Musing Mondays #16: Why I Review

Posted May 19, 2014 in Discussion, Musing Mondays / 0 Comments

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Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Musings:
Why I Review
 
I originally started reviewing because I wanted to connect with a community that loved books as much as I did, and I wasn’t finding much of that in the real world. So I turned to the book blogging world, and fell in love. It’s so amazing, the people are so nice, and I never want to leave. I have such great opportunities now that I never had before.
 
But on a deeper scale, I like reviewing because I like forcing myself to think deeper about things. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I pride myself on having thorough and in-depth reviews. I like finding things no one else has found before, some hidden message or deeper meaning, and I like making people think, question this plot element or that character’s motives.
 
I’m not the only blogger who does this. Some bloggers have really short rant-or-gush reviews, others have long reviews where they examine every element of the book in great detail (something I try to do). Everyone’s different, and some people prefer one method to the other. There is no right or wrong. The ultimate point of reviewing is to give your opinion on something and tell potential readers how it affected you, whether they will end up enjoying it themselves or not.
 
I would like to thank author Aurora Whittet, author of Bloodmark, for her amazing review of my review. She said that I had found the underlying message in her book and was really pleased about it. You can read her post here. It’s things like that that make my day and remind me why I review.
So what do you pride yourself on as a reviewer (if you are one)? Why do you review? And if you’re not a reviewer, what do you think about when you read books? Do you analyze them carefully or just have fun with it?
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