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Introducing Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge #RRABC

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Did you know that 99% of the reading public never post a review for a book?
At Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team (six years and going strong!), we often look at ways to encourage more people to review.  This autumn, Rosie has planned a Review-A-Book Challenge, with a great list of books to choose from, all free of charge to anyone serious about writing a review for her blog – and possibly joining the review team, if you enjoy the process.
Each day for a week or so, she will feature articles on how to write simple reviews, on choosing a star rating, and many more.  The challenge is open to all, from experienced reviewers to those who have never written one.  If this has piqued your interest and you would like to take a look at the books on offer, please click here:
Photo by Jaredd Craig on Unsplash

I know I don’t usually publish any posts on Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure you heard the news from me and were able to join in the challenge. Don’t delay! (Oh, and you might recognise some of the authors of the books on offer. Just saying).

Keep safe and keep reading!

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

24 replies on “Introducing Rosie’s Review-A-Book Challenge #RRABC”

Thanks, Robbie. You’re very kind. I was very happy when I read on your blog that it had inspired one of your sweet creations. I hope a lot of readers join in the challenge, and we get some new members joining the review team. Have a lovely day.

Thanks, Rosie. There are some wonderful artists sharing their work through Unsplash and the challenge deserves the best. I hope we get a lot of people interested and some new reviewers join the team. It’s a wonderful resource for readers and writers. Thanks for all your hard work, Rosie. ♥

That’s so true, Luccia. I’ve discovered some great authors I wouldn’t have read otherwise through her site, some who’ve become my favourites as well. Good luck with your writing and with the free promo for All Hallows at Eyre Hall from tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity! Keep safe!

Thanks, Debby. Anything to try to encourage readers and reviewers to the team. And I hope you enjoy the book. But make sure you don’t try any of the recipes in the novel (only those at the back of the book are genuine)!
Keep safe! ♥

I have reviewed every book I ever bought (and read) from Amazon. In fact, I review everything I buy from there, whether it’s a potato peeler, or a pair of Wellington boots.
Best wishes, pete.

I know. And you have been a reviewer for quite a while as well. I don’t think you need the challenge, although I’m sure Rosie (and the rest of us) would love to have you join the team.
Take care.

Only 1 percent of readers review any books? That is surprising, to me, but then again, maybe that is because I am part of the GoodReads bubble? 🙂
Best regards,

Thanks, Shira. There are lots of people who’d never think of writing a review for anything. They might tell their friends or relatives what they think, but they don’t think their opinion would be of interest to others. I only started writing reviews of books I read (and I’ve been reading books all my life, or near enough) when I started publishing my own books, in 2012. I had never bought electronic books before, I wasn’t interested in social media (I must confess it doesn’t interest me much even now), and would read reviews by critics or watch TV programmes about books if I wanted recommendations (or ask the staff at the bookshop or the library). People who don’t buy electronic books or who are given books as a gift might not think about reviewing their books, and although now people shop online more often, a lot of people might buy second-hand books, borrow them from libraries, or simply read for pleasure without feeling compelled to let other’s know what they think.
And there are lots of people who might read for studies, work, etc., and might be far too busy or not read for enjoyment…
Yes, the percentage sounds low to those of us who review, but a lot of people don’t interact in sites such as Goodreads and might only read the occasional book.
Oh, and there are many people who don’t read at all. As authors know only too well, it’s difficult to get reviews, unless you’re a very well-known name.
Take care, enjoy your books, and keep reviewing!

I am not sure. Some people read other things (web content, articles, social media posts…), but early experiences count for a lot. Children who grow up with stories, in families where their parents read to them and with them tend to see it as natural. But many kids don’t see that. Libraries do a great job, but then, again, parents need to take children there. And schools do as well, but some children never read once they leave school (or only what they need to). Some people come to appreciate it later in life, but creating a habit is important. And making it easy to access. In many places, public libraries are struggling to get funding. We could do with more people like Dolly Parton and her scheme to donate books as well.
I guess being bookish doesn’t really have much of an image appeal for young people. Perhaps we need a reading superhero…;)

Oooh, that is a neat idea: a reading superHero whose powers are activated in a Public Library!
And yes, habits are important, and especially accessibility and library funding. How can we encourage those things more effectively, do you think?

It’s difficult to know, as circumstances are very different in different places. Role models are important, especially where younger people are concerned, and book clubs and other initiatives run by well-known personalities have an impact (Emma Watson or Mark Zuckerberg, for example). At a local level, I guess supporting organisations and local libraries is something we can all try to do.
I am not very active on Goodreads, but if you are, it sounds like an interesting topic for discussion there. And I’m sure experts in education would have much to say.
Take care, Shira.

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