10 Interesting Bookish Posts You May Have Missed in May 2022

Post Round-Up

Around the Blogosphere

  1. Tea with Tolkien has positive things to say after a sneak peek at Amazon Prime’s Rings of Power.
  2. Emily does a Deep Dive into the Book Community’s Cancel Culture.
  3. Saima has some dark academia recommendations.
  4. Dinipandareads talks making friends through book blogging.
  5. Amanda and Lilly discuss decolonizing story structure and literary form.
  6. Interesting Literature lists 10 of the best stories by Rudyard Kipling.
  7. Yesha shares 10 reasons to read Obsidio.
  8. Celeste discusses fantasy landscapes.
  9. 24hr.YAbookblog lists resources and databases for diverse books.
  10. Maria lists Eurovision songs as books.
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Why I’m Not Interested in Watching BookTok

Why I'm Not Interested in BookTok

News articles have been celebrating the selling power of BookTok videos since at least early 2021, when The New York Times reported that short videos of people crying could make books go viral. Other effusive reports have followed. A quick search lead to me recent articles about BookTok “reshaping the book world” and “revitalizing the publishing industry.” Barnes and Noble now prominently displays a banner on their website, leading readers to the latest titles trending on BookTok. The ability for one video to make an instant bestseller–or even make a forgotten backlist title a new bestseller–has gotten publishers and booksellers very, very excited. Yet, I have to admit that I have not yet followed all the hype to join BookTok myself, for a variety of reasons.

The primary reason that I do not watch BookTok videos is that my preferred way to absorb information is through reading. I watch very little TV and very few movies. I do not visit YouTube. In my free time, I really just want to read! And in a way, watching a video review of something that is printed seems counterintuitive to me. That’s why book blogging is such a great fit for me. I read books and then I read reviews of the books! It’s perfect.

But I also was initially wary of the time limits BookTok set for videos. Though my understanding is that the maximum length for videos has increased to ten minutes, initially I think the maximum was a mere 60 seconds. And, often, on social media, it seems that the shorter a video is, the more views it gets. The early reports on BookTok made it sound like all people were doing in videos was holding up a book and then…making a crying face? For maybe a ten second video? Ten seconds or even 60 seconds does not seem like a lot of time to give a short summary along with an in-depth review discussing characterization, plot, pacing, prose, and all the other aspects of a book that make me want to pick up a book (or pass on it). I prefer longer reviews that have time to, well, say something. Watching someone cry for a few seconds only gives me one data point–that this one person found the book sad. That’s it. And that is really not enough for me to feel like I am making an informed decision on a book.

Finally, though my understanding is that BookTok has since expanded, the early articles about the platform made it seem like reviewers there were just discovering backlist titles that book bloggers have known about and promoted for years. Early reports also made it seem like BookTok reviewers had not yet committed to the same level of promoting and celebrating diversity that most book bloggers have. These critiques may or may not have been valid–I never went on BookTok to do an audit of what books were trending or going viral. But just the way people were talking about the platform made it sound like I was not going to find anything there I could not already find from reading book blogs. I felt that I did not need to watch a bunch of ten second videos to introduce me to backlist books I had probably already heard of or even already read.

I understand the excitement around BookTok. Anything that gets people talking about books and reading is a good thing! I think it’s cool that readers are finding new ways to celebrate their love of books and to share it with others. At the same time, I don’t think BookTok is for me. And that’s okay.

Do you watch BookTok? What do you think of the platform?

2022 “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge: May Check-in

OVERVIEW

This year, Pages Unbound is hosting a challenge to support and promote book bloggers through sharing posts, commenting on posts, and otherwise recognizing book bloggers. If you would like more information on how it works or how to join in, read the introduction post here.

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THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE

Again, you can do the tasks in any order you like, but April’s “official” task was to Share 10 Book Blog Posts to Social Media.

I shared more than 10, but I didn’t make a list of them. However, I will have my monthly round-up of book blog posts you can check out from May posted here on June 1.

June’s Task

RESPOND TO 5 COMMENTS OTHER PEOPLE HAVE LEFT ON ANOTHER BOOK BLOG

Instead of leaving a comment replying to the blog posts, try starting a discussion by replying to a comment someone else has left on another blog.

If you wrote a post, shared a Twitter thread, or did anything else this month you’d like to share, please leave a link in the comments. And since we’re supporting bloggers, be sure to check out some of the links that other people have left!

