Why Do You Review?

Hello ladies and gentlemen!

Have you ever wondered about it? Why do we bother to review? Whether it’s books, movies, consumables, or anything we possess, reviewing everything and anything is something that has become extremely recrudescent in our time.

But our reasons to sharing our thoughts with everyone else isn’t always the same from one person to another. That would just be boring, right? 😉

Here’s some of my reasons why I do what I do.


memorypalace

I’m not even going to lie. One of my own biggest reason for reviewing books is to have this palace where everything I thought about something is collected. The mind is a tricky thing and it won’t abide to your desires unless you do something about it. Reviewing everything I read (even if it’s just a sentence long)—on this blog, but especially on Goodreads—is my way to treat my future self with historical documentation to reflect upon when consumed by an urge to remember what he once thought of something. Enjoy, my friend! 😁

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writingdevelopment

You probably cringed hard at the very idea of it. I know I did. At this very moment I have no desire to read any of my earlier reviews. I can’t imagine how ridiculous they are, especially in terms of style. But one of the reasons I do review is to keep myself mentally stimulated and to ultimately improve my writing style through repetition. After all, the more you write, the better you get at it. I’m sure in a couple of years when I finally decide to look back at my vocabulary, grammar, syntax and what not, I’ll have a good laugh at my myself. 🤣

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readeraltruism

This is pretty simple. You don’t realize it till after it happens. It all comes down to the principles of hedonism. Don’t we all agree that we live to increase pleasure and avoid pain? This is applied subconsciously throughout the whole reviewing world! We write to either help others avoid some of the worst possible experiences they could go through or encourage everyone to try some of the best ones we’ve been through. Yep. Pure altruism. We want to be as sure as possible of what we are about to get ourselves into! Then again, everything is very subjective and nothing is guaranteed. 😉


solidarity

Not going to lie. It’s a helluva feeling when you find other readers who have loved the same books that you did. Mutually reinforcing that love with constant bickering about the awesomeness of something is just plain awesome. Yes! Together we squirm with love! But hey! It’s also just as fun to hate on something together. Oh, yes. I find it really cathartic when I’m not alone in my hate and am able to scream it all out with complete validation coming from the other end. 😏


reputation

Reviewing books is also how we build a book’s and an author’s reputation. With every positive review being spread out into the world (real-life and virtual), we encourage the purchase of another copy. Reviewing is also the way self-published authors get to be known and build their careers. It’s why book reviewers are of such importance in the marketing era that we live in today. All social medias play a role that definitely was almost inexistent a couple of years ago!


voice

Simple, right? We all have a voice. Maybe in real life you prefer to keep it to yourself, but online? You can let it roar and echo against all the virtual walls out there. And the best part? Only those interested will listen. Say what you want to say and don’t let nobody suppress it. A voice is a precious thing and it can go a long way toward getting things done.


What about you?

Why do you review?

What makes you wake up one day and decide that today is a good day to write one up?

Until next time,

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  • “recrudescent ”
    Dude, I had to actually go look that word up, nice job!

    And double yay for Krillin and sexy Cyborg. There is indeed hope for everyone 😀

    I agree with all your points, some more than others, mainly because I don’t care about a couple. For example, writing development. I don’t care two beans about my writing development, except as how it impacts my excoriating of an author for writing like a highschooler 😀

    But memory palace? Biggest reason I have. I tend to write a review within 24hrs of finishing a book. I might not post it for another week, but it has been written while the flames, or interest, or at least memory, are hot. If I don’t, I end up with reviews like “Eh, don’t remember, don’t care, try it yourself”. Surprisingly, posts like that don’t get me the thousands of daily views that I expect since I’m a pretty big thing in the blogging world now 😉
    hahahahahahahahahahahaa.

    This was a great post and it is good to see some non-review stuff from you. Trust you’re not being overwhelmed by life…

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    • Hahahah it might actually have something to do with me using it in French often in the past and just mindlessly using it here too. I had to double-check to make sure if it was even a word in English thanks to you hahah 😀

      I don’t think you write like a highschooler though hahah you tend to say some truly creative things that no other writer would have ever thought of! 😛

      Yep, I had a feeling you’d give that one a lot of importance. Hahahhahah I’m sure if you only had one word review, you’d still get peepz dropping by to check it out, and then wonder why or just laugh at it all. 😛

      Oh man, it has definitely been overwhelming. I haven’t done much blogging or even reading during April. Tough decision to make, and the difference is huge. I’m back now and I’m definitely excited to get back to it.

