This week’s Weekly Geek challenge is a revival of one of my favorite previous activities, the book review link exchange. I’m excited because doing the link exchange was, I think, when I first found Weekly Geeks. Basically, the challenge to let your readers know that you have a link exchange policy, show them your archives, then find some reviews that you can use.
I’ve been pretty negligent about this lately, so I’m glad we’ve got the project this week to get back on track. My goal for the week is to work on new links to all of the books I’ve read and reviewed in 2009 and include a sentence about the link exchange policy at the bottom of my reviews. Here are a few of the resources I plan to use in trying to find reviews:
- Book Blogs Search Engine by Fyrefly at Fyrefly’s Book Blog: This is a nice Google-powered search engine that has a lot of book bloggers. Fyrefly also asked that you send her URLs of book blogs that aren’t included. Make sure that your’s is there!
- Beta Book Blogs Search by Rebecca at Rebecca Reads: This is another search engine created by a favorite book blogger. When she first posted about it, Rebecca aske for some help, so check out her post for more information. EDITED TO ADD: Rebecca doesn’t plan to update this search engine anymore and has deferred to Fyrefly’s. You can still access it at the link, but it won’t be as current.
- Saturday Review of Books hosted by Sherry at the Semicolon Blog: Every Saturday there is a post where people can include their book reviews from the week. If you check the Saturday Reviews page, you can also look through a ton of past reviews by title. Although not quite as easy as a search engine, this would be a great way to find more blogger reviews.
I hope that these resources will be helpful for other people too! Also, I’d like to reiterate something that Nymeth said in her post on this topic: don’t be afraid to leave links for people. I’m always nervous about this because I feel like I’ll look pushy, but I know that I’m always happy to add links to reviews if I somehow missed them. Be assertive about your blog and reviews and you’ll get yourself out there!
Finally, here is the link to an archive of all the books I’ve reviewed. They are arranged, generally, by genre and the alphabetically by title. I think they are pretty self-explanatory, but if you have suggestions about how to improve my archives, please let me know!