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Rants & Rambles is a weekly feature where I share my own personal thoughts and opinions about both bookish and blogging related topics. As stated, these are MY OWN opinions and while you can choose to disagree with it, I hope that you at least respect it.
This week on Rants & Rambles I want to discuss:
As book bloggers, our main focus is to read and review books. We help to spread the word about upcoming releases. We recommend books that enjoy, as well as warn others of books that were not so hot.We are are CERTIFIED BOOK PUSHERS!
But with that being said, I have a slight confession to make: I DON’T ACTUALLY READ BOOK REVIEWS.
Well, I don’t usually read them. The only time I will actually read a book review is for books I have already read, and even then I don’t always read them because I don’t want my reading experience for that book to be influenced by someone else’s opinions. Even if a person loved a book as much as I did, they may have loved it for different reason and I don’t want that to affect my own reading experience.
Another thing is that I don’t trust ARC reviews. I USED to trust them, but I’ve been badly burned one too many times by ARC reviews. Sometimes I even wonder how honest they really are, but that’s a discussion for another time. I sound like a bit of a hypocrite since I too review ARCs, but honestly guys, my reviews suck. Half the time they are just word vomit and I am always surprised that anyone reads them in the first place!
What I’m really trying to get at with this post, is how relevant are reviews in the book community today? Have we as bloggers become tired of reading them? When looking at the numbers, reviews don’t seem to be trending. For me, reviews typically get the least amount of activity. Compared to discussion posts, tags, and memes, reviews don’t generate the high number of views or comments like I see with other types of post. So how useful are reviews then if no one is really reading them? How much of an influence do we REALLY have when one is deciding whether or not to pick up a particular book?
I don’t really have a solid answer for my own question, but when it comes to the book community, I do feel that reviews are starting to lose their touch. I’ve seen how-to’s on how to ‘spice up’ your reviews, but how EFFECTIVE are they really? I think the problem is that many of us are already ‘in-the-know’ when it comes to upcoming releases, so we are able form our own opinions and therefore choose not to read review posts.
For the most part, I think reviews are a great marketing tool to help spread the word about new books, but among us bloggers, the appeal is starting to lack. But that necessarily doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Change can be a good thing and I’ve always felt that book blogging is more than just writing reviews and promoting works!
I’m not sure if this discussion even makes any sort of sense, I never said I was good at this sort of thing! Personally for me, book blogging has always been my creative outlet. I do it as a hobby and the thing I love most about it are NOT the ‘perks’ of getting free books and ARCs, but rather the amazing friendships I’ve gained so far and that sounds like a pretty darn good perk to me!
That is all for this week’s Rants & Rambles. I hope you enjoyed my random thoughts!
How often do you read reviews? Do you think reviews are becoming less popular in the book blogging community?
Let me know in the comments!