Book Discussion : Why Reviews are Important


Hello, everyone! Today I’m here to chat with you all on a very serious matter (at least for me) – why reviews are important and why we shouldn’t ignore them!!!

First of all, I enjoy writing reviews quite a lot (especially if they are rants or on books I adored), so this post might be a bit biased, that’s why I’ll wait for all your opinions on this subject in the comments.


I really love reading reviews from other bloggers as well because of the following reasons :


#1 :

I discover new books.


I think this one is pretty obvious, but I’ve discovered some of my most favourite books from other people’s reviews. It happens all the time, you might meet your next favourite read while reading other people’s reviews.


#2 :

I get to see what other people are into.


I don’t know about you, but I’m really interested in my fellow followers’ tastes. I’m always looking to expand my reading to other genres & authors and it’s absolutely amazing when you have a sense of what everyone likes because you can ask them for recommendations if you get the urge to explore a new genre… Think on it!


#3 :

I genuinely think reviews are very interesting.


Now I know this might be an unpopular opinion, but I really think they are really interesting. You get to see other people fangirl about books (which is my favourite activity and also makes things so much more relatable) or rant about them (which is delicious, don’t say you don’t love rants). You get to be excited with them in the comments, there’s just so much excitement to reviews.


#4 :

Negative Reviews help me avoid books I’d hate.


This one is so huge for me because sometimes reviews raise very important points about bad representation or about awful characters or lack of plot or just things that you know you won’t like. Therefore, reviews help you not waste your time on books you’d absolutely despise. For example, I still haven’t read Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth because of how many people called it racist. I’ve read their reviews and I’ve got to agree with them. Not having read those reviews and directly reading this book would have probably resulted in a one star rating and a very annoyed me. So, go reviews!!!


#5 :

People put a lot of work and time into writing them.


You might think ‘Marty, that’s not a reason for us to read them. if they’re not fun, it doesn’t matter how much work the reviewer put into writing them’, buuut if nobody reads reviews because they aren’t as fun as tags or discussions, will people keep on writing them? Will we find out new books as easily as we do right now? You might say ‘yes’ because we have Goodreads or there’re other posts on people’s blogs from where we can get recommendations. But 1) some people don’t use Goodreads; 2) yes, you can, but usually when people talk about books on tags or other fun posts, the descriptions are short and you might not get a very clear idea on the book.

So, let’s show more love to the book reviews our fellow favourites blogger post, what do you say?


What do you think about reviews? Do you find them less enjoyable than other posts? Also, do you love writing them?

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34 thoughts on “Book Discussion : Why Reviews are Important

  1. Raven @ Dreamy Addictions says:

    Great post! I love writing reviews and also checking out others reviews on books. It definitely makes us aware of new books that we haven’t heard of. To be honest, I enjoy reading review posts more than other bookish posts. I don’t follow book blogs that does only book tags and book discussions.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Thank you very much! ❤ I know what you mean, I think book tags can be very funny and interesting because you find out more things about the blogger, but reviews are more important to me too. Usually reviews are the ones that convince me to read a book I barely heard of and not tags or other types of posts! ❤

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  2. Saturday Nite Reader says:

    This is an awesome post. Before I started writing reviews, I would look to goodreads to see what everyone was raving about. I do find that once you find someone who has the same book interests as you, its really easy to click and you trust their reviews more so a strangers. I am not a trained writer, and usually write like I talk so my reviews are not elegant, but I feel like they are honest and I love reading all sorts of reviews as I learn new perspective.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Same here! I love to check Goodreads to see what other people thought about the book, if I missed any important points or anything along these lines. I agree with you, I don’t think reviews should look any way besides being honest and inspiring other people to look up the book. Thank you very much! ❤

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  3. jerich (onereader) says:

    This is a great discussion Marty! I also did the same and read a lot of reviews of other bloggers to find what I love and hate to read especially the reason #5, as a reviewer myself I know that it isn’t easy at all, so I really read the post to appreciate the hard work. 😉

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I’m going to check your post right now. Yes, it’s so cool to see how people reacted to a certain book, especially if it’s a book you’ve already read and you can relate to them or reconsider your stance on the book. ❤

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  4. lissa says:

    I agreed with all your points. reviews are useful and I would always read reviews before deciding on a book. though sometimes I find some reviews to be useless when the reviewer gush about the book and never point out the bad parts. negative reviews are the most helpful because I know right away if I want to read the book base on them.

    I just wish some reviewers would talk about books without all the book terms which I sometimes knows about because I read a lot of book blogs but mostly I don’t.

    have a lovely day.

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I agree with you, negative reviews are very important and they influenced my decision to read or not read a book quite often.
      Ah, what terms are you referring to? I would like to know for future reference.
      Thank you, you too! ❤


  5. Marie says:

    I LOVE this post so much. Reviews are so important and too often overlooked, or… I don’t know, I am just so sad they are not that popular. They deserve to be! I am always trying to read reviews to give them some love and also because they are SO helpful. I discovered so many incredible books thank to reviews and I also learned to avoid some books thanks to other reviews. Basically, reviews are THE BEST and yes they deserve so, so much more love. ❤

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  6. Steph says:

    Great post!! Reviews are my favorite posts to read and especially to write because it’s so satisfying to get my feelings for a book out! They’re super helpful in introducing me to new books, too, but I especially love reading reviews of books I’ve read before, because seeing other people’s opinions is so fascinating to me. And you’re right, they do take a lot of effort, moreso than anything else I post, but I think that’s what makes them my favorite things to post 🙂

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      I know!!! They are my favourite to write, too, besides discussions probably. Reading other people’s opinion on books you’ve already read is such a cool experience. I also learn new things about those books because our experiences are very different and this changes our interpretations too, a lot.


  7. Candid Cover says:

    Lots of great points here! I find that reading reviews helps me decide if a book that I have been on the fence about is one that I will enjoy. It is always interesting to gain a different perspective on a book that I have already read as well. Especially ones that I may not have enjoyed as much. Great post idea! 🙂

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    • thecursedbooks says:

      Thank you very much, I’m glad you liked it! Same here, I think reviews are useful in so many instances, I love seeing people’s opinions on books I’ve already read, no matter whether we agree or not. It’s just great because you get so many insights on the book, things you might have missed before when reading it yourself. ❤


  8. Caro @ bookcheshirecat says:

    Amazing post 😍 I really think Reviews are important as well and that’s why I continue to do them. I’m happy to say that I did get quite a few comments on my latest Review, it always makes me happy to see people engage in the comments and discuss books with me 🙂 I personally love reading Reviews as it literally helps me figure out if I would probably like a book and if I should pick it up 🙂

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  9. KatieLouCreate says:

    I agree. Plus I put more effort and energy into a book review on a blog post compared to say Goodreads. Goodreads will get a star rating but I explain why I gave it that rating in my blog. I’m not going to write the same thing twice.


  10. Ilsen Leon says:

    I always love reviews because I get to see their opinion on a book. Everyone writes reviews in a different way. I also like seeing their thoughts on a certain book and maybe that book was already on my TBR but it went higher up on my radar because of the review. And also for the negative side, you will stay away from certain books. But I love reviews. I always read them.


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