I know this post is ahead of schedule, but if I waited until Wednesday to tell you why I love Bookshop Talk, you might miss their awesome book giveaway. There are a lot of book review sites out there, but this one has my undying adoration. Here's why:
Positive Reviews Only. I'm not interested in bad books. I want good things to read. Recommendations. Someone might argue that this lacks "balance," but the reasons why someone loved a book can tell me if I'm going to hate it or love it, too. Personally, I figure if I hate a book the best thing I can do is never mention it. I heard about The Hunger Games a dozen times before I picked the book up -- probably more than half of those mentions were negative. But the title lodged in my brain. My curiosity peaked. And I thank everyone who publicly derrided the book for spurring me towards it. I loved it.
Content Table. The end of every review contains a brief table outlining the language, violence, sensuality, and mature themes present in the book. I adore this. When I'm writing reviews, it's a wonderful safety net -- I don't have to spend the review giving caveats if the book isn't right for every audience. As a reader, it empowers me to better select my next read.
Nice People. The people who run Bookshop Talk are super nice. And they happily take reviews from anyone who has a book they want to gush about (guidelines are here).
Cool Contests. They're having another one, and the deadline's Wednesday! You can read about it here, but in short, if you write a reviews, you're entered to win any book on their site, or a book by any author they've interviewed on their site -- your pick. It's a long, long list. I first learned about Bookshop Talk during their last contest. I won a book. I've continued to submit reviews ever since.
The contest is open until 11:59 on November 30th. Head on over and check it out!
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