Discussion Time: Why Are Reviews So Hard to Write and So Unpopular in the Blogging Community?

Book review are the main part of being a book blogger, and for most of us they’re probably connected in some way to the reason why we started blogging. I started blogging so I could talk to other people about the books I loved, and the best way to do that is through book reviews, but of all the posts people publish on their sites book reviews have the least traffic.

They’re also hard to write. If you’re anything like me you’ll leave your reviews to the very last minute when drafting new posts; you’ll write book tags, discussions and weekly memes first, or comment and blog hop before finally opening that blank document to write a review. Then before you know it your un-reviewed books have piled up and there’s a whole list you need to get through.

Why Are Reviews So Hard to Write and So Unpopular in the Blogging Community

Why Are Reviews So Hard to Write and So Unpopular in the Blogging Community?

Not all reviews are hard for me to write. When it comes to books I’ve hated I find it all too easy, but the challenge then becomes cutting my review down from a five page rant on everything I didn’t like to something more constructive I can actually post.

I flew through my reviews for The One Memory of Flora Banks and The Truth and Lies of Ella Black because I hated them, but even the books which get three or four stars from me aren’t that much of a challenge to write. I think because there’s more to my thoughts on those books than just an endless gushing amount of praise on how amazing they were.

Emily Barr

The real issue I have with reviews tends to be when I love a book, and if you look at my average rating on Goodreads you’ll see that happens more often than not. I feel like the more I love a book the more pressure there is to write a review that fully expresses how I felt so I can convince others to pick it up.

This summer I read Circe, and it’s in the running for my best book of the year that’s how amazing it was, but I was at a loss for how to express that in my review. I sat staring at a blank word document for maybe ten minutes before finally typing something, and it took me well over an hour and a half to come up with a review I thought was good enough to post (normally writing reviews takes may half an hour-forty five minutes).

Circe


It’s a lot of work writing review for not a lot of traffic, so of all the posts we publish why are they so unpopular? For me there are a couple of reasons, and the first is hyped releases.

When it comes to the books I can’t wait for, especially sequels, I want to go in blind so I will avoid all reviews and all mentions of said book until I can pick it up myself. Strange the Dreamer was one of my most anticipated releases of last year, and in the run up to its release there were so many people talking about it and so many ARC reviews that it seemed to be everywhere I looked. I pretty much had to avoid my whole Readers feed on WordPress until I read the book myself, even though I knew most of those reviews would be spoiler free, and it was the same story when Muse of Nightmares was released.

Strange the Dreamer Duology

This ties in with my other reason as well; if people see the cover or read the blurb and think this is a book they’ll want to read they may avoid reviews to form their own opinions rather than mirroring someone else’s. Or it could be the other way around; if they see the cover or read the blurb and think this is a book they’ll never be interested in is there any point reading a review for it?


That’s not to say I’m going to stop writing reviews, or that I think anyone else should. I may have avoided all mentions of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares in the run up to, and immediately after, their release dates but there’s so much more I discovered thanks to reviews; favourite series I only gave a chance because I saw a glowing review for the first book, and genres I love which I never would have discovered if it hadn’t been for the five-star reviews I read.


Now Onto the Discussion Part of This Post:

Do you struggle with writing reviews?

Are you like me in that you fly through the negative reviews but get stumped on the positive ones, or is it the other way around for you?

Do you read reviews for the hyped releases you can’t wait for before you’ve read them, or do you prefer to go in blind?

What is the best book/series/genre you’ve discovered thanks to someone’s review?

Let me know in the comments below.

93 thoughts on “Discussion Time: Why Are Reviews So Hard to Write and So Unpopular in the Blogging Community?

  1. Wow, this is such an amazing post! Sorry I’m so late to reading and commenting on it.๐Ÿ™ˆI completely agree with you, I often don’t write reviews because a) I don’t know what to say because it’s just too good or b) I already know it isn’t going to get the same stats as another post would. And like you said, I don’t usually want to read reviews as much as I want to read other posts, because unless I’ve read the book, sometimes I just don’t understand what the review is saying or I don’t want to spoilers.