Happy blogging!

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Finally, you may be interested in participating in this year’s Book Blogger Stats Survey. I am planning to share the results in June.

Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge

Cuckoo Song

Information

Goodreads: Cuckoo Song
Series: None
Age Category: Middle Grade/ Young Adult
Source: Library
Published: 2014

Official Summary

When Triss wakes up after an accident, she knows that something is very wrong. She is insatiably hungry; she keeps waking up with leaves in her hair, and her sister seems terrified of her. When it all gets too much and she starts to cry, her tears are like cobwebs…

Soon Triss discovers that what happened to her is more strange and terrible than she could ever have imagined, and that she is quite literally not herself. In a quest find the truth she must travel into the terrifying Underbelly of the city to meet a twisted architect who has dark designs on her family – before it’s too late…

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Review

Frances Hardinge once again brings a highly original fantasy world to life in Cuckoo Song, a book that is part atmospheric Gothic horror story and part fairy tale. A delicious feeling of suspense slowly builds up through the story, as the protagonist Triss wakes up from an accident, only to discover that her family seems unfamiliar and her hunger is insatiable. Once the revelations begin, however, the plot is all flash and danger; I simply could not predict the twists and turns the story would take. Hardinge is one of my favorite authors writing today, and Cuckoo Song lives up to the expectations I have for her novels–an inventive, quirky, and supremely satisfying read.

Much of what I love about Hardinge’s work is how different it feels–not only from anything else on the market, but also from whatever else Hardinge has written. Cuckoo Song takes readers to 1920s England, but one they have never before experienced. In this England, magic coexists with the mundane, and that magic is nothing expected. Even as Hardinge employs familiar elements of fairy tale and folklore, she subverts them, making the villains seem sympathetic and the usual protagonists seem cruel. But readers’ sympathies will likely shift and change over the course of the story, because these characters are complex and there are no easy answers.

More than a fairy tale, Cuckoo Song is also a family drama, one that digs deep into the fractures in the Crescent household after the death of their son Sebastian in the war. The family has tried to paper over the hole left by Sebastian’s death, and all are silently suffering as a result. Thus, even when the characters seem brutal, they are also understandable. Horrible things have been done in the name of grief, and guilt, and jealousy. Cuckoo Song does not look away from these terrors. But it also holds out hope–that courage and love can still make a difference.

Cuckoo Song will enthrall readers with its deeply atmospheric world, its dark suspense, its twists and its turns. But it will also capture them with its complex characters and beautiful prose. Frances Hardinge always delivers an exception story–Cuckoo Song is no exception.

5 stars

15 Ways Students Can Benefit from Using the Public Library

15 Ways Students Can Benefit from Using the Public Library

Most people realize that the public library houses books that students can borrow for homework and assignments. But the library offers so many more resources for students–everything from tutoring to databases with information on finding scholarships and applying for college. Below are 15 ways that students can start using the public library to its full potential.

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Find Homework Help & Tutoring

Many if not most public libraries offer tutoring. You can check your library’s website for any live tutoring options, or check their list of online resources to see if you can connect with a tutor online. You may also be able to access online resources where you can submit papers, cover letters, or resumes for feedback from a real person.

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Prep for Standardized Tests

Yes, the public library has physical books that offer advice and practice tests for things like AP exams, the SAT, and the ACT. But the library may also have online resources that offer the same thing–so you won’t have to wait for that other library patron to return the book. Look for digital resources such as Learning Express Library or Peterson’s Test and Career Prep on your library’s website.

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Research Colleges, Scholarships, & Financial Aid

Public libraries often offer books that will provide college applicants with information on college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. However, don’t forget to look on the library’s digital resources page for these tools, as well. Try finding resources such as Learning Express Library or Peterson’s Test and Career Prep on your library’s website. Or check the library’s website for any upcoming programs that focus on these topics.

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Research Careers

Digital resources that focus on homework help and standardized test prep may also include resources that allow individuals to research careers–the outlook for the job, potential earnings, needed skills, and recommended paths to being hired. Or the library may link to outside resources such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Access Credible Sources

Many classes focus on teaching students how to find and vet credible sources. The good news is, the public library has usually done this work for you! Visit the library’s digital resources page to see what databases they pay for–these databases typically include peer-reviewed paper and resources that you can cite in your research papers. You can, of course, also check out a physical book.

