In the grand scheme of things, I really am still a newbie blogger — so it’s only natural to assume things, and chalk them up to my status as a new book blogger.
Still, I can’t help but wonder about my review style (as I think every book blogger does, haha). I really tend to be pretty positive in my reviews, and while I don’t give stars on my blog, on Goodreads I tend to give most books 4 or 5 stars.
Now, in all honesty, I think this can mostly be attributed to me going easy on books when I review them. Usually when I’m writing a review for a book, I get a little sentimental remembering it and I’m inclined to remember the good parts rather than the not-so-good parts. Or when trying to give the book a rating, I’ll aim higher, if only because I did enjoy reading it, so why not give it 4 stars? It’s a problem — looking back, I know that all the books I rate as 4 stars I did not feel equally about.
But maybe — just maybe — these high ratings aren’t only because I go easy, but because I really have been reading 4/5 star books.
I’ve only really been using Goodreads to rate books since I started blogging, so I don’t really have any back ratings to consult. But perhaps joining the book blogging community has had an impact on the quality of the books I read.
Think about it. Following other book blogs, reading a plethora of reviews, recommendations, and critiques of the same book from tens of different opinions, and getting to hear different details about the book from each blogger gives so much info about a book. Reading blog posts about a book is about as good as getting a full background check on it; it gives you as much info on the book as you can get without actually reading the book.
So by the time I go to the library and pick out a book, or add it to my cart on Amazon or B&N, I feel like I already know the book. I chose it because something that I have read about it appeals to me — its good writing, its lovable characters, its futuristic spaceships, or simply because it’s set in Hawaii.
Some of these aspects can be known just by reading the book flap, but others are divulged only though the advisory praises of fellow bloggers. So, armed with the knowledge of the trusted readers around me, I am guided to the books that I know I will enjoy most. It isn’t too far a stretch to say that this is why the books I have read lately get such high ratings; reading book blogs has helped me chose books that merit 4/5 stars.
Now, this is just my working theory, and maybe it really only is partially true, but I really do think blogging has improved my choice in books for the better. Of course, there’s always a dud or two along the way; a book that seemed promising but disappoints. Still, how can blogging not have affected my reading?