    Reviews are a slippery slope, but I’ll probably always write them anyway…great post again, and happy new year!

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    1. Thanks so much, and oh I don’t think there’s any such thing as being too late to read and/or comment (not in this case where I’m seriously behind on blogging and commenting myself!)
      Yeah it’s like as bloggers we’re all aware reviews don’t get as much traffic but it never leads to us checking out more reviews. I think for most people it’s either not being interested in the book being reviewed or not wanting to be spoiled for a book that’s still on our TBR lists.
      Same here, now I just need to catch up and write the reviews I still have on my backlog. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much, and I hope you had a good new year too. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  2. What an amazing discussion post! I feel this so much, as I always have trouble writing Reviews for books that I really loved, because usually I’m like “I just loved this SO much” and then I’m just rambling and gushing ๐Ÿ˜… Some Reviews do get some decent interaction, but it also seems to depend on how popular the book is at the time for posting it!

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  3. Yeah I definitely agree that reviews are hard to write and receive the least traffic. Sometimes I do find it easier if I have strong opinions too- but then at the same time I still fret about getting it right. I so relate to struggling to express things in a review- and really relate to your struggle for reviewing Circe. That book was so perfect- how does one ever do it justice?! And yeah for books I’m really anticipating I want to go in blind as well- so I try to avoid the initial reviews as well (after I’ve read it though, I’ll be obsessed with reviews ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) hehe it definitely does feel paradoxical, since a lot of the time it was the rave reviews that got me to start series I ended up obsessing over (and waiting to read reviews for) are thanks to reading reviews!
    Awesome discussion post! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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    1. Thatโ€™s the thing with having strong opinions, if theyโ€™re positive you want to do right by the book but if theyโ€™re negative you worry about offending someone who loved the book. At least thatโ€™s how itโ€™s always been for me. I feel like my review for Circe could have just been me screaming over and over how much I loved that book and it wouldnโ€™t have been enough to express how I felt about it! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I get what you mean. I guess sometimes just seeing a book featured over and over again can kick-start the excitement and hype without needing to do more than skim the reviews. Or I just read one review, see said book featured over and over again, and thatโ€™s it! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  4. I might be on the minority here, I love writing reviews and they are the reason I started blogging. But seeing the poor response they gather, I have reduced posting reviews to just once a week. Sigh but I understand why they may be hard for others.

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    1. Oh that sucks. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Especially if writing reviews is your favourite part of blogging and what made you start a blog in the first place. It just seems to be the way it is though, and yeah this review slump Iโ€™m in isnโ€™t helping matters at all. :/

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  5. Ahhh definitely a great discussion post, as always! Reviews are definitely some of the least popular posts we can make and I think it also has to do with the interest of the readers for said books and the writing style of whoever is writing the review too! I know I wouldn’t stop writing them even if everyone stopped reading them since I do reviews for myself before anything else! ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. Thanks so much Lashaan. ๐Ÿ™‚ Yeah thatโ€™s what I thought, I will always check out peoples tag and weekly feature posts but unless the book is one I know I want to read or I know will interest me I normally pass the reviews by. Exactly, Iโ€™ll never stop writing reviews either. Plus thereโ€™s always one or two people whoโ€™ll read them, itโ€™s just never as much as other posts we publish. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I use to be so good and on top of writing at least 3-4 reviews a week on my older book blog but since I started over I’ve had such a hard time writing reviews! Like if it’s not just me not being in the mood it’s me not really knowing what to say! Like obviously there’s some things I liked and disliked but books where I don’t had any feelings or real strong opinions towards are always the hardest to write!

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    1. I feel like reviews are one of those things we have to take as they come. If you’re not in the mood to write any then there’s no point forcing yourself because that’s just not the right way and I feel like readers can tell. Plus yeah with books that are neither bad nor good it can be hard to be motivated when it comes to reviewing them can’t it?