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    • Thank you so much! Realizing that is pretty awesome, isn’t it? I remember way back then, before blogging, it’s even more beautiful for people who started to read to only improve their speaking/writing/reading skills only to then fall in love with books. 😀

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  • I noticed that i keep forgetting books i’ve read years ago. Now that i review them, i’m sort of forced to take notes. So that i can refer back to them later and remember what they were about.

    I also don’t have that many people IRL to talk to about books. When i post my reviews, i get to “meet” people who are also interested in the same stuff 🙂

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    • Tell me about it… I sometimes randomly look at my bookshelf and fall upon books I know I’ve read yet couldn’t summarize them to save my life. Reviewing a book after finishing them seems so natural and mandatory for me now, and actually fun to do too!

      I totally agree. None of my friends (except my co-blogger) read books as much as I do, and finding those who read the same stuff as I do? Couldn’t have found any other way to make things THAT much more harder hahahah

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  • Oh Lashaan, I love this post SO much! I really like reviewing books to remember how I felt about a certain story, when I read it, to eventually go back on these feelings and see how they change, grew whenever I want to re-read the book, etc. I also like to keep track of my reads, in a way. And yes, it is fascinating to write reviews and see how our writing style change, grows and everything else. I know my way of writing reviews have changed a whole lot since I started blogging and writing reviews haha 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Marie! Yes! I don’t do re-reads right now cause I feel like there’s too many books I still need to experience for the first time before I put time into re-reading the ones I’ve already read, but I do plan to re-read in the future to see how my thoughts change or stay the same over the years! Especially the stories that have morals! Seeing how we look at these morals and understand them after years of experience in life is truly amazing! 😀

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  • Brilliant post. It’s so important to know why we review something. It helps shape our style and it can really have an impact on the words we choose. Very eye opening. I’m sharing this on FB and Twitter today.

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  • I review to help other readers make up their minds first and foremost. The I review to help authors I love be more visible (it can be a good or a bad review). Then I review to challenge my English knowledge 😉

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    • Yaaas!! I know for sure that reviews from everyone out here have more impact on me than any official review from big time review websites or even salespeepz in bookstores! 😛

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  • Great post Lashaan, I love reviewing and talking about books (although I’m really behind on my reviews at the moment but we won’t talk about that now). The main reason I actually started my blog was the solidarity, I wanted to speak to other people more about the books I was reading and loving. Now I think I like knowing that I could be introducing someone to a book or genre or author they may not have considered before, or warning them away from one! 😀
    Again great post. 🙂 ❤

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    • Thank you so much Beth! ❤ I won't deny that love of yours! 😉 You definitely show it throughout your reviews. I totally relate! I mean… it's hell just finding real-life bookworms that share the same kind of love for books right? Blogging definitely opened that world for ours in ways that nothing else could have!

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      • That’s all right, and oh that’s good to hear! 🙂 ❤️ Yeah when I can read as fast as I can too none of my friends could keep up with me, and they hate spoilers so it involved a lot of walking on eggshells trying to talk about books with them. 🙂

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  • Love this post! I started reviewing for my own memory palace, after I had a few occasions of buying a book I’d already purchased and read. But then it grew to encompass more similar to some of your points. I find I make more connections and can recommend books better to other readers now, and hopefully help others find books that will work for them. Great job as always, Lashaan!

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    • Thank you soooo much Nicole!!! Yaass! And that actually reminds me of how I got multiple copies of the same unread book too. They are however used books that came into my hands free or at insanely cheap prices, so it didn’t bother me that much! 😛 Being able to recommend better is a really interesting point! Reviewing books definitely helps improve that when I think about it!

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  • I heart this big time ❤ And could probably come up with a million (well maybe not actually a million) reasons I review, but the two biggest for me are the creative outlet and the sense of community. I love to write and cannot bring myself to put pen to paper long enough to stick with a potential book (maybe one day) so this helps feed that desire in small, manageable doses. Being chronically ill and feeling isolated a lot, the community is a huge benefit. I am given the chance to feel connected and share that mutual love in a manner that ideal and well, doable for me 😉 I think you have it all covered.

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    • Awwn yes, those are definitely excellent reasons! I didn’t know about my need for an outlet till my first reviews too. Once I did them, I couldn’t stop. It made me realize how much heart I could put into words and share with everyone (sort of explains why some of my reviews are soooo long too hahaha)! Well, I’m glad that you chose to blog to share your love, Danielle! Wouldn’t know what to do without it, or without you putting your heart into what you share with us! 😀 😀 ❤

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  • Love this! I think the memory thing is definitely one of my reasons, especially when it comes to series. Not just that I read it before but what the book was actually about. Although sometimes I get mad at myself for not giving enough spoiler-ish details because then I don’t remember what happened when it’s time to go to the next book.

