I wa wa wa wa wanderrrrr.
Seriously though, many of you visitors that stop by Not Yet Read are book bloggers / reviewers just like myself. So writing reviews of pretty much almost all the books we read is just something that we do.
Earlier this year because I felt I needed the occasional help…
I decided to RUN AN EXPERIMENT using my friends and family!
Did you always write reviews? I know that before I got into book blogging I didn’t. I frequently rated books and now and then if I really liked a book or didn’t I would write a very short couple of sentences in the review spaces of either goodreads or Amazon as to what I thought. I wouldn’t however write the long drawn out reviews that are for the most part the norm for a book blogger.
Based on the folks that I follow I see that a book bloggers review generally ranges from 300 to 800 words (That’s a freaking lot being said about the book).
Then what tipped you over into the world of writing reviews? Well hey access to early copies and complimentary copies might have had much to do with it. But also the interaction with the community is so much fun. It’s just a mentality thing I think being a blogger, wanting that social outlet to gush about our beloved hobby.
As some of you might have noticed I’ve tried to get some of my local book loving friends into book blogging. Not many of my friends or family “get me” when it comes to the whole blogging thing. My husband doesn’t read except when he travels and my sister who is my absolute best friend loves to read but she doesn’t feel the need to read on a daily basis like I do, and my father loves to read but he can sometimes go months and months without touching a book. Some of the folks I know get these spurts of wanting to read a lot and will do a ton of reading for a few months then won’t touch another book for a year. I don’t “get” people like that! LOL
Anyways so I did this little experiment over the past few months of asking IRL friends and family if they wanted to read and review some books for my blog. I had hit a major backlog because of my pregnancy and illness and some of them seemed keen to give it a try.
Or maybe my forceful insistence that they read might have had something to do with it *wink*
These have been the results. (Hopefully no one gets offended of me sharing the info – some names I’ll leave out since they were people that never even appeared). Some folks took to it really well, some weren’t interested at all but I have to say that many of the people that did give it a try it was like pulling teeth to get the reviews out of them.
*brandishes a nail studded club and a jar of leeches at said people* – or even better threaten them with attack from a man eating spider….come on this won’t hurt a bit!!
Maggie – A Whopping Success – 37 reviews completed
As everyone knows Maggie took rather well to writing reviews. She doesn’t mind doing it but she isn’t as “into” blogging as I am but enjoys it as a hobby and she knows and appreciates how important it is to me. She says she sometimes has to take breaks in between the “review” books to read her cozy mysteries and romance novels that she doesn’t want to write reviews for. Love my Maggers
Kat – Total Success – 21 reviews completed, 4 discussion posts
Technically Kat wasn’t part of the experiment since she’s a friend I made via goodreads but she has worked out very nicely as a part time reviewer. She was already used to writing reviews and posting them on goodreads so it was an easy transition for her to start doing that on a blog instead.
Tina – Success – 15 reviews completed – likely on permanent hiatus
Tina has also done nicely writing reviews, she doesn’t mind doing it but sometimes finds she has a hard time deciding what to say and seems to be more of an “occasional reviewer”. I think folks like that don’t want to say much on a review – just that they liked it. I consider that to be a normal readers thoughts that say someone (not a blogger) would just throw up on goodreads or Amazon if they didn’t have a blog. Tina has way more responsibilities and very pressing concerns now a days that make review blogging impossible for her for the most part. Though I don’t believe we’ve seen the last of her on Not Yet Read.
Richelle (my sister) – Experiment ongoing -The jury is still out, I have high hopes! -1 review completed
It wasn’t a teeth pulling experience to get the review out of her but I admit I pestered her a bit and threatened her with jars of leeches haha. I think or I hope that she ends up taking to it =)
Gosia (my cousin) – Experiment ongoing, I have high hopes! -2 reviews completed
She’s got a very busy life between work and 2 kids but she’s a pretty ravenous reader, mostly where urban fantasy is concerned. I tell her I’ll keep her well stocked on the good books if she writes me a few reviews. So far I’ve gotten two fabulous reviews from her and I really got a kick out of reading them since they were on the high (5 star) and low (1 star) ends of the spectrum!
Rachael – Didn’t take to it – 2 reviews completed
Rachael isn’t a huge reader but every once in a while she’ll go through a big spurt of reading. She tried writing a few reviews, after I twisted her arm and pulled a few teeth to get them from her and she decided that writing out her thoughts on the books just wasn’t for her so she won’t be writing anymore. But kudos to her for being willing to give it a try!
Angie – Didn’t take to it – 2 reviews completed
She’s not as obsessive of a reader as I am and I think writing reviews just wasn’t for her since it was like pulling teeth to get them from her.
Alan (Mag’s husband) – Not so much and only When he feels like it – 4 reviews completed
Alan started dipping into the stack of review books that Maggie had and so we insisted he give us his thoughts. He definitely loves to read (that’s even how him and Maggie met in a bookstore) but he only reads occasionally. At least whenever he grabs from our review stack we know he’s willing to give us a paragraph of his thoughts.
Dad + Male friends 1, 2, 3,4 – fail
I asked several of my book reading male friends if they’d be interested and unfortunately none of them were. My dad did write something but never finished writing it and I got tired of pestering him. The guy friends all were interested in ‘free books’ but not at all in writing anything about their thoughts. And hey nothing is free buddies.
Female friend 1 – absolute fail!
Unfortunately this was a big disappointment to me because the person took a huge stack of books saying she could totally write the reviews no problem, read every single one of the books and doesn’t want to write anything about them.n I think it boiled down to it wasn’t a priority for her and not important so when that happens folks can just shrug it off as not necessary. It probably seemed more like “work” then “fun” and that I can totally understand. Lesson learned test people out with one book only lol.
There you have it. Book review writing is definitely not for everyone. And I’ve learned –
I know some bloggers keep their blog life completely separate from their personal lives and don’t like people IRL to even know they have a blog. But I just can’t do that – its one of my biggest hobbies next to art and what do we do with the things we love? Usually, we want to share them and talk about them to the people in our lives. so I can’t help but want to talk to people about it (even if they think I’m slightly odd because of it).