"I don't have like, this secret vendetta against them or anything. Like, I don't dislike them because I'm jealous (okay, I am a little). But mostly I just find they're not very helpful to me. I get that it's more publicity for the books, etc. but when they're just presented in a list, like most book hauls are, that's not very useful information, especially if I've never heard of that book before. Why should I care that you received X for review? WHAT THE HECK IS IT? When bloggers don't discuss the books they've received/bought, that means I have to go to Goodreads and manually search for every book to read the synopsis. And ain't nobody got time for that."- nikki [the paper sea]Book hauls, for me personally; are chances for me to stare with envy at people's book photography skills. To be very honest, depending on what blog I am on [if the blogger in question has the same taste in books as me or not], I only look at book hauls for the photography. I don't really register what books they actually got unless they look interesting and the little bit they say about them sounds intriguing. As Nikki said, if there is only a sole list of books a blogger has received: I will probably not want to read the post.
But honestly, if a blogger has a book that you have been dying to read for months it is normal to want their book. If you don't feel at all jealous of a blogger who owns a book that you have been dying to read what is wrong with you. Are you human? Do you have a heart? Or are you the Tin man before Dorothy found you one? You just have to make sure you don't go too over board with your emotions.
"I love book hauls because I'm shamelessly obsessed with staring at pretty books + I often discover new books that I hadn't heard of. Also I love to see when people have acquired some of my favourites! :)" - ruby [feed me books now]One thing Skylar said about bonding over books bought/received struck me. Because I've never really thought about that before but it is true. A great opportunity when displaying books is the chance that someone reads your blog who has desperately loved a book you have, and you make friends through that. Take me for example - I see a book by Markus Zusak [The Book Thief], Ruta Sepetys [Between Shades of Gray & Out of the Easy], Erin Morgenstern [The Night Circus], Leigh Bardugo [Shadow and Bone], Jandy Nelson [The Sky is Everywhere], any book by Rainbow Rowell [e.g Landline / Fangirl] or Laini Taylor [Daughter of Smoke and Bone] -the list is actually endless- in someone's book haul post and I go on a rampage. Which I'm pretty sure some of you have had experience of..*hands out aloe vera for bruises and sunglasses to keep the caps lock burn away*.
[life of a random]"
"Hmmm... I like book hauls because they can spotlight books and bring to your attention books that are perfect for you. I also like them when gorgeous photos of the books are included (there's someone who takes SUCH nice book photos but I can't remember who it is *scratches brain* Nope, I really can't. *wink*" - rachel [booktastic reviews]
WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ON BOOK HAULS? DO YOU AGREE OR DISAGREE WITH ME?