I often see blog posts about people who don’t like writing reviews, reading reviews or anything to do with reviews. And I think if you are in that boat, fair enough, just don’t read them or write them, there is nothing wrong with that. However what keeps me inspired is thinking of the benefits of reviews and maybe they will help motivate you too if you do want to write reviews.
– I love having my own personal record of a book. This is why I started and this is why I continue to review nearly every book I read whether it’s an ARC or not. Even if no one else ever reads my reviews, I like reading them to refresh my memory on a book.
– Writing reviews satisfies a creative need within me that isn’t fulfilled in other parts of my life. Of course so does blogging but an actual review makes me focus on getting my points across as succinctly as I can.
– The more reviews you write, the easier and quicker it gets. I once heard that a landscape artist should paint a sky a day and I feel that way about reviews. The more you practise, the more polished you get and it just gives me a feeling of satisfaction when I have one written.
– It allows you to explore your feelings further rather than just closing the book and moving on too fast.
– And it opens the gate for book chat. It’s always fun to hear other peoples thoughts on your review and how their feels measure up to yours.
– Reading other reviews for a book you’ve read gives you other perspectives and I love when I get new food for thought.
– Writing reviews makes me more confident in my thoughts and ideas. I’m in a book club now and I don’t think I would have joined one before I started reviewing as I just wasn’t as secure in my book opinions. Now I don’t care if my ideas are off the wall, I just own them!
– And of course reading reviews help me filter out what books I want to add to my to-read list
– Reviews allow me to experiment with my writing. You don’t need to stick to one tried and tested format, mix it up. Don’t let it get stale or repetitive, try something different.
– Reviews also benefit the publishing industry. Not my first aim in writing a review but it’s good to let publishers/authors see what you like and don’t like in books. Our collective voices can help form future trends that we want to see such as more diversity in books.
So the next time you’re feeling blue at the idea of writing a review, I’d recommend thinking about why you are writing them. Do they have benefits for you personally, you don’t HAVE to write them but maybe you want to and it’s no harm being clear in your own mind just why you do this.
Talk to Trish: What is your favourite thing about writing reviews (or reading reviews if you don’t write them)? What is the biggest benefit to you personally?