Today I would like to share with you something I’ve been thinking about for quite a long time – it’s about reading reviews of books I haven’t heard of (and here I include also reviews of books written by authors I haven’t heard of). In a nutshell, if I do not recognize the book nor the author, there are (very) low chances that I read the book review.
Phew, I said it out loud.
I was inspired to put my thoughts on digital paper about this topic by Sofi from A book. A Thought, who wrote a comprehensive discussion post about book reviews in the blogging community.
Why do I write reviews in the first place?
Let’s start from the core – I started writing reviews of books I read for multiple reasons, just to name a few:
- to keep track of the books I read in my own space
- to document my thoughts regarding the books I read
- to “enforce” myself to reflect & research on what I read
- to share my thought with other book lovers
- to have my recommendation at hand when someone asks me about a book I read (my reviews do not have spoilers)
I think I write more for myself than for others.
How about reading reviews written by other bloggers?
Well, this question has a tricky answer – I realized that I mostly tend to read reviews of books I read or books I want to read, and reviews of books written by authors that I’ve read before.
If I recognize the book or the author, I read the review.
Does it sound familiar?
For example, I see the review of a book I already read, no matter whether I liked it or not, I am curious to see how others perceived it, and I might join the discussion sharing my own experience.
Comfortably staying in my own bubble.
Another example – if I see a review of a book by Margaret Atwood, there are high chances that I will read it, as I already read “The Handmaid’s Tale” and I also saw the “Alias Grace” TV series, and I am interesting in reading more by Atwood.
Maybe expanding my bubble a little bit.
There are cases when I read reviews of books / authors I haven’t heard of if the review is written by a blogger I know has similar reading taste as me.
Whoa, expanding a bit more my bubble.
You might be thinking – so what?
From an outside perspective, I think that reading only book reviews from the above-mentioned categories can be limiting and it might reinforce the bookish bubble I’m already in.
Of course, we all have a limited time for blog hopping and I think it is natural to be attracted by something that’s already familiar … but that means that I might be missing out on discovering some really interesting books.
Do you read reviews of books you haven’t heard of? Looking forward to hearing (actually reading) your thoughts on this topic!
‘Till next time … happy reading!