Thursday, February 23, 2012

BTT (#19) ~ book blogs

Booking Through Thursday has a guest questioner, so it is Yvonne who asks:
What do you look for when reading a book blog?
Does the blogger have to read the same genre?
Do you like reviews?  Personal posts?  Memes?  Giveaways?
What attracts you to a book blog?

When I first started blogging, I couldn't see the point in doing memes.  Gradually, I realized it brought people to my blog, even if only the five or six people I was supposed to "tag" to do the meme with me.  When memes are related to books in some way, I'm more likely to read them, but I have always disliked long memes with no connection to books or reading.  I remember being especially annoyed by a long meme that started by asking about eating and drinking.  My testy answer:
"Food, and now drink?  When do we get to the books?  That's what reading is all about.  I drink when I get thirsty, not because I'm reading."
Bloggers differ widely in what we call reviews.  Dewey had a list of questions that helped me jump-start my thinking, and I came up with additional questions, based on whether the book was fiction, nonfiction, or memoir, for example.  Eventually, my "reviews" became more like stories showing how I connected with a book — or not, as the case may be.

If a blogger sticks solely to reviews, with every post paraded out in identical shape and format, I lose interest.  I think we became a book blogging community because we got to know each other.  And that means telling something about our lives as well as the books we've read.

Genre — okay.  If someone reads all the same kinds of books and those are books I rarely or never read, there really isn't much point in checking out their reviews.  Romance novels don't interest me, whereas you may find it boring to read about history or religion or culture.  The "curse" of reading book blogs is adding to our own growing TBR stacks.  I visit blogs where I'm likely to find titles I want to read.

Giveaways?  Sure, I'll enter your contest if the book looks good to me, but that isn't the primary reason I dropped by.  I'm there because, as with friends in real life, you are someone whose interests and opinions matter to me.


Eileen Leacock said...

Love the clean look of your blog. I am a lover of book in general and not a book blogger. That's tells how my post goes.
Here is my post:

Helen's Book Blog said...

I agree, I started out blogging because I wanted to review book for my students, then I moved on to getting to know other bloggers, now I love to see a combination of book reviews and personal life. It really is an ever-changing process and I find I go through phases of what I blog and what I feel like reading on others' blogs

Unknown said...

That's a really great answer. Reading everyone's post it makes me feel like I need to add more about mysefl on mine. Here is my BTT
Happy Reading!
Cathy @ Addicted to Books

Anonymous said...

A good answer.

Jan said...

I value your blog, and I am glad you don't JUST review books. I like hearing about you. I've looked at many of the blogs you list that you read yourself and some of them are too esoteric for me, even though I consider myself to be intelligent. I was an English major in college, but don't seem to be reading beyond mysteries these days, except for my other love--theology.