So, I've sold a modest amount of books. Nothing to brag home about, mind you, but nothing to sneeze at either. But I've only received a handful of reviews. Which makes me wonder...
Does the "average" reader give reviews. If so, what compels them? Is it that the book is sooo good they want to tell the world, or is it because it's sooo bad they want to warn people away? I consider myself an avid reader. It's no secret, I read an average 2-3 books a week. It's an addiction, I know. But I have yet to give a formal review. And I can't tell you why. Maybe after I read it I'm on to something else...or maybe I'm just plain ole lazy and I don't feel like it.
Yet, as a writer you'll always get the occasional post or personal message from a reader telling you how much they enjoyed your book and you want to scream, "Go tell it on the mountain! Write a review!" But instead you thank them kindly and press your lips together trying to prevent the crass words from spilling from your lips. I mean, after all we don't carry around a sign that reads, "Will write for reviews."
But you'll get conflicting opinions from writers about reviews. You'll hear some say, "...you shouldn't pay attention to them, they don't validate you...you can't please everyone so don't put too much stock in them." Things we say to ourselves as a protective mechanism from getting our feelings hurt when someone tells us that our book ~sucks.~ Yet we seem to scream from the rooftops when we get a glowing review. So in a small way, it does matter.
I know I'm rambling, just thinking out loud. I said all of that to ask this one question: What makes you want to review a book that you've read?