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  7. Writing reviews can really be hard sometimes. When I love a book I want to express all my feelings for it, but most of the time I can’t find the right words. And then when I can’t find anything to critique I feel as if I hadn’t read it critically enough. I always find it easier to write a negative reviews. ๐Ÿ˜€
    And yeah, reviews are the posts that get the least amount of views. I get why that is, but it’s always a bit disappointing as you do put a lot of work in them. For me I never plan on stopping writing reviews. As much as I write them to share my thoughts with other people, I also write them for me – so that I can see what exactly I thought about a book in the future. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great discussion Beth! โค

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    1. See when it comes to books Iโ€™ve loved Iโ€™ve never really thought I need to be more critical of them, but when Iโ€™ve read books I havenโ€™t enjoyed I have felt Iโ€™ve needed to find something I enjoyed about it, even if itโ€™s just something small.
      No I donโ€™t think anyone on here will ever stop writing reviews (and I certainly hope they donโ€™t because Iโ€™ve found some amazing books thanks to them) but yeah I get what you mean about it being disheartening sometimes. Still, weโ€™ve just gotta keep writing I think. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  8. Great discussion post!
    I love writing reviews, actually it’s 90% of my blog. I prefer writing reviews over doing blog tags or any other type of post. I usually save those for when I’ll be on vacation or when I’m slammed for time since they’re fun and easy to put together. Reviews though are the meat of my blog and I’m okay with that. You’re totally right though, they get the least amount of traffic so of course my blog is very slowly growing, but I don’t really care because writing about/discussing books is the whole reason why I started a blog in the first place.

    I’m a bit of an oddball I guess because I only read reviews for books I am interested in or on the fence about. I don’t bother if I’m not interested. I usually read reviews to decide if I want to read a particular book after all because I never trust hype. Not anymore lol. So even if I’m really excited about a book I’ll read a few spoiler-free reviews to get a better sense of the story and decide if I still want to read it regardless of the blogger’s opinion (sometimes I purposely read bad reviews just to see why they didn’t like it and sometimes what they didn’t like isn’t something that would bother me so I go ahead and keep the book on my to-read list).

    Tying in the reading reviews and low traffic situation… I actually almost never read fun posts, only review posts haha so I really must be an odd one! I’m just not as absorbed by the blogosphere as others I guess.

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    1. Thanks so much Angela. ๐Ÿ™‚ If that’s what you enjoy and it’s growing your blog then it doesn’t really matter how fast/slow it is right? As long as it works for you. I do a mixture of tags and weekly features and reviews and discussion posts just because I like the variety, I don’t want there to be too much of one thing on my blog but when it comes to time and convenience I will lean more on the posts like tags which are quicker for me to churn out.
      If you never trust hype I suppose you’re never disappointed, and I suppose if you only read reviews for books your interested in it must mean you have a good sense as to what books you’ll end up enjoying. No point bothering with a review for a book you know you won’t like.
      Yeah, when it comes to reviews I’m spoiler free all the way (unless I’ve already read the book in question in which case I won’t mind a spoiler-y review.)
      That’s not a bad thing, and if your blog is mostly reviews I suppose that;s where your interests are rather than tags and the like. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I totally agree with you! It happens the same to me when I write a review about a book I love, because struggle to put into words all my feelings and I cannot seem to express rhem, whereas when I didnโ€™t like a book all thise thoughts come โ€œnaturallyโ€ to me.

    Also I donโ€™t tend to read reviews about books that Iโ€™m super excited to read or that are sequels, because I want to go blind and form my own opinion, so I tend to read them after I finish that book. However, if Iโ€™m on the fence about a certain title, I tend to read reviews just to see what people thought about it๐Ÿ™‚.