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Learn Computer Skills

Many people tend to assume that students have some sort of innate knowledge of computer skills, such as the ability to use MS Word and Excel, even though they have never been taught. If you need to learn computer skills for school or because you know you will later need them to apply for jobs, there is good news! Libraries often offer online databases with videos, posts, and even interactive tutorials that can help individuals learn basic computer skills for things like email, spreadsheets, and word processors. Or they might even offer appointments with a librarian who can offer personalized assistance.

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Access Popular Fiction & YA Books While at College

Many college students are unaware that they are eligible to receive a library card from the city in which their college is located.  You will likely have to demonstrate that you attend the college or have an address in the city.  Usually this means you have to provide photo ID and a piece of mail showing your address (if it differs from that on your ID).  You can show a piece of mail from your university mail box if you live in a dorm.  Some libraries also ask to see your student ID.  You can call ahead or check the library website to make sure you are prepared before you show up. But, once you provide the appropriate materials, you should be able to sign up for a card and check out books just as you would at your hometown library.

You can also visit your college library to see if they have a popular reading section. Not all do–but it’s worth looking!

And, of course, your card from your hometown library, if still active, will allow you to check out e-books and access digital resources while you are away.

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Find Quiet Study Spaces

If you need a quiet space to study, check your local library! Some may have rooms you can use as a single study room for a few hours. Some might just have tables on a floor or in a specific section that are specifically for use by people who need quiet (as opposed to people who need to collaborate and talk).

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Hang Out with Friends and De-Stress

Need a place to hang out for a few hours? The library is a great place to socialize because you don’t need to pay to be there, you get air conditioning, heat, and WiFi–and maybe other perks such as coloring pages or board games. You can just show up to chill for awhile, or you can attend a program with your friends–anything from trivia night to arcade night.

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Unleash Creativity

If you love crafting, but don’t have a lot of experience or don’t want to pay for all the materials to start, you can look for programs at your local library. They typically provide all the materials free. You may also find other opportunities to be creative–poetry contests, open mic nights, photography clubs, and more.

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Gain Volunteer Experience

If you need volunteer experience to graduate, or something to put on your resume, check to see if your local library has any volunteer opportunities currently open.

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Get a Job or Internship

Public libraries will often hire high school students to do work such as shelving, or work with college students who need an internship. Check your local library’s website to see what openings are available and what the qualifications are.

You can also use your library’s physical and digital resources to research careers, craft a resume and cover letter, and learn interviewing tips. Or you might find out that they even periodically host job fairs. Take a look at the library’s website to see what they offer.

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Learn Life Skills

Libraries have books on all types of topics, of course, but library programs are also a wonderful way to get some experience with necessary life skills. Libraries may offer programs on everything from car maintenance to financial literacy to doing laundry! Check your library’s website to see what programs are upcoming.

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Prevent Summer Slide

Research has shown that children who do not read over the summer, and children who do not participate in learning opportunities such as attending camp or going to museums, return to school in the fall having lost many of the academic gains they made during the previous year.  Children who do not read over the summer can lose an average of two months’ of reading skills–and this loss is cumulative. Children from lower income households who have less access to books and to learning activities are particularly vulnerable to summer slide. So how to prevent this? Join the library’s summer reading program to keep students reading and having fun while school is out.

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Access WiFi, Computers, Printers, Copiers, and Scanners

If you do not have internet at home, you can go to the library to access it or you can see if your library offers WiFi hotspots for checkout. Likewise, you can go to the library to use the computer, or see if they offer any laptops, tablets, Chromebooks, etc. for checkout. You can also print, copy, scan, and (probably) fax at the library. Call ahead or check the library website if you need to know if there is a charge for printing and if you will need to bring cash.

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Conclusion

Many people use the public library for school reports or during the summer, to join the Summer Reading Program, and not for much else. But there is so much more to explore! Check out your local library’s website to see what they offer–and how it could benefit you.

