Thursday, 23 February 2012
Booking Through Thursday (16)
What do you look for when reading a book blog? Does the blogger have to read the same genre? Do you like reviews? Personal posts? Memes? Giveaways? What attracts you to a book blog?
And–what are your favorite book blogs?
I look for a lot of different things in other book blogs and I'm pretty picky when it comes to them. The main thing I look for is a rough compatability in terms of books and reviews. If I find a blog where the blogger has read a lot of the same books I have I'll look at their reviews on a few 'touchstone' books (aka those books that tend to have reviewers divided like Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater, Glazed Murder by Jessica Beck). If our views are still similar or they have really justified their opinions I'll hunt down reviews of my favourite books. This gives me the deciding factor - the closer our opinions are on the books I care about, the more likely I am to follow.
I tend to find new book blogs through memes and they give a bonus of being able to get to know the blogger quickly. There have been a few times when I've been looking through meme posts, seen something I totally disagree with and have left the blog. On the other hand, memes are how I've found some of my favourite blogs.
I also love giveaways but I tend to check out the blog itself to see what it's like before entering, especially if it's a follower only giveaway. It's not fair on the blogger or the other entrants if you have people just following for a chance to win something.
My favourite book blogs are (clicking the buttons will take you to their sites):