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    1. I feel like a lot of the time my reviews for books I’ve loved have edged too far into the simple gushing side of things. ๐Ÿ™‚ But yeah based on the comments I think we’re all the same, it’s easier to find the words when we’re ranting about books than at any other time.
      I’m exactly the same, plus I feel like anything in reviews for my highly anticipated books is akin to a spoiler, sometimes I won’t do more than skim read the blurb! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. It’s funny because I was literally just thinking about this today. I don’t write any reviews on my blog or on Goodreads because I find it really hard to comment in depth without giving spoilers, and I don’t want to spoil books for other people. I do write some mini-reviews (point-form notes at least) for myself about each book I read in the year though so I have something to use in case I mention them in blog posts, but I find it really hard to write reviews in general. I find it nearly impossible not to be repetitive (and the word I tend to overuse most is “interesting”).

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    1. I’m not sure what words I overuse, probably words like brilliant and amazing (if I’m writing a positive review that is) but yeah I get what you mean because sometimes there can be a very fine line between spoiler reviews and non spoiler reviews. A lot of people have talked about notes and bullet point reviews of the sort in the comments. It’s making me think I should do the same for the books I read. May help me write my reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. Hey Beth ๐Ÿ˜€
    Great discussion post!!! I absolutely relate to you haha. It is very easy for me to write reviews for books that I dislike because I can find an endless list of reasons why I don’t like them haha. However for some reason it is much harder to write reviews for books that I do like! Glad that I’m not the only one who feels this way ๐Ÿ™‚
    One thing that I find helps is to write the book review right after I finish reading the book, so that it is still fresh in my mind! Usually I open up a note document on my phone and scribble down my thoughts. I find that if I wait even a week after I finish a book, I will have forgotten about some of the details, and also I wouldn’t feel as strongly about the book as I had when I first finished reading it!
    I also tend to avoid reading reviews of books that I am planning to read. However I do read reviews about books that I am curious about or on the fence about reading, because it will affect my decision to read the book ๐Ÿ™‚
    Great post โค

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    1. Thanks so much Sophie. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค
      You're definitely not alone there. It seems like everyone who commented (and likely everyone who reviews books) feels the same way. At least we know we're in the same boat though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I mean, it's not like I want to read more bad books, I just want the reviews I write for the books I love to be as easy as the reviews for the books I didn't love. ๐Ÿ™‚
      See a lot of people have mentioned notes, I think most people have said they write notes while reading but maybe writing notes as soon as I finish a book could work in it's place. I have a backlog of reviews to get through (about three months of books worth (which isn't too bad when you consider all I didn't read in November)) so anything to make the process easier going forwards will be appreciated! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Yeah, I'm the same, if I avoided all reviews I'd never pick up any books. As it is there are only a few books I avoid reviews for simply because I can't wait for them and want to form my own opinions off the bat.
      Thanks Sophie. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. Yes jotting down notes really help for me! When I am ready to sit down and write my blog post, I just copy and paste from my notes and fix any spelling/grammar mistakes and smooth out sentences haha. It helps to reduce the amount of time I spend working on review posts ๐Ÿ™‚
        I also stopped caring as much about how long my reviews are. If I don’t have much to say about a book, I’ll just write out my key points and make it a mini-review haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Iโ€™ll definitely be trying that then, anything that cuts down on the amount of time it takes to write reviews and anything to make the process easier! ๐Ÿ™‚
        I feel like the more youโ€™ve been blogging the less you care about things like the length of the reviews and stuff. As long as you get down all you want to say it doesnโ€™t matter how long/short it is. โค๏ธ

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      3. Haha yes ๐Ÿ™‚ I remember my first review took the longest time since I wanted to get it just right! Now I just write what I want to write haha. I think you’re right that the longer we blog, the more we get used to things and I guess find our own style ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. I guess after a while we realise there’s no such thing as a “perfect” review, and I guess after a while perfect stops mattering as much as making sure we get all our thoughts down on the book we’re reviewing (at least that’s how it’s become for me). ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. You know, you’re so right. I mainly write reviews on my blog because that’s what I most enjoy doing and also because that’s what my blog is about. Not that I don’t enjoy tags and discussions, but I definitely find them more challenging than reviews for some reason! Mostly discussions though, which is why I have none in my blog ๐Ÿ˜… Tags are fun and people seem to like them a lot so I’m okay with those.
    I struggle with positive reviews much more than negative ones! But I suppose that’s common, from what I’ve heard other people say. With books I love I just want to keep all the good feels inside and not even talk about it for hours!
    Brilliant post, Beth ๐Ÿ˜Š Very relatable!

