviews is a way to express my opinion about the books I read and share that opinion with others. I like sharign my opinion about things I read and it’s a way to express my thoughts and emotions about a book. I also find it interesting to hear what other people think of my review or what they think of a book if they read t themselves as well.
- Because it’s part of my reading process. It doesn’t feel like I really finished a book until I have written my review about it. Reviewing has become part of my reading process and I can’t imagine reading a book anymore without reviewing it. I also like wrapping up reading a book by reviewing it. It’s like my mind is filled with that book until I write my review and then that book is truly finished and I can start a new book.
- Because I have a book blog. I like having a variety of posts on my blog and reviews are one of them. Even if I didn’t have a blog I probably would write reviews, I think it’s more that I started a blog because I was already writing reviews. but nowadays having a blog is also part of the reason why I write reviews. I write reviews so I can post them on my blog and share them with the world.
- Because I receive review copies. I receive review copies, which means I get a book with the intent to review it. And that’s also part of the reason I review. Ofcourse this doesn’t apply to all books and this is also a bit of a circle reasoning and the reason why I receive review copies is because I review books.
- Because I can help others decide if a book is for them. This is such an amazing part of being a reviewer, being able to help other decide whether or not to read a book. I don’t think there is a bigger compliment than hearing your review helped another reader decide whether to read a book. This is also one of the reasons I like reading other people their reviews, they are very helpfull when deciding if a book is for me or not. And I encounter books I might not have otherwise.
- Because I can help spread the word about books. I like spreading the word about books I read and writing reviews for books I read is one way to do that. When I enjoyed a book I want others to hear about it so they might read it if they like the sound of the book.
- Because I can help authors by reviewing their books. I have met some awesome authors while reviewing and blogging and it’s nice to be able to do something back. It’s nice to feel helpfull when writing reviews and knowing it’s a big help to the author. That never stopped me from writing honest review, but I still think it’s part of the reason for reviewing. If no one would read my reviews and they wouldn’t help others, part of the reason for writing them falls away.
So to sum it up I write my reviews both for myself and for others, other readers and authors. Even though there are many reasons why I write reviews, the most important one is still that I enjoy it and for myself. If I didn’t enjoy writing reviews I never would’ve continued and even though there are more reasons nowadays why I reviews books, that one is still the most important one.