Do you really read other blogger’s book reviews?
Well, it depends. I do, actually, read other blogger’s book reviews when the book is one I’m considering reading. I do judge a book by other people’s opinions of it. Or maybe if it is a book I’ve recently read and want to see their thoughts and share my opinion in the comments. But, if it is a book I’m about to read and review, I will avoid reading other blogger’s reviews. I also can’t possibly read all the reviews by all the blogs I follow, so I have to pick and choose the ones that interest me. I think the reviews I enjoy the most have some sort of funny aspect to them or something unique. I do like gif use, but not too many. Overly gushy reviews are hard to get into though because I need to connect to why the blogger is so into the book, and sometimes the reasons get lost in the gush.
It is actually kind of funny. I often read reviews of books that I have already read/reviewed simply to see what other bloggers thought of the book. In these reviews I like the blogger to really discuss the book, spoilers and all! However, whenever I am reading a book review of something that just merely caught my eye or someone told me to go check out, I do NOT like spoilers. It would be nice if there was a distinction between the two types of reviews. I know we have spoiler warnings and all that. That is not what I am talking about. I mean I wish that we had two distinct type of reviews… One could be a “Hey you should read this book!” sales pitch (publisher/author blurbs tend to not do the book justice) and one could be a “Let me tell you what I thought about THIS book”. Or better yet, whenever you review a book, perhaps the review could be structured like okay, here is the book info/stats/your star rating and then a little evangelical paragraph to encourage others to read the book and then a review at the bottom for those who already read the book or don’t care about spoilers. What do ya’ll think?