What is the Best Book Review Website?
This seems like such an easy question to answer, but the bottom line is everyone’s tastes are different! There is never going to be one book review site that works for everyone. There is no magical answer to, “what is the best book review website?”
Your first goal should be to find a website or blog where the focus is in the genres you like to read. Do you read mostly high fantasy, romance, or non-fiction? This search criteria is a great place to start, even if you are looking to branch out of your comfort zone. Most book reviewers have a slightly broader scale of what genres they enjoy than an average reader. I think this is mostly because it keeps us on our toes and we don’t get burned out of the same thing over and over. Starting your search with one specific genre that a reviewer focuses on is a great start!
Every good book reviewer or blogger should have their own voice. If they are writing original opinions and views it should come across with the writers own special sound, just like an author has his or her own voice. Some voices are going to click with the reader and some are not.
Read and listen for the voice that works for you. There is such a huge variety of review websites and blogs out there. They range from short and sweet, long and snarky, and everything else in between. As you read different review styles you should begin to realize what works for you. If you find yourself skimming over sections of the review or questioning what the review actually has to offer in way of an opinion – you will likely need to keep looking.
Website presentation is another thing to consider. I have the attention span of a freaking toddler at times and so I know I personally cannot visit sites that have super bright flashy things all over or those weird mouse trailer things (the HORROR). My computer at home is also getting to be a bit of a dinosaur so I have to be careful about websites with a lot of fancy graphics. Although, many of the graphics are truly stunning it makes visiting the site a great trial of my patience. Of which I have none.
How does your best book review website provide new reviews to you? There are many many ways book review websites and book review blogs publish their new reviews or information. The most common ways are email, facebook, twitter, and Google+. There are good and bad things about each one of these options and most of it varies on how you personally use each one of these things.
Email is probably my personal favorite. This stems from two main reasons. I check my emails about 20 times a day so I get information quickly and reliably. I also like that I can leave things unread if it is something I wanted to go back and check out in more depth when I have more time or delete if I have already read it or wanted to skip it. If you only check your email once a week or once a month – email is probably not the best option for you.
Facebook is becoming an unknown. With so many changes to Facebook Pages you are highly unlikely to ever see the new posts by your favorite book review website even if you do Like it. This is a huge dilemma. Now Facebook does currently have an option for pages where you (supposedly) see every post. To do this you have to ensure that you modify every setting for every Facebook Page you like. You can do this by hovering above the Page’s post on the little down arrow on the right side and clicking “Get Notifications”. You can do the same thing by going to the actual Facebook Page and hovering over the “Liked” button as well. Now, currently this option is still available and does still seem to work, however there is no certainty that this will still be the case tomorrow or next year.
Twitter is certainly more reliable than Facebook, but can be a bit overwhelming if you are not careful. I love the List option of Twitter as this allows me to narrow down my feed for specific purposes.
Google+ is certainly reliable, but not all readers have Google+ or use it daily.
Some of the other ways you can follow a book review website, is by friending or following on Goodreads if you are a user and the blog or website has an account as well. This can be a little trickier for book review websites that have several reviewers, but many have the Goodreads option for each of their reviewers.
So, now we are left with the question of how the hell do you find these book review websites or blogs? The internet is a sea of information and it can be overwhelming and intimidating when you begin your search. One way is to search for interviews of your favorite author. This is a surprisingly efficient way of narrowing your search…unless you are looking for Stephen King or Anne Rice. Try to pick an author that is not one of the most popular ones of all time. Searching for these interviews will help begin your search to find the best book review website or best book review blogger for you! Finding someone that took the time to write an interview or spotlight one of your favorite author, likely enjoys the same kinds of books that you do.
Searching for reviews of books that you have already read and know that you like is another great trick. This allows you to search for people that have already read the same book and see if they liked it as well or if their review voice matches you.
I am only going to list two of my favorites because they stand out for their own reasons:
Rabid Reads – honestly this was one of the first blogs I stumbled upon several years ago before I started blogging. I found her through one of my favorite authors as Rabid Reads was hosting a giveaway for the author. I won the signed book. It was a sign. =) Rabid Reads also likes to keep it real and is great about giving you honest opinions. I have great respect for sites that do this. Rabid Reads focuses on Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. They have also branched out into web design and author services. So if you are an author looking for some help, I highly recommend her! You can check out Rabid Reads – HERE
I Smell Sheep – They are one baaaaad ass site. They rock interviews like no one else and have some of the most original content of any site out there. With brilliant humor and super fun giveaways they always have something worth checking out. I Smell Sheep focus on reviewing movies, comic books, and a variety of books! You can check out I Smell Sheep HERE.
I hope this helps you find the perfect and best book review website or best book review blog FOR YOU!
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