Jennifer talks about the importance of reviews...
As you probably know, I’ve been using this round of alphabet blogging to review books I’ve been reading. It’s been helpful in many ways.
First of all, it’s encouraged me to read more. I love reading. Always have. But as I’ve mentioned, now that I’m a writer, some reading is less enjoyable for me, because I edit as I read. Which is like taking a break from your day job and bringing that work home at night. There’s no escape. But knowing I’m going to review books forces me to push past the discomfort and gets me off Facebook. J
Second, it’s a huge help to writers to have people review their books, especially by readers with whom they haven’t arranged reviews. Those reviews show impartiality allow other readers to take the review seriously, as opposed to paid reviews or reviews from friends. They get people talking about their books and they learn from reviewers as well.
And third, and this may be a little selfish, it gives our blog the added benefit of new readers and more exposure. The more books we review, and the more tags we use on our blog, the more new readers we get, which is important for bloggers.
So, if you’re reading a book and you love it, review it! If you hate it, review it! And if it doesn’t strike any particular chord, review that one too. Honest (not mean) reviews help readers and writers alike.