I am writing this post for two reasons. 1. I’m curious and 2. I have a bit of a confession to make. My deep dark secret1 leads to my curiosity, and, quite frankly, the aforementioned secret kind of muddles my thought process on joint reviews. Thus far in my blogging career, I have participated in a number of joint reviews2 and have a number more in the works3. When it comes to joint reviews, I can’t really claim innocence4. Joint reviews and I are pretty well acquainted.
I enjoy writing joint reviews, because I like the experience of reading a book with someone else. It usually involves a number of text messages, emails, and tweets back and forth about the awesomeness or not so awesomeness of the book. We can discuss the book thoroughly together, without worry of spoiling anyone, before we write a review. It’s not often we get to do this in the public blogosphere, since we obviously do not really wish to spoil events in the book for everyone else. I also think that, generally speaking, there is less pressure to write a review, because you share the responsibility with another person. If you are at a loss for something to say, chances are that your partner can pick up the slack. Win-win, right?
Well, not necessarily.
Joint reviews are typically a hit or miss with me when it comes to reading them5.
I find that my enjoyment of reading a joint review depends on a number of factors:
- My knowledge of or familiarity with both parties of the joint review.
- How well the two people’s style of reviewing mesh.
- The actual flow of the review.
I have no idea whether other people feel the same way, or if I’m alone in my opinions. Maybe I am being extra judgmental6. This leads me to the discussion portion of this post, where I want your opinions!
Do you like reading joint reviews? What makes reading a joint review enjoyable? Am I just thinking crazily7?
1The “deep dark” was added to the word secret for dramatic effect. Secret is actually neither deep or nor dark.
2Six, if you want to be technical.
3Three that are scheduled, one that is confirmed, and one that is assumed. Again, should you want to be technical about it.
4I can and will, of course, claim complete innocence in everything else.
5This is my secret. Please don’t hate me for it.
6If I am, please tell me! But I don’t want this blog to get all name-cally, so just tell me: “The giraffe shifters are watching you” instead, and I’ll know exactly what you mean.
7On second thought, I’d rather you not answer this question.