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    • I completely agree! It’s why I love authors who give us a recap before starting a sequel or brilliantly incorporate past events within the narrative to help us remember! And yes! The balance between spoiler and non-spoiler review is not easy (and also time consuming), but wow, it can definitely come in handy!!

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  • Love this post, Lashaan! I review books to share my love for books. They’re like my reading journal. The best thing is book chatting with others who share similar thoughts. And yeah, it does improve your writing skills. I cringe every time I look at my old reviews.

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    • Thank you Raven! Sharing that love is definitely an important one! It’s even more rewarding when that love is returned by others!!! Oh yeh, it’s why I don’t revisit my older reviews too soon hahaha It’s also why I don’t read my newer reviews after publishing them for quite a while!!! 😛

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  • I review for much of the same reasons as well. The main one for me is your first: memory palace, though I didn’t think of it that way. I just wanted to create a reading journal for myself and decided to do it with my blog. It wasn’t the original idea for my blog but one that developed after following a blogger on here who’s retired and often says in his posts that he wished he’d recorded his thoughts about books he read when he was younger. That’s what inspired me to discuss all the books I read on my blog.
    And yup, it does help with writing development. I reread my old reviews, lol. They’re not always great, but it’s good to see how much I’ve grown.

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    • A reading journal! It would’ve have been the other way I’d had seen it too. I wanted to go with the known term of a memory palace (used by Sherlock Holmes) cause I have a collector’s personality and over time reviewing books has fallen to that spell. So now I collect reviews (that I write) and love the idea that I can look back at what I once thought and be critical about how I thought and all hahahah

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  • I review things mostly because I enjoy doing it. But also because as someone who is trying to break into the novel industry myself, trying to analyze why some stories work and why others don’t can be good mental exercise in and of itself. It’s also fun to interact with other bloggers with similar interests, even if I haven’t had as much time to do so as I would like lately.

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    • That’s a nice reason, to review to analyze books and help yourself in your own writing endeavours. I can definitely see how it helps too. Hope you do find more time though! You always sound so super busy!

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      • Right now the main thing slowing me down is my new job. I’m planning on getting a house closer to it sometime after I pass my probationary period. And once that happens, it’ll be easier to slip the little things in.

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  • It’s the same for me too! I’d like to have a digital shelf where I store my books for the world to see, and writing practice is the main reason why I review books, english is not my mother language and I was so sooo bad at it, but reading review and practice it make me so much better (although you could still see mistakes here and there but believe it’s so much better). The other reason is, I love to “force” people to read books that I like so a review probably help.

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    • A digital shelf for the world to see! That is one of the reasons why I don’t real ebooks hahahah I love my bookshelves too much to think of making it virtual! At least Goodreads is my sort-of digital library though. 😀 Oh, over the years you’ll definitely see the differences in your writing skill and that’s what is truly motivating! Hahahaha keep on forcing them! They won’t know what they’re missing out on till they try it out, right? 😀 😀

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    • Hahaha glad to let you know of a bunch of reasons why we all review! 😀 Memory like a sieve! That’s such a nice image hahah Reviewing sure does help partly fix that, doesn’t it?

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  • Lovely post.
    I review so that I can analyse what I have read, initially I would have conversations with myself in my head, it sounded crazy enough, so I started reviewing on paper/blog, to see how crazy does it read…

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    • Thank you so much Shalini! I only realized how much I love to analyze what I read after reviewing for the first time on Bookidote too. Hahahah Well, now, reviewing out here lets you share that craziness with all of us. ❤

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  • I reviewed before I started blogging so it was to create my own little memory palace but that obviously wasn’t enough. I wanted more :-). I also wanted to talk to people about the books that I read and that I feel enthusiastic about and tell others to read certain books. It’s so great to be able to share with people who are actually interested 🙂

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  • Love the post, and I do agree about having the memory palace and the writing development. I cringe every time I read my older reviews, but at the same time there’s that incredible feeling reading the progresses you’ve made, however small it was. And it’s always nice to be reminded of all the books you’ve read before.

