I have a… kinda embarrassing confession to make.
Are you ready?
More often than not, I don’t read book reviews completely.
Er, yeah. You know those blog posts writing all about the reader’s thoughts on a certain book? I don’t read through them fully — I don’t even skim, sometimes. I just skip all the way to the end, or look for a paragraph that wraps-up the entire interview and the rating for it, and then I comment based on the little that I’ve read. I know, it’s horrible. Especially being a bookworm and supposedly being used to thousands and millions of words that would usually scare off any sane person… but it’s the truth.
But wait — before you close this tab and vow never to visit my blog ever again (though I wouldn’t blame you if you did that), this awful habit of mine raised a question: why exactly do I do this? I mean, I can read a seven-hundred-page book without any difficulty, so why is it that I can’t even read a single blog post?
Are book reviews boring?
This is a huge fear of mine, whenever I publish something: will others find it boring? Because I’m a person who gets easily distracted all the time, I can’t find myself sitting still and reading something unless it’s important, or unless it’s interesting. So I guess what I’m trying to say is that if book reviews are boring, what can we do to make them… well, un-boring? Which is why I’ve created this sort of survey to see what you think — and see if you have any suggestions as well! Don’t worry, the survey will be completely anonymous, so you can be as honest as you want and no one (not even me) will know who you are.
I hope this will be a success! So please, do fill out the survey. Book reviews are a huge part of our book blogs — they are what put the “book” in “book blog,” after all. It doesn’t matter if you’re a book blogger or a blog reader — your opinions are valued, all the same.
This post might probably make some people angry with me, which is totally understandable. And I apologize from the bottom of my heart for not reading through book review posts completely, and then posting comments, too! But it doesn’t mean that I’ll stop doing it. So I’m hoping that this survey may help me to understand more of what readers and bloggers are looking from us — and hopefully I’ll be able to be more hardworking when it comes to read reviews!
And also, I’ll be publishing the results for this survey two weeks from now, so keep an eye out for it!
Over to you:
You probably know, and experience, that book reviews aren’t as popular as the other posts you might have. How do you find reviews? Why? Do share — I’d love to know your opinion!