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    1. Ha, yeah discussions can be challenging, but oh it’s interesting you find reviews easier to write than tags. For me it’s pretty much the other way around. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Definitely common based on the comments I’ve read and replied to so far. I guess in my mind it’s easier to rant about what you didn’t like that eloquently talk about what you loved. Plus with positive reviews you want to put the book forwards in the best way possible so everyone who reads your review than goes on to read the book. Takes a lot of planning to write a review like that!
      Thanks so much Sophie. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  13. The problem may be there when the main goal is to attract traffic, but I write reviews largely because I love the process and if only one person reads it – it is enough for me. I realise there are so many book reviews out there that they do not attract as much traffic as other original posts, but as long as I feel I got my opinion out there, I feel satisfied. I think some other bloggers will relate to this.

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    1. That’s a good way of looking at it, and I love your frame of mind when it comes to traffic and reviews. In a way I’m kind of the same, yes it’s a little disappointing that reviews don’t generate more traffic but as long as one person reads my post, as long as one person picks up a book I’ve loved and recommended to them through a reviews, that’s what matters. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  14. I completely agree. I made my blog to write reviews and for the first half of my first year of blogging, I love writing reviews but then I realized that it doesn’t bring much traffic and I barely wrote reviews then.
    I’m more likely to read the first few reviews on a book on Goodreads than on blogs. I do tend to not read reviews of books that I’m really anticipating or reviews for the second or third books in a series because I don’t want to be spoiled. I usually read reviews for books I’ve never heard about though.
    And I do find it hard to write reviews for books I really enjoyed that doesn’t just include me gushing about it. But for the books, I mildly enjoyed or hate? I do find it easier.
    Great Post.

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    1. Yeah it’s kind of strange that for book bloggers it’s our actual book reviews which generate the least traffic. I guess it’s about finding a good mix of posts that get the traffic you want.
      Oh yeah I read reviews for first books in series I’m thinking about reading, and it’s only once I’ve read the first book that I’ll read reviews for second books. When it comes to most anticipated releases of mine it doesn’t matter if it’s the second book or the first I’ll avoid all reviews no matter what.
      I suppose you want a certain level of gushing, but yeah there needs to be more than that even in books we LOVED! ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  15. I love reading reviews, to be honest. It really helps me gauge if I want to try out a certain book or not. But when it comes to upcoming titles that I am personally excited about, I turn back into a mood reader.

    Honestly, I am more piqued to read a negative review than a positive one. Maybe it’s because to be able to pinpoint the certain things that irked you while reading is a good way to let out steam. It widens my perspective on the perception for it. Yet there’s this exciting ring to it when a person eloquently reviews a book they personally love, especially if we often have the same taste. But yes, it is harder to write a review for a book you love because at most times it leaves you speechless and too many emotions to handle.

    Also for me, book reviews are a great way for me to find readers that have the same preferences. To read that they highly recommend a certain book makes me feel at ease to read it more.

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    1. I take it then you’ve probably discovered some amazing books through blogging and through other people’s reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚
      It is kind of releasing being able to write a bad review for a book you really haven’t enjoyed isn’t it? Yeah I enjoy reading bad reviews for books I’ve also hated because I enjoy seeing what points other people have made and if they also didn’t enjoy the same parts I didn’t (I also enjoy reading negative reviews for books I have loved because sometimes it helps me pick up on things I missed when I read said book).
      I guess for me it’s so much easier to rant about books than try and put into actual words what I love about them. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. I always feel so discouraged when my reviews don’t do as well as y more contemporary or discussion posts, and its taken me so long to finally get over that fact.
    Great post!

