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I’ve seen mentions around the blogosphere about how reviews aren’t their most popular posts. So that got me thinking about reviews and review posts. I really enjoy writing reviews and also enjoy reading review posts. I also like other type of posts, but also read a lot of review posts. It usually just depends which post catches my eye and why or when I comment back I pick out a recent post on that blog that catches my eye or sometimes just the one the commenter links to. Overall I would say a good chunk of the posts I read each week are reviews and I enjoy reading them. So wanted to talk about why I enjoy reading reviews and what do I like to see in review posts?
Why I enjoy reading reviews?
- Comparing opinions. I enjoy reading reviews for books I’ve already read, although from all the reviews I read on a weekly basis those are in the minority. In the case of reading a review for a book I also read I like to see what the reviewer thought of that book and seeing on which points we agree or disagree. It also makes it easier to comment on the post as I’ve actually read the book myself as well and can share my experiences and thoughts on the book.
- Fun to read. In general I enjoy reading reviews. It’s always fun to hear what someone thought of a book/ products etc and why. Overall I enjoy reading reviews. I do usually prefer to read reviews either by a blogger/ reviewer that I know and/or follow or for books that I’ve heard of/ am curious about or plan to read or have read myself. So I have some sort of connection with either the blogger, authors or book.
- Like to know why a reviewer did or didn’t enjoy a book. One of the reasons why I enjoy reading reviews is because they show me what a reviewer thought of a book. Not only do I enjoy hearing the opinion of a fellow blogger/ reviewer, but I also like knowing what they did and didn’t enjoy the book and it might even give me the feeling I understand them more and what they like seeing in books. Even when it’s a book I don’t plan to read, it can still give me something to talk about and I like hearing what people like and don’t like to see in books.
- Getting a feel for the book. No matter if I plan to read the book or not I like to get a feel for the book. Most of the books I’ve read reviews for I eventually form some sort of image/ feel for in my head what it’s about and/ or good and bad points. I like knowing a bit about a book and forming an image about it.
- Helping decide whether I want to read the book or not. A review can help me decide whether I want to read a book or not. When a reviewer mentions things in their review that I like seeing in books there is a higher chance I might read it or add it to my to-read list. And the more reviews I read the higher that change gets. But reading different reviews for the same book can also give me a more balanced view of what to expect of a book and help me make a better guess of whether I will enjoy it or not.
- Hear about new books/ authors. Reading reviews gives me a way to discover new books or new to me author. Thanks to other reviewers and bloggers I’ve come into contact with books or authors I might not have found else.
Which reviews do I read?
When it comes to reviews I am not really picky about the style of the review or how the reviewer formats their posts. I like seeing different styles or ways of reviewing books. Although I often do need some sort of connection with either the book, the author or the reviewer/ blogger as else I simply won’t find their review. Usually after I’ve read a book and written my review I like to check out reviews from other people on Goodreads, so I might look specifically for reviews for that book then. In general reviews for books I’ve recently read are more likely to catch my eye when on social media or strolling through my feed. In the case of authors, reviews for books from whom I know the author or have heard of the author might be more likely to get my attention. Bloggers their reviews that I know or follow are more likely to catch my attention, simply because I know that blogger and often like them and/ or their style of reviews. Also when a blogger comments on my blog, I will usually try and comment back on them and regularly I will comment on review posts through that as well. So those three ways are often ways that I find the reviews that I read. I general I like reading reviews for books I’ve read myself, books I consider reading, books on my to-read list and even reviews for books I don’t plan to read. It’s just that I enjoy them for different reasons.