Today, I’m writing a discussion post. It’s been a long time since I’ve done one but this idea has been stuck in my head so I finally decided to talk about it here. As I’m writing this introduction for this post, I haven’t decided on a title yet because I can’t quite find the right words. Maybe it will help to write this all out first though.
This discussion is about our wonderful book blogging community -or the vlogging community if you will, makes no difference. There are many things I love about it. SO MANY. However, this one “consequence” of our amazing community has been stuck in my head. Namely, we all read a lot of the same books. Obviously, many of us read different genres, prefer different genres. But for each genre, there are books that we all read. The well-known authors that everyone would recognize, for example:
- Fantasy (adult): Brandon Sanderson, Scott Lynch, George R.R. Martin, Patrick Rothfuss
- Fantasy (YA): Sarah J. Maas, Rae Carson, V.E. Schwab, J.K. Rowling, Maggie Stiefvater
- Retellings: Marissa Meyer, Rick Riordan
- Romance: Colleen Hoover, J. Lynn, Abbi Glines
- Paranormal YA: Richelle Mead, Jennifer L. Armentrout
You get what I mean? There are certain authors that we all read. I feel like somehow, we all manage to talk about a lot of the same books. And while that is an amazing thing for so many reasons (because then we can all gush about them!), I also feel like it’s kind of a missed opportunity. Because there are so many books out there. What if we are all collectively missing out on them?
The main reasons I thought of this are:
- When I go through my feed of all your wonderful blogs, I find myself gravitating to reviews of books I recognize. So I am unconsciously doing the same! Choosing to read about books I know, rather than getting to know those I don’t.
- In the past week, I’ve written two reviews on books that aren’t really well known: Before He Finds Her and Empire in Black and Gold. And it’s so sad to see that those are posts that almost no one seems to read. It’s always sad to see a review going almost unread. But then reviews on more famous books are read and sometimes commented on.
So I find myself here: wondering how to change this, in myself as well. Because I’m definitely guilty of doing this too. How do I stop unconsciously choosing only to read about books I recognize, rather than get to know different books? And how do I get people to read a review about a book they don’t know?
I love that we all read the same books because it means that when we find an amazing book, other bloggers read it too and we can all gush about the amazing-ness and hopefully have more people buy and read that book. But what about all of the books that aren’t as well-known in our community? How do we introduce them?