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The Best Thing About Book Blogging…

Aside from the wonderfully supportive community, amazing friends and gorgeous review copies, for me, one of the best things about book blogging is the overwhelming response from authors when you love their work and the idea for this post come about after a very enthusiastic Twitter conversation surrounding Holly Martin’s new book, One Hundred Proposals the other day.

I’m sure you’ve all had your own individual experiences but this seemed like an appropriate example of the kind of thing I’m talking about. I’veactal convo read this book and it was incredible and as you can tell by the Twitter conversation, other people have thought so too. Although this is quite an exaggerated example because we’re all fairly friendly with Holly and other authors we won’t be, the enthusiasm and love for Holly and this book is almost palpable. It’s one of the most heart-warming things to see a group of bloggers all come together and enthuse over the same book because that’s the reason we’re all doing this right? For our shared love of books? And for an author to appreciate that and share our excitement, well, that’s just the icing on top of the very yummy cake.

It takes a long time to read and review a book accurately, especially when we have other commitments too like work, school, university, husbands and children but we make time for this because we’re so passionate about books and stories and finding new authors so when an author re-tweets our review or replies to us when we’re raving on about how amazing their book it, it really can make our day because it shows that what we’re doing is all worth while.

7I absolutely love tweeting about the books I read and I always make a point to tag the author (if they have Twitter) in my review in the hope that they’ll read it and maybe even possibly reply. Then when they do, it’s a great feeling! Obviously I’m not talking about the likes of J.K Rowling and John Green who are far too busy and have far too many followers to keep up with but authors who take an active part in supporting and getting to know book bloggers. We know your busy writing more fantastic books and we know you probably can’t reply to every single tweet you get but it really does mean the world to us when you do. So keep doing what you’re doing and thanks for being awesome.

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Jenny in Neverland

Twenty-something lifestyle blogger from Essex. Book lover, Slytherin, organisational wizard and enjoys Motorsport, Disney and Yoga.

9 Comments

  1. I love it when this happens! When you can bond with other bloggers over the awesomeness of a book, then have a grateful author thanking you for your opinion. It’s always nice to know that your time, words and reviews are appreciated!

    1. I know, me too! Enthusing about books with others bloggers is so much fun too! It’s great to know others loved a book as much as you did and you can go mad about it together!

  2. Jenny, interesting post! 🙂

    Just a thought as this is something I struggle with – would you tag an author on Twitter if it was a book you didn’t particularly enjoy or liked?

    I never know what to do in this situation. I haven’t tagged previously because I haven’t wanted to draw their attention to it. Just because I didn’t like it doesn’t make it bad but then I don’t really enthuse about it either…..waffle over! 🙂

    1. Hmmmm, interesting question!

      I can’t think off the top of my head of any instances where I’ve done that but at the same time, I can’t recall ever reading a book which I really didn’t like.

      I think if it’s anything less than 3 stars I probably wouldn’t tag them. If they see it themselves then fine but I wouldn’t actively seek out to let them know. At least then with 3 stars there will be some good points as well as bad!

      I wonder what authors think of this though, whether they’d WANT to be tagged in a slightly negative review?

      1. Yeah that’s what I’ve done in the past but it’s always good to see what others do.

  3. It always makes my day when an author take the time to reply to me on twitter. They are always really nice as well re-tweeting links to your reviews to help you out too 🙂

    1. Absolutely! I like to think it’s a bit of a 2 way street, we help them by reading and reviewing their books so it’s so nice when they return the favour just by a simple re-tweet! It’s so uplifting when an author really appreciates your review! 🙂

  4. I love getting tweets from authors. I get all giggly and it really makes my day. They are busy, have lives like everyone else, but just knowing they took the time to respond to anything I posted about is icing on the cake.

    1. Absolutely! It’s a really nice thing for them to do and I think it’s great when authors support book bloggers in much of the same way that we support them!

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