I’m joining in with Billy at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer‘s book blogger hop again this week, where they post a question which you and other bloggers answer, hopping from blog to blog to see people’s answers. This week, the question is…
If you recommend a book to someone, do you also send that person your review?
My answer is no, in fact I’ve never thought of doing it. I suppose it’s because I do tend to keep my blogging separate from the other parts of my life so people know that I blog about books and a few follow me but I don’t promote my posts on my personal FaceBook page or through emails etc.
This is because blogging puts you out in public and, whilst I am more than happy with strangers reading what I write and judging me on some level because of that, I couldn’t really cope if friends and family were doing the same…what if they thought something I wrote was rubbish?
When I recommend books, it tends to be in person or as part of a larger conversation. Sometimes it’s as part of book swaps that I’ve been involved in as part of my book club – if I feel strongly about a book I will try and convince others to give it a go. Books I recommend tend to be ones I’ve read so I can talk about why I liked them vs. having to send a review of a book through to someone.
If I have heard a book is good, I will say where I heard that it was but, again, normally don’t share the reviews. I think this is because these conversations tend to be around newer books as there are usually a spate of reviews at the same time so the discussion is more about I’ve been hearing good things about a book vs. one particular review.
One thing I do do though is always share reviews on twitter and my blog’s FaceBook page where I have commented on the review and, if I read a book because of a particular review, I will reference that in the post. I hope that helps gives credit where credit is due and shares thoughts on books that sound like they should be read.
What about you, do you share your reviews when you recommend a book?