Increase Discussion Posts
For some bloggers, rereading may seem like a waste of time because they have already reviewed a book and do not wish to do so again. However, rereads are an opportunity to go beyond the book review. Consider what parts of the story captured your interest, troubled you, or confused you. Then write about those moments!
Discussion posts are actually a great way to continue to talk about the books we love because reviews are only so long. In focusing on main considerations such as the pacing of the novel or the growth of the protagonist, we may not have time to discuss other areas of interest–doing so would take the review off track or make it too lengthy for anyone to read! One way to get around this dilemma is take each area of interest and make it into a separate discussion post. This allows you to keep on trend with the expectation of having discussion posts on a book blog and gives you an easy source of inspiration from which to draw from when writing them.
Improve the Quality of Discussion Posts
Personally, I never catch everything going on in a book on the first read–and I expect hardly anyone else does, either. During the first read, I am often caught up on the plot and the characters, as well as in my emotions about both. I’m reading for pleasure, for entertainment, to find out what happened! When I am finished, I do, of course, have thoughts about what happened, but I need to go back for a closer look to solidify those thoughts.
Because rereading allows time to delve into the details of a book, it produces more interesting and more informed discussion posts. Rereading gives the ability to point to specific textual moments and to quote from the book, both of which provide evidence to make any argument made strong. It also ensures that we are not missing anything important. It is awkward to make an argument about a book that only takes into account, say, the final third of the book, and ignores everything leading up to that part–because we forgot! In short, the person who has reread a work typically has an advantage over someone who has not.
Post More without Reading More
Bloggers generally seem overworked and stressed about it. There is so much to do while blogging! A typical book blogger might read, review, write discussion posts, do some web design or formatting, take photos for the blog/Instagram, and keep up with social media accounts. Not to mention organizing any link-ups, round-ups, book tours, giveaways, etc. So how do you keep on generating content when it’s so hard to find time to read with everything else going on? Once you have reread a book, you have a more solid grasp on it and thus can, as stated above, generate multiple discussion posts from it. Post more without reading more!
How does rereading improve your blog?