I’ve been a part of this bookish community since the beginning of the year, and an active part of it since May. And I absolutely love it! But there’s one thing that I’ve noticed:
Book reviews get a considerably less amount of views than book tags or other posts.
The booking community, here on WordPress, as well as other platforms, is about sharing your love for books and your thoughts on them. So why do we find ourselves reading posts about tags or aesthetics more often than an actual book review?
WELL, I’m not a specialist (clearly), but I have some ideas.
First off, I personally find myself most commonly reading book reviews for books that I’ve either already read, or have heard of. This kind of puts a niche in reading reviews because I’ve found that a lot of book bloggers, much like myself, review ARCs and requests from authors. This means that the book is likely largely unheard of, or hasn’t been given a super duper amount of attention yet. I’m guilty of skipping over some of these reviews, too. I usually read the preview of a post and if I catch myself thinking, “That doesn’t look like something I’ll be reading anytime soon”, I usually just skip over the post because… who needs to read thoughts and opinions on a book that you’re not interested in checking out?
That whole paragraph just sounds so awful 😦 But I have to be honest with myself, and so do you, because I know I am not the only one guilty of this. This is literally a reason why book reviews don’t get as much attention!!! There have to be others who do this as well, even if we don’t realize we’re doing it.
I also think that us book lovers like to read tags because we get to hear about more than one book at a time. You’re almost guaranteed to know of at least one book that the poster is referencing, and you often get links to new books, pictures of beautiful covers, and discussions about things you might not have otherwise thought about. It’s a really fun and communicative way to discuss several books all at once. We all love a fun tag now and then!
But with all of this being said, I think that we have to remember our beloved reviews. I don’t know about you guys, but I came here from GoodReads to find a place where I could archive all of my reviews, be creative, and get to talk to other book lovers about books (I think that GoodReads is a great place for some of this as well, but I find that communication between less popular accounts who don’t have titles in top reviewers sometimes have a harder time getting to talk to a lot of other bibliophiles). With this in mind, I think it’s important that we keep our reviews alive. I absolutely love doing tags and have no intention of stopping 1) writing them or 2) reading them when others post. But I am pledging now to start reading more reviews, even when I’m not familiar with the book. Supporting our fellow reviewers is one of the greatest things about this community (the support is so wonderful, truly) and it’s also beneficial to us! Sometimes I forget that this can be a really easy way to be introduced to a fun new book, so I should really stop being so snobby.
Anyone else willing to take this pledge with me? Let’s keep talking about what we love in books and what we hate. Let’s keep our reviews alive. 🙂
Update (Only like 10 minutes after posting): After committing to reading more book reviews about books I have not yet heard of, I think I will make a post at a later time listing some of the books I can across that I now want to check out! I think it would be a cool way to show myself how much I actually gained from reading more reviews and supporting my fellow reviewers. I invite you guys to join in as well 🙂