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  17. This is such an interesting post, Beth! I find that I more often than not struggle to write a review when… well, I waited too long to write it down and didn’t take any notes or any specific ideas for my reviews. More often than not when that happens and comes the time where I need to write my review, I feel completely lost and it takes me a little while to find out what I’ve been wanting to write, too, haha ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Thanks so much Marie. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค Ohh, see I completely get what you mean but considering I'm about three months behind on reviews a little worrying too. Do you find taking notes helps you? I feel like I should try that but kind of worry it would keep pulling me out of the story if I was stopping every other page or chapter to make notes.

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      1. It really helps me remembering what I wanted to write and thought of while reading, yes! sometimes I’m way too engrossed into the story to bother stopping, though , haha. But sometimes when I’m done with a reading session, I try to write down a couple notes, feelings, what I liked, info about a character I want to remember or something. more often than not, these little notes help me a bit when I’m writing my review ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. I don’t take part in a lot of tags or other things that book bloggers do to generate traffic. They’re fun, but I would rather spend my time reading and doing reviews. The book reviews that garner the most traffic for me are those out of the norm. If everyone is reviewing the same set of books and/or authors, overlapping on blogs, I think there is a saturation point.

    Reviews are hard to write, even the ones on books I didn’t like, because it’s so easy to flog a dead horse and hard to know when to stop.

    Good discussion!

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    1. So do you solely post reviews on your blog then? And actually that’s kind of interesting because I get what you mean about there being a saturation point when it comes to reviews (when it comes to really popular books I can feel like everything I’ve said in my review has already been said ten times over) but I find my most popular reviews are the popular books everyone else seems to have already read.
      Ha, that’s a good way of putting it actually. I just tend to rant on and on and it’s easier to rant about the books I haven’t enjoyed.
      Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. No, somehow, unexpectedly I started to use my blog to write creatively, which was not my original intent. I had tried to be a writer earlier and felt that it wasn’t going anywhere. Surprise, surprise. I now use my blog for whatever I want, but I still think of it as a book blog. Thanks for asking. Happy holidays!

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      2. Oh thatโ€™s an interesting journey for you and your blog. Do you still write creatively then? But yeah at the end of the day our blogs are for us, better to write what we want. Thatโ€™s all right, and thanks. Happy holidays to you too. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค๏ธ

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  19. Great discussion post, Beth! It honestly depends on the book for me (and how well I remember it); I don’t find writing positive reviews any easier than writing negative reviews, haha. (Writing reviews in general is definitely harder than other posts.) And I usually read reviews for my anticipated & hyped releases because I can’t help myself lol; I want to learn as much as I can about the book. I don’t typically like going into a book without knowing anything about it, but that’s just my nature. Again, wonderful post!! โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ’–

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    1. Thanks so much Dezzy. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค Oh I'm a little jealous of that if I'm being honest. There have been some books I've loved that I've just not been able to find the words for when it comes to writing my reviews.
      Do you not worry about coming across potential spoilers when you read reviews for your most anticipated books? I guess on one hand it's nice to know a little about the story before going into it but I'd be terrified of potential spoilers.
      Thanks again. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. Oh I definitely relate to that! It’s sometimes so hard to find the words to describe a book, whether I loved or hated it, lol. And I do worry about that sometimes, but I just have to trust the reviewer to not leave spoilers in their review. (So far, I don’t think I’ve run across too many potential spoilers.) And my curiosity over the book usually wins over my fear of potential spoilers, haha.

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      2. I think most reviewers are good about pointing out spoilers if they’re upcoming in their reviews, I know I try to be, but there’s always that niggling worry something’s been missed. Ha, yeah sometimes you just need to read reviews if it’s a book you’re that curious over. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  20. This is so relatable! I have so much trouble writing reviews too – but I also want to write reviews for everything I read at the same time. I definitely find it much easier to review a book I disliked – it’s so much easier to pinpoint what I didn’t like then try and describe why a good book was so amazing. Also – I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one who avoids other peoples’ reviews for fear of unintentionally copying them!

