Here’s an interesting conundrum I’m facing this year. I typically try my best to talk a bit about what I read. I’ll write book reviews here on the blog. Maybe I don’t have as much to say so I’ll write a few sentences on Goodreads when I rate the book.
I do it for me so I remember how I felt about a book. I also like doing it for my bookish friends & readers since I know I always enjoy knowing what other people think about a book I’m reading/want to read.
As you know, 2020 has basically been a dumpster fire. As a result, that has impacted my reading. I really struggled to focus on reading particularly in March and April. I’ve slowly found my reading groove again. BUT what I’m reading/in the mood to read has started to deviate from this niche I’ve built for myself in the online book world.
It not explicitly stated but I’ve always felt my niche or circle of bookish knowledge is heavily focused on Young Adult (and occasionally Middle Grade) books with a special focus on Fantasy and Science Fiction. It’s what I’ve enjoyed reading for years. Yes, of course, I read other books but probably 90% of what I usually read fits neatly in that circle. It’s what’s featured on my bookstagram and book blog account. It’s likely why many of my followers followed me.
Looking at what I’ve read this year:
- 84 books as of this moment
- 25 of those are Adult books that deviate from my prefered genres (mostly mystery or horror)
- 10 are Young Adult mysteries that were ‘guilty pleasure’ reads that don’t have much substance & I know are a bit ridiculous. Therefore, I don’t have much to say about them.
- 14 are graphic novels which I don’t really review.
- That’s about 58% of my reads that are really out there or not “on brand”.
My question for you readers is what do you do with those books that are really “off brand”?
- Read & post whatever you want since it’s your social media?
- Let your social media evolve as you evolve as reader?
- Read whatever you want and only post “on brand” books?
- ‘Force’ yourself to read & post “on brand” books?
- Something in the middle?
I’m not sure where to land in this. When I choose to follow (or not follow) an account, it’s dependent on two things. One, quality of account or effort put in (picture or writing or aesthetic). Two, the focus of the books. I know no one will have 100% of the same taste as me BUT if a good majority of the books aren’t of interest to me, I won’t follow. I don’t know if other people feel this way.
Therefore, I really haven’t been posting about everything I read. [Plus there’s the very superficial reason that the mega popular YA reads are what get the views & likes. Posting non-popular books is always a crapshoot especially on bookstagram.]
Please weigh in with your comments! I’d love to hear what other book blogger and bookstagrammers think.