The Blog Squad: Part 20

We are a group of three book bloggers situated on different continents but brought together by our love for books and a penchant for talking about them. We’ve joined our forces to create a collaborative series of posts about book blogging and we hope you’ll enjoy the discussions. 


What makes you add a book to your TBR? 

It’s a combination of a lot of factors… But generally I’d have to say that other reviewers are what drive me to add books to my TBR in the first place. Even when it comes to my favourite authors I probably only found these authors on recommendation from someone else. I’m just that sort of reader - I like to know that other people have read the book and enjoyed it before I pick it up!

For me too it’s a combination of factors. I think reviews and recommendations from from other reviewers, either on Goodreads or in the blogosphere is the biggest reason for why my TBR has grown like Jack’s beanstalk! Another big reason why my TBR is currently exploding is that I have a habit of going through book lists on Goodreads and looking for ones that I think I’d enjoy. I also end up browsing on Amazon for hours looking at both book reviews and the prices so I can make a proper wishlist.

What makes you most likely to buy a book? 

My favourite authors are definitely autobuys for me - I even pre-order when I can but for some reason I’m not often able to do this on Kobo. 

If I pick up the first book in a series and I absolutely love it I’ll pretty much go straight in and buy the next book - even if the first book was a library borrow and I could probably get the rest if I just went and looked - I just like to support the authors that I love and buying their books seems to me to be a great way to do this! 

Also if I’ve enjoyed a series by an author previously I’ll probably go and buy another of their books to try, even if it might take me awhile to get to it!

Here too, it’s a combination of factors - premise, cover and money. Premise because I have to actually read the book and not just showcase it prettily on my shelves (I do that at times), Cover because I like to oggle at pretty cover and also ‘cause I #bookstagram; and money because no one’s giving out books for free (Except authors and publishers who actually value my opinion. LOVE you guys.) If it’s the sequel to a book I’ve already read and loved, it gets moved higher up on my wishlist; same if it’s one of my favorite authors or if the plot makes me want to eat it (I swear I’ve never eaten books).

Are you comfortable with rating a generally disliked book highly? Or vice versa? 

Reading is so subjective. What I always try to keep in mind is that a lot of my ‘bad reads’ can just come down to personal preference as will a lot of my ‘good reads’. 

I love a lot of book bloggers out there but we don’t have to enjoy the same books for me to respect their opinion. In fact there’s only a couple that I feel have very similar reading tastes to mine. Often I’ve been surprised that people had issues with certain scenes in a book or even with an entire theme in a book that I was never bothered by. No two readers will ever be exactly the same! 

If I liked a book I’m going to shout it out there, whether other professional reviewers liked it or not. A book review is simply my own personal opinion and experience with a book and if I found something to enjoy I want to express that because there will surely be other readers out there that can enjoy the same things that I did. 

It can be difficult as a book blogger to know that your opinion isn’t aligned with the masses - whether you love a book that no one else seems to (because how could they NOT???) or whether you were disappointed after hearing a million good reviews and all the hype and a book just didn’t meet your expectations… If you can back up your opinion and you aren’t just doing it to be contrary it’s valid and you should OWN it.

I have a LOT of unpopular opinions and let’s face it, we all do because we’re not all potatoes. My unpopular opinions are mostly me not loving a book that almost everyone else seems to adore. And while it’s scary to admit to a group of chocolate lovers that you don’t like chocolates (I belong to the chocolate-loving group mind you), I think it’s perfectly okay! Isn’t that why we rate and review books? To get our personal opinion about it heard? 

Also, rating seems much easier compared to reviewing when it comes to unpopular opinions. It’s VERY scary. Okay so I’m not a fan of the Throne of Glass series. (Don’t you dare throw things at me!). Like I LOVED books 1 and 2 but the series just spiralled down for me after that. While I’ve rated the series, I haven’t written a review for books 3, 4 and 5. Why? Because it’s scary as hell writing a negative review for an extremely loved series and I honestly don’t know how to go about with it! All you guys who aren’t scared or intimidated by the task, you’re awesome and really brave! I do plan to write those reviews soon but *gulp*

Come check out my answers over at their collab posts!: 

We hope you’ve enjoyed Part 18 in our series of discussion posts! Please talk to us and let us know YOUR answers below. What do you think of our responses? If you have any specific questions you’d like us to address in the future, please let us know in the comments section below. Stay tuned for next week’s questions!