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10 Interesting Bookish Posts You May Have Missed in April 2022

Post Round-Up

Around the Blogosphere

  1. Emily writes: Why Do Book Characters Always Get Into Elite Universities? | Disillusioned High School Senior Analyzes College Admissions in YA
  2. Rosie Amber says book blogging is about more than the books.
  3. Sofi recommends cry-worthy YA contemporary books.
  4. Booksophobia asks whether the hype around new releases is merited.
  5. The Orangutan Librarian says it’s okay to collect books.
  6. Sofi shares some May 2022 releases.
  7. Dinipandareads reviews Gallant by V. E. Schwab.
  8. Michael writes: The Monsters and the Doctor: Reframing That Which Scares Us.
  9. Interesting Literature shares 10 of the Best Poems for a Best Friend.
  10. Lisa lists books with books on the cover.
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2022 “Support Book Bloggers” Challenge: April Check-in

OVERVIEW

This year, Pages Unbound is hosting a challenge to support and promote book bloggers through sharing posts, commenting on posts, and otherwise recognizing book bloggers. If you would like more information on how it works or how to join in, read the introduction post here.

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THIS MONTH’S CHALLENGE

Again, you can do the tasks in any order you like, but April’s “official” task was to Write a Post Supporting Book Bloggers.

Ideas include:

  • A round-up of blog links you enjoyed reading in the past week or month
  • A post about why you enjoy reading book blogs in general
  • A post about how other people can support book blogs
  • A list of bloggers with affiliate links or ko-fi accounts that people can support

I wrote: No, Book Blogging Is Not Dying: Here’s Why.

I also write a monthly round-up post of posts by other book bloggers to check out.

Finally, you may be interested in participating in this year’s Book Blogger Stats Survey.

If you wrote a post, shared a Twitter thread, or did anything else this month you’d like to share, please leave a link in the comments. And since we’re supporting bloggers, be sure to check out some of the links that other people have left!

Happy blogging!

Briana

Book Blogger Stats Survey 2022: Invitation to Participate

In 2016, 2018, and 2020, I (Briana) conducted a blogger stats survey to help shed some transparency on what stats are “normal” in book blogging. I personally found it helpful because many people seemed to assume that their own stats were significantly lower than other bloggers’, when that often was not the case. It’s been two years since the last survey, so I thought it would be interesting to get some updated results for 2020, particularly as focus in the book community so often seems to be on Booktube, Bookstagram, and now BookTok.

Participation is anonymous, so please participate if this is a project that interests you. Also feel free to share, as the stats will be better if there are more data points (in 2016, I received about 70 responses; in 2018, I received 107; in 2020, I received 56). 

I’ve kept the questions about stats the same as in 2020, in order to compare across years, though I added BookTok as an option for a place you find bookish content. I also broke up the lowest answer for page views you receive daily. For the past three surveys, the lowest answer was 0-50 views. This year, you can answer 0-25 or 26-50, simply because so many people were choosing this option I thought it might be interesting to get a bit more detail. (For the record, the responses in so far indicate a bias towards answering 0-26.)

* Note that by “blogger,” I mean someone who runs a blog, not someone running a Booktube channel, Bookstagram, etc..  (You can do both, but you should have an actual blog.)

The survey should be embedded below, but if you don’t see it, you can answer by clicking here.

(I am tentatively planning to share results in June.)

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvIAcRwhH1EJp1Adtifjslbvvj76pY4XgD084G-84RY1Bziw/viewform?embedded=true

Benefiting from the Public Library During Economically Tough Times

Everyone seems to have a general idea that the library offers free stuff, and that the public library thus is supposed to be the great equalizer in society. But perhaps the library achieves its greatest importance to people in times of economic duress. As concerns about the economy grow, consider below some of the ways that people could benefit from its services.

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Streaming Services

Subscription services are often one of the first costs financial advice columns will suggest individuals drop if they wish to save money. As inflation in the U. S. continues and people struggle economically, it seems likely that more people will follow this advice. That does not mean you have to go without TV shows and movies, though! If you do not wish to travel to the library to pick up a DVD to watch, you can visit your library’s website to check out what streaming services they offer. Hoopla and Kanopy are the major names usually carried by U. S. libraries. Because they are pay-per-view (for the library, not the patron), libraries usually give each cardholder a limited number of credits to be used towards checkouts on these platforms each month. Kanopy is known for its selection of documentaries, indie films, and children’s shows, while Hoopla has an eclectic assortment of content (as well as e-books, audiobooks, music, and a large graphic novel collection).

Also read: 10 Digital Resources from the Public Library You Should Know

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WiFi Hotspots

Most U.S. libraries now allow cardholders to check out WiFi hotspots so they can access the internet at home. In the interest of full transparency, I will announce here that I do not pay for internet service; I access the internet at home through a library hotspot. While some of the older models used to drop service periodically (just as any internet service will), I have found the new models to be more reliable than the internet services that my friends pay for. These hotspots sometimes have different lending terms than books, but the general idea is the same. Your library card allows you to check one out for a set amount of time. You can return it on the due date and check out another one, or place yourself on a waitlist.

