Booking Through Thursday is a weekly meme in which we answer a question about books or reading.
This week the question is:
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?
And–what are your favorite book blogs?
Well, let’s see:
- I must like their style of writing.
- They must blog about books/genres that I’m interested in either personally or profesionally. As I am a high school librarian that makes almost every genre plus non-fiction interesting.
- I prefer short reviews, there are so many to read and long rambling reviews takes too long. I also like orderly reviews, that means that the title, author, pages, genre are easy to find. And, I like to know if the blogger actually liked the book, sometimes you’re left wondering. Above all, be honest.
- Funny is a bonus.
- I like my book bloggers to post personal posts about other things than books, I like to see that there’s a real person behind the words. The other subjects people blog about might not interest me much, depending on what it is, but I still like those other posts to appear now and then.
- I like memes, can’t help it. But, there’s a limit to this. Some book bloggers seem to participate in every meme under the sun, and post almost nothing else, those I quickly leave. A good book blog doesn’t need new posts every day as long as the ones that turn up are worth reading.
- Giveaways – maybe now and then. Too many giveaways feels like a hassle.
- Layout and looks don’t matter much as I use GoogleReader to read almost every blog I follow. I only see what the blogs look like when I go in to comment something. In general I like them best if they are personal and not totally filled up with ads.
My favorite book blogs, uh. I follow way to many book blogs, this is just a few of them:
- In English: At home with books, Bookshelves of Doom, Mark reads, My bookshelf, Nashville Book Worm, SFF Chat, Reading matters, Savidge Reads, Rulethewaves.net, Worlds Without End
- In Norwegian: Av en annen verden, Bibliotekaren din, Bibliotekarene anbefaler, Bokstavelig talt, Bøker, bibliotek og annet babbel, Dipsolitteraten, Elis lesebabbel, Elikkens bokhylle, Flukten fra virkeligheten, Ikke bare ei bok, Julies bokbabbel, Kasiopeiias bøker, Les mye, Migrating Coconuts, The Witch of the North