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    • Thank you so much! I totally agree. Something about that improvement makes me want to keep on writing. 😛 And yass! The collection of reviews is something I hold sooo dear to me! 😀

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  • I agree with writing for memory. When I started on Goodreads I would rate books I completed but, I wouldn’t necessarily review them. Now, I look back and think “why would I rate that 2 stars and NOT SAY WHY?!?!” So frustrating! I also love the feeling of getting some love out there to some amazing authors! I love the feeling of seeing that people clicked on a link for a book that I really enjoyed! 💖🍻

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    • Hahahahah I knowww! I used to do this thing that almost everyone does on Goodreads too: “To be reviewed” and barely leave anything said besides that and when I now land upon those books I 100% facepalm hahaha 😀 Yaaaas! I love when someone reads a book I loved after reading my review too. That is such an amazing feeling, especially since I don’t really got any real life bookworm buddies to do that too hahaha 😀

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  • Confession time: I sometimes do actually read my old reviews and find them better than the ones I write now and then I go on a downward spiral about how and why that could happen? But then again, I also think I am improving in other areas and not all reviews are the same anyway.
    This was such a relatable post. I can definitely find myself in all of those reasons and it’s really astonishing how much I sometimes forget about a book. That really short one-liner on Goodreads or so can help a lot haha

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    • That’s interesting, but also soooooo true. No two review are ever the same, and probably pretty hard to compare all of them between each other. Sometimes you just use words and expressions more often than other times and can’t help yourself too!

      Hahahah yaas! Goodreads is my personal Facebook too. And everything on it is so precious, even those one-liner reviews hahaha

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  • Memory is the big one for me. I love having something I can come back to and refresh my memory on a book. Even if it doesn’t cover everything I was thinking at the time, all my thoughts on the book do tend to flood back once I remind myself of the key points that struck me the most.

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    • Agreed! That is definitely most useful for series, especially the fantasy books that are over 100000 pages! It’s why I like to have longer reviews too. 😀

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    • No worries, Nicki!! I really appreciate that you shared this on your blog. ❤ Triple yes to a memory palace! It's so nice to have that place to go to where you can find all the books you loved so much and be reminded WHY you loved them so much! 😀

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  • Very thought provoking (and eye catching, using an image from one of my absolute cinematic faves, that James Cameron masterpiece – Aliens – gave me the nerd buzz) my friend and wonderful to hear your reasons for reviewing. Much of those mirror my own, particularly the mental stimulation and writing development aspects but I also find it to be an enjoyable outlet for my many geek passions and the chance to interact with like-minded individuals such as yourself!

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    • Thanks Chris. I got to admit that your own reviews help me strive to better my own hahah You have quite the writing talent and am surprised that you don’t have books (or even comic books) under your belt! 😛 And 100% agree with chatting with like-minded folks on things we love. It’s near impossible to find them in real life, the blogging platform definitely makes it easier! 😀

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  • What a fabulous post!! I love the idea of a memory palace- I hadn’t thought of it quite like that before. hehe I do hope it’s improved my writing too 😉 And I really do hope my reviews have helped other readers too and I love the solidarity! And it’s great to think that we’re helping promote authors work 😀 Love this post!!

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  • To your question as to what makes me wake up one day and decide that today is a good day to write a review up I must say…deadlines. Cringeworthy, I know, but more often than not, I’m rebelling against our blogging schedule so I always put together last minute reviews. But as to why I actually review, it’s because I want people to know I read a book ad I loved it, so they should give it a chance too? So it’s basically to share bookish love. Agree with all you’ve said here to, especially the memory palace point! Great post!

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    • Oh nooo… I wish it wasn’t the case! You should totally be able to post whenever you want and be able to share your thoughts without having any pressure on you (even if it’s in the form of time!). Being able to tell others about the books we love so that they in turn end up loving it is definitely a point! It’s always nice to find folks who love the same things as you do. Especially if you introduce them to those things! 😀 Thank you so much Ruzaika!! ❤

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  • Great post, Lashaan! There are some really insightful thoughts here. I never considered altruism, but you’re right. There’s a bit of wanting to be happy and feel appreciated and loved inside all of us bloggers, I assume. I’ve also seen a lot of development in my writing, but that isn’t a reason I review. It’s interesting to see all my past reviews and how I’ve grown and changed. But I don’t think that evolution motivates me. Instead, I want the conversation. I crave the ability to interact with other people and discuss bookish things. It’s what keeps me going. And also what makes my absence so challenging to deal with!

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    • Thank you Jackie! Oh I totally understand. The interaction is a huge bonus for me. Reviewing is something I do more for me first and everything that comes from it is the bonus that makes me love it so much, which includes comments from all of y’all. Over the years it made me love seeing genuine thoughts from you guys and things that sometimes even make me reflect on the things I read or choose to read! 😀

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  • What a great post, Lashaan!💜💯🌠 I would have to say I review products such as books and other goodies because I really like putting my opinion out there and being part of an online community like ours!💙💖💙 I also definitely love the benefit of receiving free goods for my review! Whether it be books or something for my house,I like to get the benefit of getting an item for giving my opinion and also giving me the opportunity to meet new people.

