Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: Our Responsibilities as Bloggers & Readers.
I went into this post not exactly sure what I would write, but it actually turned out pretty long, and I had a lot of fun writing it! I’ve never really thought about our responsibilities as bloggers and readers, and this post was a lot of me rambling along as I tried to explain my thoughts. But that’s a lot of my posts, so let’s just get into it!
What do you think is our responsibility as book bloggers?
Before I go into what I think our responsibilities as book bloggers, I just want to say one thing: Book blogging is a hobby. Blogging sure takes up a lot of time, but for book blogs like mine, you’re not earning money or anything.
I do think that our main responsibility as book bloggers though is to support books and authors. That’s why we can get ARCs and review copies in the first place. If a book blogger reads a book and likes it, and if they talk about it on their blog, then more people are likely to pick it up.
For example, I recently read The Henna Wars, by Adiba Jaigirdar, and it is now one of my favorite books. I read many positive reviews of this book, and that is why I bought it. If I wasn’t reading book blogs, then I never would have read the book.
That goes to show how much of an impact book bloggers have on how successful books are. Our reviews matter, and even though they aren’t always the most well-read posts, they are very important.
Related: My thoughts on book reviews
We also should be honest in our reviews, if we write reviews. Some bloggers choose to do fewer reviews, or no reviews at all, and that’s completely great! What you post is up to you; it’s your blog. Anyway, as I was saying: If I receive a review copy and I like it, I’m going to write everything that I enjoyed about it. If I receive a review copy that I didn’t like, I’m going to write my honest opinions on what I disliked. It is important to be truthful in our reviews, and I also think that to try to critique in a constructive way.
Don’t just write ‘this book is terrible and you shouldn’t read it.’ Write why you didn’t enjoy it, and why you don’t think other people should read it. For example, I read a book a few months ago called The American Twins of the Revolution, by Lucy Fitch Perkins. The story was okay, but the book really romanticized slavery, and there were a few other reasons that I’m not going to go into here. If you want to know, read the review linked above!
What do you think is our responsibility as readers?
Before I started this blog, I read more. Way more. But I don’t think that I was appreciating or thinking about the books as clearly. Now, I can look back and be like ‘oh, I read that book four months ago, and I thought blah blah blah about it, and I rated it X stars’
The thing is, pretty much my whole life as long as I’ve been reading, I’ve been trying to get other people to read. Meaning, at every chance I tell my friends and family to read certain books, and then read more books, and do a little happy dance every time I succeed in getting people to read. So, I guess my blog was a more productive extension of my endless desire to share my favorite books with the world.
But as readers, do we have any specific responsibilities? I’d say, that our most important responsibility is just to read. Yeah, we readers should read. If you have enough time to read a book a month, good for you! If you manage to read a book a day, wow, I’m impressed. You don’t have to read a certain number of books in a year, you don’t need to read the hyped books that everyone is talking about. If you’re a reader, read. Yes, you heard me right. Read.
Because in my opinion, reading should be fun. Reading should be a way to escape the world and carry yourself into another one. Reading should be magical, it should be amazing. There are lots of different ways to read, different books to read, but really, I think that our main responsibilities as readers is to read.
Should we have all these responsibilities?
I mean, looking over what I just wrote, I think I guess yes. For bloggers, I think that it is important for us to talk about books honestly, and to support books, authors and publishers. Book bloggers are an important part of the book community, and our blogs do have an impact.
Readers, well the only responsibility that I could come up with was to read. Readers, read. Not too hard, right?
Bloggers: book blogging is a hobby, and it shouldn’t be stressful. We should have fun reading books, then write about those books honestly. Our reviews, our posts have an impact on other readers and how well the books do, so even though it can seem as though blogs are less popular, book blogs are amazing, and book blogs are important!
Readers: read. Read. Read some more. If it’s 10 books, or 100, just read! Have fun with it, read books that you want to read, and read some more. If its audiobooks, ebooks or physical books, or historical fiction, fantasy or an autobiography, read. Books are amazing, and reading is great!
What do you think our responsiblities as book bloggers are? As readers? Do you have a career in book blogging? (or reviews and stuff, because if so then I guess I know what to answer with next time someone asks me what I wanna be when I grow up) Chat with me in the comments below!
P.S. I’m thinking of adding in a section at the end of each post where I spotlight a book and say a little about it! Let me know what you think in the comments, and here’s my example:
I finished reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before this afternoon, and I cannot wait to read the sequel.
The story was hilarious, fascinating, and so unique!
I loved reading about the relationship between the three sisters: Margot, Kitty, and Lara Jean.
Lara Jean is a wonderful protagonist, and I’m very excited to read more about her (except I can’t get it from the library)
Have you read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, by Jenny Han? I’ve heard so many people talk about it, and I don’t know why it took me so long to get to the book, because even though I don’t generally read ya romance, I one hundred percent recommend this novel too everyone out there.