Why I Don’t Write Book Reviews


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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.

Tracking Your Reading

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I know most people on here at least keep a list of books they’ve read. But I think I might take tracking my reading a step further. Or ten.

I began tracking my reading back in 2010 by simply listing out the books I read in a Word document along with the date I finished the book. Nothing too sophisticated. But eventually that grew into something more at the start of 2012. I started using Excel spreadsheets to better keep track my reading during each season. Not only would the book and date be recorded, but also the amount of time it took for me to read the book, the book’s page count, and the book’s series. It is because of this information that I know I read more than ten full days in 2012. I know there are people reading a whole lot more than that, but that’s a fairly significant amount of time if you ask me.

Now I generally have a Word document and an Excel spreadsheet for each season of every year. At the end of the year I combine all of the books into a single spreadsheet and take a look at when I had long periods of no reading and how many books by particular authors I read and more. I also of course have my What I’m Reading page on here that also lists the books I’ve finished.

I know Goodreads is an easy way to track your reading, but I don’t use it much. But what about you, how do you go about keeping track of your reading?

The June Bug of Blogging


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Seriously, could I have come up with a worse title for this post? Don’t think so.

Anyway, this is my monthly recap in which I discuss the previous month’s posts and interactions with you guys. June was a bit of a let down. In March, April, and May I’d set records pretty much across the board for everything on here, but in June I didn’t set any. It was the first month of 2014 in which I did not improve on the previous month’s record of site views. Don’t go yelling at me that site views are not what blogging is about because I already know this. This month was just a little more work than usual is all I’m saying. Okay. Let’s see what I did. My monthly record will be in parenthesis next to what I did in June.

Posts: 22 (26)

Likes: 523 (584)

Comments: 1624 (2121)

New followers: 289 (511)

You see, no records were in any danger of being broken, but eh it happens that way sometimes. Maybe I need to come up with some better material? Or maybe I should just make this a food blog? Or maybe you guys need to open your eyes? Just kidding. A little.

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