Just make sure you know if the model you are checking out has unlimited data–some libraries offer this and some cap the data. Also be aware that if you keep the hotspot past the due date, the library will disconnect the data entirely so you can no longer access the internet, and you may accrue late fines. In general, though, if you need internet and cannot afford it, it’s worth looking into a WiFi hotspot! Alternatively, you ask your local librarian for help finding any broadband assistance currently being offered in your community.

Also read: 12 Things You Didn’t Know the Library Could Assist You With

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Changing Careers

Has the economy convinced you that it is time to find a new job? The public library can help! Libraries typically offer online resources that will help you write and improve your resume and cover letter. They may also offer online resources (LearningExpress Library, Peterson’s Career and Test Prep, etc.) that will allow you to study for career tests and even take practice tests. If you need some help in person, you can ask to see if they offer one-on-one computer help or any job search programs. And, if you just want to build on your skills, check their digital resources page to look for databases such as LinkedIn Learning (Lynda) or Universal Courses (which also offers classes on hobbies such as calligraphy or soap making!).

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Gardening

Want to start a garden, but can’t afford it? Check to see if your local library carries a seed library! Seed libraries provide seeds from the community that you can grow at home. Seasoned gardeners are then asked to save some of their seeds and donate them back to the seed library. Programming or information may also be available if you are new to gardening and are looking for some tips.

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Museum and Park Passes

Why not get your entertainment free, courtesy of your local library? Many public libraries now offer free passes for families to attend local museums or other sites of cultural interest. Check to see what yours offers–or maybe suggest that they start such a program.

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Digital Library Cards

U.S. libraries were expanding access even before the pandemic by offering digital library cards that individuals could apply for at home. Typically these cards allow access to the library’s online resources for a limited amount of time. Patrons must go into the library to obtain a physical card and extend the card’s usage period. Digital cards have become even more common since 2020, though, so, if you cannot leave home or just want to save gas, check your library’s website for more information.

It is also worth noting that you may be eligible for a state library card, which can expand the digital resources you have access to–anything from e-books to databases for things like researching family history or preparing for standardized tests. The way this typically works is that every resident of the state can apply for an online card and get access to digital materials (or physical, if you live close enough).

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Free Stuff! (Craft Materials, Classes, Prizes, and More)

Yes, the public library offers books, movies, music, games, and more to be checked out free of cost. However, they offer so much more! Check to see if your library is offering take-and-make crafts and activities–these could be anything from simple paper crafts to help young children learn fine motor skills or more complex kits like terrariums for teens and adults. The idea is that you simply pick it up at the library and then make it at home when you have time. Or sign up for a program that takes place at the library. Craft programs will provide all the materials you need so you can be creative without spending a dime. Or maybe you can take a free fitness or dance class, attend a free concert, or win prizes at Bingo night. Visit your library’s website and check out their events calendar to see just what they offer. Then invite your significant other or a friend, so you can have a free date night or friends’ night out!

Also read: 10 Ways Book Bloggers Can Benefit from Using the Public Library

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Conclusion

The public library offers much more than books these days, but not everyone is aware of just how much they have access to. Or, if they are vaguely aware of some services, they may not be entirely aware of how those services work or how could they benefit them. However, as people begin to worry about being able to afford the necessities of life, the public library may prove more of a lifeline than ever. Familiarize yourself with your library’s website and their offerings. You may just be surprised!

No, Book Blogging Is Not Dying: Here’s Why

Krysta and I have been blogging here at Pages Unbound since May 2012, and for probably at least the past eight years, people have been sounding the alarm that “blogging is dying.”

Concern rose with the introduction of Bookstagram and Booktube, as those platforms tend to attract much larger audiences than blogs, and worries have reached a fevered pitch with the rise of BookTok within the past year or so.

Publishers have noticeably decreased support/their interest in book bloggers, as they have moved to sending ARCs to book influencers on literally every other platform besides blogs, and many publishers no longer even mention book bloggers among the bookish influencers they appreciate — or are interested in working with. One publisher has a form that influencers can fill out to request ARCs, and selecting that you are a blogger is literally not an option.