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    • Dani!!!! How have you been? It feels like it has been forever!!! 😮 I hope all the issues you’ve been having outside the blog have been slowly dealt with and peace has settled in for you and your family! And that’s a nice honest reason hahaha I do love all the free goodies that came with blogging. It is nice to feel appreciated!! 😀 ❤ Thank you for dropping by, Dani!!!

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      • I have missed y’all! I have been thinking about Trang a lot too!💜 I hope you both are well.😍 Things are going and I’m doing better health wise so that’s what counts! Yay!💃💜 It feels like forever since we talked. Way too long especially for commenting on one of the best blogs out there! You guys ROCK !🎸✌😎 Sending lots of LOVE your way.💙

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  • Excellent post! 😀 I’d have to agree with all of these, especially memory palace and spreading the love for books and authors I’ve enjoyed. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much!!! Yasss! A palace filled with all those thoughts you once had for books is definitely a place I’ll always cherish. ❤ And to be able to share the love with everyone for the books and authors in the process too??? Sign me up!! 😀

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  • I’ve decided to do my blurts so I can list the books I’ve read. However, I can do more blurting since I haven’t always memorialized all the books I’ve read. I just prefer to write other things than reviews I guess.

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  • Hey Lashaan! This is such a great post… and yeah it’s been sitting here in feedly because I thought I caught it in the computer but turns out I hadn’t?! 😆😩🤨
    Anyway, I’ve reviewed since I was in high school but I didn’t do it to share with anyone… I actually rewrote the bits of story that didn’t make sense with the character. lol I wrote it in books and didn’t give it another thought. I blog because an editor I trust said I needed to… so here I am.
    I do love the memory palace reason and the writing better and well all of them. There are so many benefits that I’m so glad I made that decision to listen. 😉

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    • Hhahahh hey Dani! Thank you so much. So cool that Feedly actually helps that much. 😀 I might have to really look into its advantages and see if I make good use of it too. And that’s very interesting. Your editor told you that you NEEDED to? Is it because it forced you to analyze books and learn from other people’s work (what made their book good or bad)? Not surprised that you rewrote stories as a kid too. I mean, you’re still doing it today with your “how to fix” type of reviews hahahaah

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  • Haha you have the best choice of GIFs ever! Aliens and Goodfellas …such great movies 🙂 I like to review because it means I can discuss the books I love (& hate) with like minded people. Unfortunately I have yet to meet a SF & F book lover in real life.

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  • Hrmmm me?

    The reasons why I review probably fall into two categories:

    1) My memory sucks and therefore, I’m more likely to recall a book if I review it. Helps a lot when I read a sequel a long time after I read the first book.
    2) As an indie author myself, I know it’s really hard to get reviews and even harder to get noticed among so many other books. At least 1 more review gives the author cred, whether the review is positive or negative. Somestimes, bad reviews help the author a lot because people wante to see what the fuss is really about or perhaps the reason behind the bad review is a “not my cup of tea” to me might be someone else’s goal in a book. I personally don’t care too much for overly descriptive flowery prose that slows the story down. Other people find my YA fantasy novel tastes to be pedestrian. Ketchup, Catsup, same, same.

    Just keep reading & reviewing!

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    • I totally agree about reviews helping us for books that are part of a series. I can’t imagine if I had to go through a 10 books series without reviewing them AND reading them every year on release… I understand what you mean. I feel that reviews will always be helpful, unless the person is attacking the author in them. Being able to put in a word or two on a book gives that book, and that author, a huge boost by potentially helping others giving it a shot too. It’s why reviewers are so precious nowadays. It’s not just the mouth to ear anymore. It’s all on the Internet! 😀 Thank you for reading, Nancy. 🙂

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  • hello Lashaan, I’m about to post my first book review and your post has encouraged me to go all out.Sharing our ideas and thought on books does go a long way..Thank you!

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    • Hi Sellali, so sorry for the late reply, it must have blown by me and got lost with all the other notifications. I am really glad that this post got your motivation going haywire though! I do hope your journey will be one of the most memorable ones! Happy reading! 😉

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  • Great post! I definitely review films simply to get my thoughts organised and out of my head but never really thought of it like this! It also forces me to really think about the film I’m reviewing, I find it really rewarding!

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    • Thank you so much Maria! If I didn’t have a passion for books, I would have totally the same as you for movies/shows. I’ve seen so many of them throughout my life and had no one to share it with or to properly structure why I loved/hated about them. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed this though. Keep on reviewin’! 😀

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