Calling All Cupids! BOOK LOVE – A Blog Hop

A recent email by a writer friend reminded me that, even though I read and enjoy many, many books, I don’t always show those books (and their authors) the attention they deserve. If I’ve enjoyed a book a lot, I might tell a friend or two. I might even review a book here on my blog. But I don’t review books in other key places – like on Amazon and Goodreads.

That’s too bad because positive reviews on social media, especially on Amazon, can influence other readers and book buyers. The number of reviews a book gets can directly impact the book’s ranking in search engine results, which in turn can influence sales.


Badge designed by Dana Carey

It’s a tough world out there for books and their authors. They need our support now more than ever. So this month, I thought I’d play Cupid for a while and spread some BOOK LOVE around by setting aside a few minutes to give more public support to some of the books I’ve enjoyed recently – and tagging some reader friends to do the same!

Do you want to play Cupid with me? Here’s how the hop works:

BOOK LOVE Blog Hop Instructions

1. Pick some books you love (any genre) that you think deserve more attention than they are getting. (As much as I love The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle does not need my help to sell more copies! I’ve tried to choose books I thought needed a little boost, or ones I love that no one else seems to have heard of.)

2. Post reviews for the books you chose on Amazon/social media. The reviews can be brief – even a short review on Amazon helps. Posting on Goodreads or Shelfari is great, too, or Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc. The more places you can publicly proclaim your love, the better!

3. If you want, you can also post the reviews on your own blog, or link your blog back to your reviews on social media.

4. Feel free to display the BOOK LOVE badge on your blog – and if you want, link it back to this post so your visitors know what it’s all about.

5. Tag some friends to do the same! Tag friends through their blogs, or on Facebook.

That’s it! If you don’t want to wait to be tagged, you can jump right in and start reviewing and tagging yourself.

Can I point out the adorable badge that Dana Carey designed for this? The heart-shaped glasses – I kind of want a pair for myself! Dana is a talented writer and illustrator who is Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI France, and also one of the co-leaders of Sub It Club.

And now for my reviews:

I reviewed four picture books that I’ve read recently and loved. When I looked these up on Amazon, none had more than 24 reviews, and one had only two! These books needed a little love, in my opinion.

Me First by Max Kornell. I reviewed this on my blog a few weeks ago, and simply pasted that review word-for-word on Amazon and Goodreads.

Puddle Pug by Kim Norman. A wonderful, lyrical book.

Saturday Is Dadurday by Robin Pulver. Such a sweet father-daughter story.

Clever Jack Takes the Cake by Candace Fleming. One of my all-time faves!

I am tagging some fellow Cupids to continue the hop:

Vivian Kirkfield

Cathy Ballou Mealey

Penny Parker Klostermann

Hannah Holt

Diane Tulloch

Tina M. Cho

Dana Carey

Take it away, ladies!

31 thoughts on “Calling All Cupids! BOOK LOVE – A Blog Hop

  1. Deb Dunn says:

    Reblogged this on Deb Dunn and Life's Lessons and commented:
    Authors need our help! This is a fantastic idea and I hope you will get online to support the ones you love. Thanks to Carrie Finison for this fabulous idea. Some day soon I hope I’ll have my books out there for you to review, too 😉

  2. Juliana Lee says:

    I’m in! Love this idea. I try to leave a quick review on goodreads when I read something I like. 3 stars or more. (I never leave a bad review. Someone else might love a book that I just didn’t connect with.)

  3. Autumn says:

    I absolutely love this idea, Carrie, esp giving overlooked books some love ~ there are so many wonderful books out there! I’m in the process of revamping my blog and *fingers crossed* hope to have it back up for February and will definitely link back to this and post some reviews. (though I may need some help with the whole: add the image thing, I’m still a newb)

    Anyway, great idea! Thanks for getting it rolling! 🙂

    PS: that bunny is crazy adorable! I love the heart glasses and heart shaped book. 😀

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  5. evelyneholingue says:

    This is a lovely idea and a great post to read on Valentine’s Day. Like you, I too often think of big names when it comes to children’s literature. However as a small author, I love it when a reader posts a review on one of my books. So bravo to your idea. And thanks to my friend Claire for suggesting your blog. You’ve got a new follower. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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