Thursday, January 8, 2009

Here's a question for you

Are the book reviews working for you? Maybe yesterday's just wasn't all that interesting or helpful. Maybe I need to pick some better books--more obscure? more popular? Maybe I need to use a different format. Any input from y'all out there in blogland. I'd like to make this into something helpful that you want to check out.

Should it just be recommendations? 

Let me know what you think.

11 comments:

Justus M. Bowman said...

I have mixed feelings about it. One on hand, I rarely read book reviews. On the other hand (my right hand this time), I think book reviews are helpful for a lot of people

I read your The Tales of Beedle the Bard review. The reason I didn't comment is because I'm not a J.K. Rowling enthusiast.

Well, that's my take. Hopefully someone more reviewy can give you a different opinion.

beth said...

Eep! I am having trouble accessing my blog list from my home computer (and therefore having trouble updating to the new address), so I have forgotten to check back here as often as I used to! I am going to update my blog list from work soon, so that should fix that problem!!

Lady Glamis said...

Lois, I like your book reviews. Honestly, though, I don't read books very much right now, so although the reviews are nice to read, I already have such a long list of ones I want to read, that I rarely add more to that list. It sucks to read so slow. I think if I had a Kindle, I might think differently about reading...

I don't read much while I'm writing. But Monarch is almost done, so that means more reading time!

I can't tell you if you should keep up with the book reviews or not. I certainly marvel at how much you read, and I think it's great, but on the other hand, I'll usually just skim a review if it's not a book I would pick up in the bookstore.

Maybe we can chat more about this later! Hope to see you online today.

lotusgirl said...

Thanks for the comments. I like doing the reviews, but I think it is a hit or miss kind of thing. They were for family and friends as much as anything and they're not as good about commenting as fellow writers. I'm not sure my mom has even figured the commenting part out yet, since she still hasn't commented. I appreciate that she reads though.

JaneyV said...

I certainly read review if the book is something I would fancy anyway. I tend to read most YA reviews I come across because that's what I mostly read and it's what I write. I enjoyed your reviews from yesterdays post. I think you hit the right note of summary, brief thoughts and reaction without losing the interest of the reader. Thumbs up from me.

On another note, even though I have you on my blog feed I didn't get a notification about the review post. I don't know why that happens sometimes but it does. This may explain why you have less traffic than usual.

lotusgirl said...

Thanks for the heads up Janey! I'm glad you like the reviews.

Gottawrite Girl said...

Good question.... I guess what I get hung up on, is if I've not read the book. Then I start feeling unsure about what to comment... does that make sense? I am grateful for your input, always, but sometimes feel better "qualified" to comment when I've actually read the book-up-at-bat!

lotusgirl said...

Good point GWG. I hadn't thought of that.

spinregina said...

Hey, I put a comment in here and it never showed up. Let me try again. In a nutshell, what I said was I typically don't read book reviews. Only ones I do read are in the national papers. Don't know why. No real reason.

But I do LOVE your blog. You're like a friend I didn't know I had.

PJ Hoover said...

Your reviews work for me. I would do whatever you feel comfortable with!
Actually, your review of BTB makes me actually want to read it (which I previously didn't).

lotusgirl said...

Kristen, you are completely a friend I didn't know I had that I discovered through blogging. You're one of the first ones I made. I love it when you stop by.

PJ, I'm glad the book reviews work for you. I think I will keep doing them. As for BTB, if you liked the HP books, this one is fun. Dumbledore's comments cracked me up.