I was a reader long before I ever started reviewing books. The first book I can remember reviewing online was Most Eligible Bachelor (Men of Distinction Book 1) by Empi Baryeh in 2013 and I’ve been rocking on ever since.
Why do I review books, you ask? I’ll tell you (even if you didn’t) all in a handy top five list. Just so you know, my reasons are not in chronological order.
- It makes me feel like Ms. Oprah Winfrey when I post a review, especially on my blog. Okay so I don’t have as much influence as her (yet), nor do I have a stamp which tells the world that the book belongs in my book club, nor are NYT bestselling authors throwing themselves at me trying to get me to read their books, nor… None-the-less, It makes me feel the teensiest bit powerful, just like Ms. Winfrey.
- I get to share my opinions about a book with the world. I’ve had two friends voraciously recommended a series to me at two separate times- The Stephanie Plum stories by Janet Evanovich. When I got around to reading the recommended books and inevitably liked them they gloated. Big time. Sharing is caring right?
- I get to support writers who have labored over a story. It’s as if I’m part of their marketing team when I share a review.
- It’s fun, especially when the book is extraordinary. The review writes itself because I want to sing its praises to the world. And sometimes people in the world actually listen. When the book is average at best, the fun factor diminishes, but I still enjoy it.
- Sometimes, when I desire them and ask nicely, I get free books. Always a plus.
Why do you write book reviews?