However, I believe that there is far too much conflation of the idea that publishers are working with bloggers less with the idea that people are reading blogs less. My personal experience is that there are still many people writing blogs, and there are many people reading blogs. The audience for blogs is not going away, whether or not publishers send bloggers ARCs.

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Traffic at Pages Unbound

My personal experience here at Pages Unbound is that our blog traffic has increased nearly every year (ignoring 2019), and it’s noticeably higher in more recent years than in 2012-2016.

(See bar chart of annual page views below.)

Caveats

There are some caveats here, of course. For instance, the increase in my personal blog traffic could be attributed in part to things like my becoming better at SEO, getting better at using Pinterest, commenting more on other book blogs, etc. That is to say, it’s possible I could have had better traffic in, say, 2014 if I’d done some things differently, so the fact my traffic was kind of mediocre then doesn’t mean every blogger’s was.

Because, of course, my blog traffic is not necessarily representative of all blogs. There were likely blogs in 2012-2015 that had significantly higher traffic than we did at Pages Unbound. And, unfortunately, I don’t know exactly what that traffic looked like. My observation is that bloggers were a bit more secretive years ago about their traffic, and it would not have been normal for a big blogger (or really any blogger) to publicly announce how many page views they were averaging.

So did a “big” book blog in 2014 have 5 billion page views a year, while a “big” one now has maybe 300,000? Have the “average” page views blogs get decreased over time, even while my own page views have gone up? I can’t be 100% certain, but I still think it’s significant that my own traffic has been increasing year by year, while other people keep claiming blogging is “dying.”

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Our Book Blogger Stats Survey Results

Another metric we can look at is the results from the book blogger stats survey I’ve run every two years since 2016. There are the caveats here that this is a totally unofficial, unscientific survey, and the sample size of respondents is relatively small compared to how many book bloggers actually exist. However, the surveys can still help give a sense of what the “average” book blogger is getting in terms of traffic. (Read the 2020 survey results by clicking here.)

Below, I have inserted the graphs showing how many page views bloggers say they average per day, from each of the three surveys I ran.

You can see there is some slight variation. In 2026, a greater percentage of book bloggers put themselves in the 51-75 views per day category than in 2020, for instance. However, the general trend is that between 2016 and 2020, the vast majority of book bloggers were getting between 0 and 75 views per day, and there hasn’t been a lot of change in that respect. (For instance, it isn’t as if bloggers in 2016 were all getting 300 views per day, and that dropped precipitously in recent years.)

2016 Results

2018 Results

page views daily chart

2020 Results

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Edited to Add: I Really Mean People Follow Blogs Themselves

After seeing several comments suggesting that the success of blogs is contingent on keeping up with social media trends on the side, like joining Twitter, Bookstagram, or Booktok to cross-promote your blog and get blog traffic, I want to point out that that is not necessary. When I say blogging is not dying because people are reading and following blogs, I literally mean there is an audience for the blogs themselves.

The vast majority of our traffic at Pages Unbound comes from search engines (whether Google, Google-alternatives, or Pinterest), followed by people actually following the blog through WordPress or alternatives like Bloglovin’. We have a Bookstagram account but get practically zero traffic from it. We get some traffic from Twitter, but it is relatively little compared to other sources — and much of it is from OTHER people tweeting our links and not from our own Twitter account.

It is completely possible to blog and only blog and have a pretty large audience. 🙂

Here is the source of our traffic for 2022 so far:

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Conclusion

My personal observations is that people are reading book blogs, and that hasn’t changed in the 11 years I have been blogging. People are also writing blogs, and while of course there’s turnover and old bloggers stop, there is also a continuous stream of new bloggers joining the community; I see people nearly every week on Twitter excitedly announcing that they have finally started their own book blog.

Publishers might not be sending book bloggers as many ARCs as they did in the past or running as many blog tours or nominating book bloggers as exceptional and noteworthy influencers — but that’s actually a completely separate question from whether blogs have readers. They do.

Publishers are focusing on other platforms because a Bookstagram photo can easily get 2,000 likes, while a “big” blog post might get 100 likes, or a TikTok can get 10,000 views in two days while a blog post gets 150. Publishing is a business, and I get why publishers are focusing their marketing budgets in places they think they’ll get more bang for their buck.

But blogs aren’t really losing readers; the other platforms are just gaining them. So, no, blogging is not dying. It has not been dying. And I do not expect it to die any time soon. Or, frankly, ever.

Briana