Book reviews, they are at the core of every book blog. It’s what made most of us start our blogs (we wanted to share our feelings, thoughts, and impressions on the books we read) However, even if they are a sort of spine for the book blogger, it’s more often than not the least viewed post that we have.. it hardly brings comments, and it doesn’t have many likes.. so, in terms of the stats it’s an unsuccessful post.
I enjoy writing reviews and I’m aware that a review from a recent release (particularly a hyped up one) might bring more attention than a past releases or a review for a somewhat not widely popular book. But I don’t want to chain myself to the hype train, I read what I like and if it’s a popular book ..great!.. but if it’s not, well, I’ll still let you know my thoughts about it… And we can’t set aside the self published and Indie titles out there, how else are we going to share some of the awesomeness of those little gems that we may find?
This line of reasoning made me think.. what can I do to make my reviews more engaging, more captivating… I came up with a few ideas (some might be original , some might not) that I will be incorporating to my reviews and I wanted to share them with all of you to get a bit of feedback and maybe to help those, that like me want to give a new life to the book reviews.
As the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words.. and in some cases the feelings you have for a book or a character has the perfect representation in a Gif out there and if there isn’t you can easily make one of your own..They are fun (time consuming.. specially searching for the right one) but fun nonetheless.
However, what concerns me about them it’s how easilly we can over saturate a post with them, so I’m asking you guys.. HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?? For me, it’s two.. more than that and I start to feel annoyed.
I thought it would be fun to make (if there’s time) charts and graphics on a particular book.. break it down, the plot, the characters, anything you can think of. Maybe even comparing book series… The possibilities are endless..
Having a guest blogger discuss with you a current read it’s always fun.. you get two or more different perspectives on the same story.. Even better if one enjoyed it and the other didn’t it’s the set up to a heated banter.. don’t you think?
Finding a topic from the book we are reviewing and start a discussion.. it can be anything from relationships in the work place to abuse of power to political scheming in the Victorian era.. Any topic works and we can use social media or just our blog..
These are some of my brainstorming ideas.. What do you guys think?? Which will make you click open a review?? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.