    Great post overall!!

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    1. Oh I try and write reviews for all the books I’ve read (I’m woefully behind at the moment but one day soon I’m hoping to catch up). ๐Ÿ™‚
      Yep, a lot of the time what I love about the book is as simple as just a feeling I have, but when I dislike a book there is more of a solid reason that’s easier to pinpoint.
      Ha, yeah I had it drilled into my head in high school how terrible plagiarism is that now I’m almost too conscious of it. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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      1. Exactly – it’s more of a “feeling” when you love a book. That’s so hard to put into words! But yeah, high school and university both have it so the idea of plagiarizing is always on my mind too. ๐Ÿ˜…

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  21. I try to not put too much pressure on myself to properly analyse a book – I donโ€™t enjoy doing it! I just love raving about a book I love and persuading someone else to read it, so my reviews are pretty much always spoiler free and more about how Iโ€™d sell the book. I like to think of myself as a little bookseller on my blog ๐Ÿ˜‚ that said, I totally get where youโ€™re coming from because rags and prompted posts are so much easier to write!

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    1. Everyone has a different way of going about reviews don’t they, and if it works for you that’s the main thing (plus I think most people would prefer spoiler free reviews especially if they haven’t read the book in question yet).
      I guess with tags and the like when you’re talking about more than just one book we focus on in reviews it’s easier to find the words. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  22. Personally I LOVE writing reviews, but you’re right in everything you say, and it’s certainly a pity that they don’t get too many traffic when it’s no an easy thing to write them. And I also agree that the most difficult reviews are those of books you love, it’s difficult to put all those feelings into words, so true ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
    This is a fantastic post I think we should discuss more about this kind of things ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Definitely a pity, I mean there are posts I publish on my blog which require a lot more time and effort from my but I always put a lot of effort into all my books so it can be disheartening to see reviews not get as much attention. Plus if it’s a favourite of mine I just want to recommend it to the world.
      Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  23. I sometimes struggle writing reviews of books I really like because I have a hard time articulating anything other than OMG GO READ THIS BOOK and omg everything was amazing.

    I also tend to avoid reviews for my most anticipated books because I donโ€™t want to be influenced negatively. I also avoid reading and honestly writing reviews for really popular books because they often start to sound all the same and I donโ€™t feel I will add anything new to the conversation unless I donโ€™t like a popular book.

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    1. Ha, yeah there’s always a certain amount of gushing in my positive reviews. But then again OMG GO READ THIS BOOK would probably catch a lot of people’s attention! ๐Ÿ˜€
      That’s how I feel too, with some of these books I’ve been waiting ages for them and I want to make sure I form my own opinion. Plus with reviews even if they are spoiler free I feel like there’s always some level of potential spoilers. With a lot of books I want to go into them as blind as possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  24. I created my book blog to interact with the community, but I actually haven’t made any posts that are purely book reviews. As you said, especially when the book is great, I have a hard time feeling like I’m doing it justice. The message that most of my reviews send is “if you read this book, you’ll understand what I mean.” On my blog, I tend to steer towards advice or experiences I have had as a reader or writer rather than reviews. Like you, I often try not to read reviews unless I have already read the book, because I like to be able to create an opinion that is purely my own when I read a book.

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    1. If that works for you then that’s what works, as long as it’s helping you interact with the community, that’s why you started blogging after all. ๐Ÿ™‚ It also saves the hassle of trying to put onto paper what about the books you’ve read you’ve loved which I feel like is something I’m always going to struggle with.
      Yep, I always feel like if I’ve read a load of reviews before the book I’ll be paying more attention to what I remember of those reviews than my own thoughts while reading.

