Wow, my first post in blogger's new template. What a thrill.
I was going to type a review up on Friday, but I'm getting the exhaustion I felt in the first trimester back. I've heard that's fairly typical with one month left. Go, me. Anyway, we had our baby shower on Saturday. Sunday we spent the whole day organizing the gifts we received and cleaning out the baby's room, and buying some of the last things we needed (bottles, pacifiers, etc). It's nice to have the baby's room look like a baby's room rather than a dumping ground for stuff that has no home. Now all we need is the baby...
I know all of that is beyond fascinating, so lets get on with the discussion, shall we?
This week I've been thinking a lot about the purpose of book reviewers. It's interesting, because the more I look at the blogs on my google reader, the more I realize that there are generally two different kinds of book reviewers - the people who do it for fun, and the people who do it because they want something out of it (a job, attention, free books, a purpose for their free time, etc.). Neither one is any better or worse than the other, it's just interesting to note some of the motivations it seems as though certain book reviewers have.
It makes me wonder what the role of book reviewers really is. Do you think many people who aren't somehow related to reviewing, writing or publishing actually read book review blogs when trying to decide on a book to read, or do you think most review blogs have an audience of individuals who run other review blogs?
Another thing I realized is that some book reviewers are friends with some authors, which brings to mind the next, most obvious question: Do you think many book reviewers are objective as they should be when reviewing, or do you think objectivity doesn't really matter in this book blogging sphere?
I should also note that I'm not trying to pick on anyone, nor am I trying to stir up some drama. I'm just asking questions about stuff I've been observing recently and I'm interesting in what YOU think about it.