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The most common type of post you’ll find from so called book bloggers is book reviews. You’ll also notice that I never write such posts. There’s a reason for this, several actually. Let’s begin.
The easiest of my reasons for not writing book reviews on this blog is that, quite frankly, they’re boring to read. I mean, the only book reviews I’ll ever even consider reading on other blogs are of books I’ve actually read. I don’t care about this book tour or that obscure title you think should be more popular than it is or any book I’m not interested in. The only reviews I can recall reading on here were for The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and any of the books starring Katniss. That’s all. And I get really annoyed when I follow a blog that proceeds to post book review after book review after book review. I just unfollow and get on my merry way.
The second reason besides them being boring to read is that they’re boring to write. I’ve admitted to writing a couple of my blog posts in a rush, but writing book reviews is about as interesting as nothing. I mean, here you are spending way too much time writing a detailed and informative book review that very few people will read. Why? Because I think many people are like myself and would rather read reviews on Amazon or Goodreads or not at all.
My last reason will be obvious to those of you who frequent my little piece of the Internet. To review books, to me, is to either recommend them or to dissuade my reader from taking a chance on the book. Because if I give a book a rating of four or five stars then that is no different from my saying “I think this is a good book that you would enjoy reading.” If I give it a rating of one or two stars then that’s the same as my saying it was awful. And you guys should know by now that I don’t recommend books. Ever.
Bonus reason, I hate to have to talk about the book’s story. If you’ve read any of my posts about the books on the Amazon list, then you’ll know that I very, very briefly hit on the high points of the story before I get into my thoughts. And by no means do I consider those book reviews. Mostly just rambling.
BUT against my better judgment I’ll ask you why you do or don’t post book reviews on your blog. And if yours is one of those blogs that strictly posts reviews, well I’m not asking you. This is for bloggers like myself who post about writing and reading and publishing and literally anything there is to post about books.