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  25. Iโ€™m like you. I can write a negative review so easily. Itโ€™s like words just pour out of me. But when it comes to a book I love I go blank. And I find it hard to express my true feelings on everything when I try to make everything spoiler free. I have noticed reviews do get less responses than other book related post. I read reviews if I know theyโ€™re spoiler free and are interested in the book. Or one that Iโ€™ve already read just to see what other people thought about it.

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    1. I guess with negative reviews it’s not like you’re trying to convince people to read the book you’ve read and hated, but with positive reviews there’s so much you want to express and you want everyone to read the book and love it that it’s a lot to get in one review (at least that’s the way I see it).
      Yeah I’m the same, with reviews it just depends if people have read the book as well that they’ll read your review of it too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  26. Interresting!

    I have no struggle whatsoever to write them, i usually start them long before im finished and take notes of what thoughts I wanna add into the final form; so I need to only add a couple additions and iโ€™m done.
    Where I struggle though… is to finish them ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ This is why my blog have so few of reviews, as I can only finish about 3 books a month… so i cannot review 50, you know what I mean?

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    1. Yeah I know what you mean, we all have different reading speeds and honestly I’ve been in a bit of reviewing slump recently so the three you manage to get through a month is three more than I’ve written in about three months.
      That sounds like a great way to write reviews, I’ve never tried taking notes while reading before. Do you not find it pulls you out of the story somewhat?

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      1. I have written an ยซย how toย ยป do the way i do my reviews on my blog if youโ€™re interrested!

        I actually will read in multiple ยซย sessionsย ยป (as im unable to do it in one shot, sadly) so I wait until im done reading for that session before writting my impressions and such; specially for not missing my train of reading haha

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  27. I wouldn’t say I struggle with reviews, but they are definitely one category of posts on my blog that takes the most time (the other category is my Reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales series) because I want to do the book justice, get all of my thoughts out, and make the review informative to people who read it. And I’m not someone who can pump out reviews one after another, because that’s not how my brain works – I need time to think about the book and my thoughts, and I’m always more satisfied with what I write after a couple of drafts.

    As far as which type of reviews stump me, it doesn’t really have anything to do with whether or not I like the book, but whether or not I can pinpoint what I liked or disliked about it and say it effectively. Sometimes what I like a bout a book is very clear, and other times it takes more analysis to figure out why I’m feeling a certain way.

    I also like to go into anticipated books blind, because I feel like if I read other reviews I’m going to be thinking about the things those reviewers said, which takes my attention away from the actual book.

    I’m not sure I would have started the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson if it wasn’t for a slew of reviews that came across my radar, and there’s a booktuber (The Novel Lush) who reviews a lot of romance novels, and she has definitely piqued my interest for that genre.

    Such a great discussion!

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    1. That’s a good point. I guess with reviews sometimes it can be a bit of struggle to make sure you get everything you want to say down on paper, and make sure you’ve not put any major spoilers in that could put another reader off or spoil the reading experience for other people (that’s something I worry about when I’m reviewing books at times). It sounds like you put a lot of effort into your reviews, which is great.
      Yeah I’ve had that too, where there’s just been something about the book I’ve enjoyed/not enjoyed that I can’t quite put my finger on. Sometimes it just ends up being a feeling of mine.
      Also hopefully it means you’ll enjoy the hyped book more if you’re not thinking of other people’s reviews right?
      Oh is the Mistborn series one you’d recommend then? I feel like I’ve heard a bit about it before. And if you do decide to dive into the romance genre hopefully you’ll love those books you pick up too.
      Thanks so much. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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  28. Interesting! I only started blogging recently, but I’ve found that my book reviews are less popular than general bookish posts (like to-be-read lists) – unless they’re about popular books! Happy December ๐Ÿ’•

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    1. Yeah, I guess for me when it comes to commenting on review posts unless it’s a book I’ve read I struggle sometimes with what to say. Whereas with TBR lists they obviously feature more books so it’s easier to find something to comment about you know?
      Guess reviews are just never going to be the most popular of our posts but we’ll keep on writing them all the same.
      Thanks, I hope you have a good December too. ๐Ÿ™‚ โค

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