Recently, I have found myself reading articles on websites such as 'The Guardian' about book bloggers and how much criticism they can come under. Book bloggers are both seen as an important group of people who help keep the world of books alive and yet, unprofessional critics: we can be swayed by the latest book-hype and easily convinced to give a good book review by publishers.
Of course, I love receiving review copies of books. Not only are they free, but it's great to see a publisher giving you a copy because they want to read your thoughts. They trust you enough to make an honest judgement and not be swayed. If not to offer constructive feedback, why are we here? Not only to celebrate great books, but make good books even better. Bloggers are not meant to be professional but that also does not mean what we say should be over-looked. The thing that is great about all this is that our opinions are not. So, we do see reviews from 'The Telegraph' and 'The Daily Mail' on the covers of many books but you can also find reviews from bloggers there too. Writers for newspapers are professional and in many ways, so are we. Our reviews are honest, as many of our Review Archive's state that we take books in return for an honest review(This is what I say when I contact a publisher asking for an ARC) and we do all we can to spread the word about books. In all honesty, we're like free advertising. What publisher would deny that opportunity?
On the subject of publishers, we help them. I accept books from HarperCollins, a very well-known publisher company to Nosy Crow an independent yet confident publisher that I love to get involved with. Without bloggers, how would people find out about their company? Teens like to talk - and bloggers are no different!
Book bloggers are likely to be the younger generation, the next: authors, booksellers, publishers. We are the one's who will work in publishing as that love for books will always be there. There are so many projects set up to try and get more young people reading, as it has become 'un-cool' to enjoy a book. We are young people who enjoy reading yet, we're criticised for it? We shouldn't be. Bloggers are really important as we are a younger voice is publishing. We read books for our age group because who else can review Teen fiction like the teens? It is our thing to make reading fun. When you visit one of our blogs or scroll down our twitter-feed, all you can see is what is called book-hype. Us getting excited about a good book, involving the whole blogging-community in our chat and spreading links to reviews across Twitter. No one is more enthustiastic about reading than the bloggers. Who else jumps-up-and-down when they get a book-sized package?
I just sent a tweet talking about 'The Hunger Games' with fellow blogging- buddies:
"WHO IS HANGING OUT IN HAWAII WITH PEETA?"
Wouldn't you want to be involved in our conversation about books?
Bloggers are the reason many books make it from page to screen. People go out and buy the book, read it and may suggest it to a few friends but, young book reviewers never stop there. We post reviews, spend hours tweeting about it, write a blog post and through that, more people who are passionate about books go and pick it up. Once they've read it, they will then post their review. The blogging community is a big one, and the latest success has been 'The Fifth Wave'. After seeing a lot of positive reviews, I decided to go and buy myself a copy and I'm starting to spot it appearing on many bestseller lists.
The truth is, bloggers continue a positive love for books. Young book bloggers make their reviews understandable for their age group, their blogs interesting and eye-catching and make reading be the best thing to do on a summers day. We give all genres, within our age range a go so we do attempt to spread the book love everywhere and we have a community. All of us go to signings at different points or just have a quick chat on Twitter. Book bloggers are important because we are the next generation of readers and write age-appropriate reviews.
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