  1. I totally agree that adding a book to my tbr comes from a variety of factors, but one thing that guarantees me to put a book on my tbr is if another blogger recommends it to me on goodreads. I automatically think that I will need to read this book if someone else loved it that much! I also have no shame in giving negative reviews to hyped books. I've done it on more than one account haha! Awesome post, ladies!

    1. Oh yeah, good one! And haha, yeah I can understand that :) If one of my close friends recommends a book to me, I'll automatically add it cos I trust their opinion and they know me so well.
      Thanks Emily!

  2. Here's to us ladies! Part 20 and still going strong. You guys have been one of the highlights of blogging for me! Love you ladies!

    Uma------------I'm throwing stuff at you - OKAY! :) But it's okay, I still love you even though you don't love some of my favs. :)

    1. Woohoo! Love you two so much <33

      Haha, play nice children ;)

    2. Ha ha ha. We don't HAVE to play nice ALL the time. :)

  3. I have a couple authors that are auto-buys for me, but lately I've been trying to cut down on how much money I spend on books, so I'm trying to only buy books that I've read before and LOVED and need to own to read again someday!

    1. Good plan, Angela! I guess it does add up :(
      It's so awesome to buy books you've read before and loved, and then get to have your own copy!

  4. Part 20! Wow- you guys are doing great! Great questions this week too- I would agree these days book bloggers are probably my biggest source of new reads. And I do the same as Di- if I love a first book or a particular author the rest are probably auto- buys!

    It does feel weird sometimes when you don't like a book everyone else does, or maybe even worse, when you DO like a book no one else does lol- but unpopular opinions are fun to read so at least there's that!

    1. Eeeek I know ;) Thanks Greg!!

      It's definitely weird sometimes. But true, it's cool to see other people's perspectives and get challenged on your own :)

    2. Unpopular opinions ARE great to read. But when you're on the other side - loving something that most people disliked - it's a tough sell! :)

      Amy - remember we both read Firebolt and you hated it? I gave it 4 out of 5 stars! I guess there was just something in there that sparked for me and although it had massive problems I loved it and bought the rest of the series and I was just totally sucked in. Sometimes books really fit with a person and you can ignore the imperfections and I agree with you - it's cool to see other people's perspectives and get challenged on your own. :)

    3. Oh yes I remember Firebolt! Well, vaguely, haha ;)
      But yeah, it is amazing sometimes to see other people either pick up on things or not see them at all, while you're the opposite. Although, knowing us, it could just be one of our "never liking the same book" thing ;) The curse, hehe. But we broke it with Six of Crows, so you never know!

  5. - I add books to my TBR list based on recommendations from trusted book bloggers or the blurbs.
    - I buy books based on recommendations, blurbs, and the authors.
    - I'm comfortable writing an unpopular review (the opposite of the general reviews). I've actually done it a lot because i want my reviews to come pure from my honest thoughts.

    Another awesome discussion! Thank you for sharing. :)

    1. Thanks for sharing your responses, Geybie! And it's so awesome you feel comfortable writing negative reviews - I wish I was like that!

      Thanks Geybie, so glad you enjoyed it :)

  6. This is such a wonderful post!! For me, I think I mainly add books to my TBR after hearing someone I follow rave about them. :)

  7. What, already at the 20th edition of The Blof Squad? Way to go ladies!
    Ive gotten waaay more selective both about adding books to my TBR AND about buying books. I'm adding less to my TBR because I've come to the sad realization I'll never be able to read them all anyway, so I'm only adding those that really stand out to me as something I'd enjoy. (which let's face it, is still a lot of books) But as for buying, I've gotten SUPER strict with myself. Mostly because I don't have the room to put all of them, nor the time to read all of them, nor the money to spend on all of them. So only the top of the top gets bought (with the occasional splurge because I do get weak in the face of books sometimes...
    Unpopular opinions can be scary, but I'll still write those unpopular reviews if I have them. We're all entitled to our opinions and it's totally fine to disagree sometimes :)

    1. Eeeep it's scary! And thanks!
      That's a relay good idea. I doubt I'd be able to do that, lol ;)
      So true. I respect you for managing to do that! That requires a lot of self control!
      Absolutely :)