I was planning on writing a book review today. I haven’t written one in ages and in between all of those recipes I’ve posted recently, I figured it was high time for another review. So, I looked through the books on my “Read” shelf on Goodreads to find the perfect book to write a review about. But… I couldn’t really find one. I’ve had plenty of interesting reads recently, so that’s not the issue. I also haven’t been in a reading slump, so that can’t be it either. What is it that made me go “meh” about writing reviews on these books?
Book reviews have been a highly discussed phenomenon in the book blogging world for as long as I can remember. They’re a staple of the book blog – it’s basically what keeps us all going, right? If not for the book review, what would we all write about? I know I couldn’t fill an entire book blog with discussion posts – I don’t have that much to discuss. I think that when most people think “book blog”, they think “book review”. When I tell people what my blog is about, I say “book reviews and recipes, basically”.
And yet it’s been a while since I wrote a review. I used to write a ton of them (then again, I used to post two times a week…). But I always noticed that my reviews got fewer comments and likes than my other posts. Of course, it’s not all about the likes and the comments – I know that. I write what I like, not what I think other people will like, but nevertheless, it is nice if other people read my stuff. I always like to chat with people in the comments. The interaction is what makes blogging so much fun, after all. Otherwise, I could just sit and talk to a wall or something.
I guess that’s what writing book reviews feels like sometimes; talking to a wall. This has more to do with my own blog-reading habits, though. Confession: I hardly read any book reviews. The only reviews I read are of books I’ve already read and books I already planned on reading anyway. If everyone reads as few reviews as I do, hardly any of them would get read at all. Do you get where I’m going? I don’t read many book reviews (anymore), so I don’t really feel like writing that many either.
It’s not that I really don’t enjoy writing book reviews. They can be fun to write and they’re much more intellectually satisfying to write (for me) than recipes, for example. I like putting my thoughts and opinions out there. I just sometimes wonder if it is any use. Do people still read reviews on book blogs?
I highly doubt whether this post makes any sense at all, but I just wanted to spew my thoughts, which are many and incoherent. Do I want to stop writing book reviews altogether? Definitely not. But I do think I need to make it a little bit more fun for myself again. I’ve already gone and did that a little by taking a certain specific approach in some of my more recent reviews, like these ones:
- Turtles All the Way Down and the Importance of #ownvoices
- 6 Reasons Why Illuminae Surprised Me
- What I Learned about the War from a Children’s Book: The Secret of the Blue Glass
- Why How To Be a Heroine by Samantha Ellis Is the Perfect Book for Female Bookworms
Just coming up with good, eye-catching titles made writing these reviews more fun for me already. I think I want to keep going with this way of writing reviews; picking one angle and going with that. By doing that, I am making things more difficult for myself, though. There are some books that I simply loved without there being a specific angle. I do want to mention those books on here, but do I want to devote an entire post to them? I’m not sure.
As you can see, I’m still searching for what I want with all of this. I feel like I need to do something to make blogging easier again for myself. Today I spent way too long trying to figure out which of my recent reads I should write a review on, just because I thought I should write a review. Normally, I would’ve either pushed through and written a review that would probably have been mediocre at best or I wouldn’t have written any post at all. But today I decided to just make a post out of the entire experience and that’s been way more fun and satisfying! And that’s what it’s all about, after all.
I’ve drifted away from the title of this post a little, but my question does still stand. What are your opinions on book reviews? Yay or nay? Do you like to read them? Do you like to write them? I would love to know! Let’s chat in the comments!