Why do you review?
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to evaluate what I liked about a book
to share the great books I find with others
to get free books :-)
Are there other reviewers out there who have other reasons?
to disagree with reviews posted by others (politely, of course)
I started reviewing books once I got back into reading seriously (oddly, when I was running my own publishing company, I read nothing other than submitted manuscripts!) ... I suspect it was initially to provide fodder for my LiveJournal, but it got to be something "I just did" every time I finished a book.
I've recently started a separate blog just for my reviews, which is what I use (the specific entry URLs) for the "review" field on L.T.
I publish reviews of books (and other items) on a site I run. I also publish some other creative writing drivel of mild interest.
My current project is to review every book I have read from January 2006 onward. I've just about caught up to myself.
It is interesting you made a blog for your reviews. Mine appear in several web publications and one print, which I list on my web page and I am using my LibraryThing account to keep track of what I have reviewed. Mostly science fiction and fantasy, although I am considering putting up reviews for histories. I just finished David McCullough's The Johnstown Flood and feel that urge to comment on it.
Ah, that's a standard LiveJournal trick ... you can edit the time/date on any entries, so if you want an entry to stay up top, you just tack on a date far into the future (so I picked the end of the Mayan calendar). Once you have that set, all subsequent "real time" entries slot in at the #2 spot.
You must register, indicate your preferences, and then vie for the opportunity to review a title by writing a short summary to explain why you are interested.
It took two tries before I was given the opportunity to review my first book. Befire I'd finished it, I was sent a second book. I gave the first title a mixed review, but I really enjoyed the second book, Dawn of Empire by Sam Barone.
Maybe my first review put them off, because there have been two additional drawings and I have not received another title.
Anyway, if you like to review, most publishers have similar programs.
However, your link got screwed up a bit (somehow it ended up with couple of line breaks and the start of your next sentence as part of the URL!) ... so HERE is a "clean" version.
Honsestly, I started a blog to get my feet wet in web design, but then it was like, "Oh my god, I actually have to write!" I started writing book reviews because I read a lot and people tell me I have "interesting" (read: weird) taste in books.
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"I picked the end of the Mayan calendar" - excellent ! I like the cool way you just drop that out, in the same way other people say "I bought some apples" or "I drank some beer". Good stuff.
As to why review ? My reasons may differ slightly from others. I notice a lot of you have relatively profound reasons, whereas I`m just showing off !
Seriously, I`m using LT to catalogue my W E B Du Bois collection as a hobby whilst we decide whether to use it for business purposes at a later date. It`s a small step from that to adding in reviews as well.
Being on the computer for quite long periods listing books, I like to drop in and out of LT between listings sometimes to make life more varied.
As regards Du Bois, I suppose I do hope it will help those who might fancy trying one of his books to find the right one for them.
Yes, I reckon it`s the glamour that draws them.
I'd like to think that the content of my reviews has gotten progressively better as time has gone on. Is it weird to say that I really enjoy going back and reading my own reviews?
I've even started posting more reviews on my myspace blog and on amazon. It's turning into quite a hobby!
It's good exercise for those who enjoy writing--you get to flex your analytical muscles, and at the same time delve into the intricacies of crafting a story.
About a year ago I discovered a couple of websites that offered free books in exchange for reviews, and I decided to give that a try. I thought it might help curb my book buying habit (it hasn't) and help me improve my writing skills (an ongoing process).
I was really nervous for a long time about sharing my reviews with others, but it's turned out to be a great way to meet other readers like myself.
Overall, I do it because I enjoy it. I won't pretend I'm any good at it. I'm certainly not planning on giving up my day job anytime soon, that's for sure.
It's now taking on a life of it's own.. I run a book forum, and I've started a group review blog with some of the members. The cool thing is that we're now starting to receive free books, from both authors and publishers. :)
It's turned out to be a lot of fun, and I'd do it now even if I stopped getting freebies (but don't tell teh publicists that!). And I've found some great books I never would have picked up otherwise.