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Every morning, I wake up, grab breakfast, and log on to Bloglovin’. I use that site to keep track of the 500+ (that’s not an exaggeration) blogs that I follow. The overwhelming majority of those blogs post book reviews. Some post reviews occasionally, and some post several reviews a day. I love reading reviews, but there’s no possible way that I can get through that many. I end up scrolling past hundreds of them every morning.
So, what makes me stop scrolling and click on one? Here are 10 things that get my attention.
1. A picture of the book cover: My Bloglovin’ feed displays a post title, a picture, and the first few sentences of the post. If the picture is of the book cover, I’m more likely to click on the review. I love books, so covers tend to get my attention immediately.
2. The word “Review” in the post title: I want to know that I’m clicking on a review and not a book haul, tag, synopsis, or something else.
3. A book that I’ve already read: I like to read reviews of books I’ve already read. I’m interested in knowing what other people think about the book.
4. A book that everybody is talking about: If I see multiple posts about a book from different bloggers, I’ll probably get curious enough to click on a few of the reviews.
5. A book with an epic cover: I judge books by their covers all the time. Seeing a cool cover will make me click on a review.
6. A blogger I trust: I’ve discovered a few bloggers who have very similar reading tastes to me. I tend to read their reviews because I’ll probably agree with them.
7. An author I like: I’m always interested in reading reviews of books written by my favorite authors, whether I’ve read the book or not.
8. An ARC review: I want to know about the books that are coming out soon. Seeing “ARC Review” in the title of a post will grab my attention.
9. A book that I’m mildly curious about: Maybe I’ve seen the book on Goodreads a few times, but I don’t know much about it. I’ll read reviews to see if it’s something that interests me.
10. A book that I want to read: If I know that I want to read a book, I’ll skim reviews of it. I don’t look too closely at the review because I’m afraid of spoilers, but I do want to know what the reviewer thought of the book.
What about you? What makes you read a book review?