Booking Through Thursday: Blogs

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?

I look for a blogger who reads and critically thinks deeply about their reading. That’s really it—they don’t have to read everything I read (although I truly do not care for people who dismiss entire genres; I mean, I’m burned out on mysteries, but that’s a me thing, not mystery’s fault). I prefer reviews to personal posts, but, again, if the blogger is an interesting, thoughtful sort who critically thinks about the books they read, I’m not too picky.

I should also mention blog design here; nothing makes me back out faster than a cluttered blog that makes it hard to focus on the actual content. It doesn’t have to be gorgeous, it just has to be clean.

All my favorite book blogs are on my blog roll to the right—I only list blogs I actually read and comment on. (Not as much as I should, but…) The only major blog missing is the amazing ladybusiness, which is a perfect example of what I’m talking about. I will update that list soon…

10 thoughts on “Booking Through Thursday: Blogs

  1. First of all: ♥

    Secondly, I look for pretty much all the same things as you in a blog. There are several bloggers I love whose reading tastes are completely different from mine, and so I don’t get book recommendations from them very often. But because they’re thoughtful and interesting, I don’t really care. Their reviews may not make me want to pick up the book in question, but they’re worth reading in and of themselves.

  2. I think having a blog that loads quickly and efficiently is good. No use having great reviews if the bells and whistles of the design take six days to load. 🙂

    I can understand about being burned out on a genre. It’s happened to me from time to time.

  3. Great answer. I agree with everything you said. It’s so easy to tell a reviewer who just writes a few things off the top of their head versus one who really thinks about what they’re reading and their reaction to it. I really appreciate the latter, and that’s the kind of review I’m going to be interested in reading.

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