Hello friends! So, I know we’ve talked about reviews here on Inspy before, but it’s been a long minute. But why oh why would she want to talk reviews in December you ask?
Well, I would love to answer that question.
First though let’s talk about reviews for a minute. They are a funny thing, aren’t they? They can lift spirits, tear down spirits, give spoilers. (no one likes that) We can actually influence if someone else will buy the book we’ve just read. Yes, it’s true! You have influence.
Because like the meme above says your review is often some one else’s preview. Let’s say a very cool cover comes across your social media. The title sounds intriguing. Maybe you haven’t read the author. You read the short blurb to see what the book is about. Now you are still on the fence whether you want to spend your money on the book, right? If you are like me then you go to the reviews. Things that astound me regarding reviews.
- I’m astounded at the really high number of reviews some books receive. I’ve recently read books that have had over 200,000 reviews. That’s amazing. Now when the book has that many reviews I usually skip to the 1 and 2 stars to find out what they didn’t like. Normally these don’t dissuade me at all from buying the book. I’m basically looking to see if they all had the same vibe from the book. A lot of the times they do.
- I’m astounded at how long some reviews are. I mean they are literally a synopsis in some cases. And as stated above I don’t read the spoilers. Just don’t! But more importantly don’t write review with spoilers in them. They take out that thrill that you felt while reading the book. Let other reader’s experience that for themselves.
- I’m astounded that someone will give a book a 1 or 2 star because the book was damaged–that’s not the authors fault. :)
- I’m astounded at the love readers have for their beloved books. The gushing, the emoji’s the pure joy in the words of the reviews. Of course I think I do the same thing.
As someone who reads a lot, I’ll admit to being somewhat lax on the amount of books I’ve reviewed. But I have changed that habit this year. A couple of reason that contributed–you don’t have to leave a written review if you don’t want to. You can simply star it. Also, I don’t like to read really long reviews, so I don’t write them for sure. But it doesn’t take long to write a couple of sentences.
Example: I always love a AUTHOR NAME book-and this one was no exception. Great story and characters.
Another example: What a joy to journey with HERO NAME and HEROINE NAME as they navigated difficult times, but prevailed in the end.
Super simple, right? And if you didn’t care for the book and you don’t like leaving reviews in that scenario, simply star the rating.
At the beginning of this post I told you I would answer the question why I’m doing a review post in December. It’s because reviews are gifts. They are not only gifts to the authors, they are gifts to other readers as well. A review is a gift that keeps on giving, right? And it’s a free gift involving a little bit of time.
So here we go–I’d love to hear your thoughts on reviews. How much they influence your purchase of a book. You don’t have to state whether you leave reviews or not, only if you want to. But if you do, I’d love to hear your favorite aspect of leaving a review. Do you only do it when you’ve read an amazing book?
Thank you for hanging with us always!! Love to hear your review thoughts.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!