The book blogging community is a huge one. It makes sense because the world of books is huge as well. Each book blog out there is unique (to a certain extent) because the blog generally reflects the reading choices of the blogger.
Sometimes this means a blog will focus on a very specific type of book (Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Non-Fiction, etc). Other times maybe a blog will instead focus on an age range of books rather than genres (Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, etc). Of course there are the book blogs that are just an eclectic mix of any and everything a blogger reads. All of those are great choices. There are no rules for book blogging so you do what works best for you.
Since there are so many different types of book blogs out there, it would be almost impossible to find another book blog that 100% reflects what you read or your interests.
So…how do you decide on what blogs to read?
Do you follow blogs who are your “twin” and read ~90% the same books? This isn’t a bad idea. You feel the same way about a lot of books so when you read about a new-to-you book on the blog, chances are you’ll enjoy it. The only problem is you might be limiting yourself from other books out there.
Do you follow blogs who mostly read the same types of books? This is way I typically decide on following a blog. 50-75% of the books reviewed/talked about are books I’ve read or I want to read. That allows me to connect to the blog/blogger and yet still expose me to new and different books.
Do you follow blogs that don’t read the same types of books as you? I really struggle with this one. I’ve met some really great book bloggers out there but our reading doesn’t overlap. They will leave really great comments so when I hop over to their blog to do the same thing, I struggle with it. I can’t find books I’ve read or have even heard of. They might read really great books but I don’t read XYZ and may have no interest in doing so.
How about you? How similar does a book blog need to be to you for you to follow it? Do you follow a mix of book blogs? Do you have other criteria for following a blog?