Weekly Geeks 2009.12: Book Review Link Exchange

by Kim on March 28, 2009 · 24 comments

wg-relaxing-url5This 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:

  • 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!

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Nymeth March 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I guess we’re all secretly afraid of the same thing. We have these two in common: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Time Traveler’s Wife.

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Gavin March 28, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Kim – I’ve linked your review of Dangerous Laughter to mine. Mine’s here:
http://page247.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/dangerous-laughter-thirteen-stories-by-steven-millhauser/

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Gavin March 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

Thanks for the link.

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Kerrie March 28, 2009 at 4:22 pm

We don’t seem to share much in common Kim, but if you ever read any crime fiction, or Agath Christie in particular, think of me. Thanks for the links to the other customised searches. I have created a crime fiction one, inspired by Firefly’s post about the one she created

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julia March 28, 2009 at 4:40 pm

Your review archive is very easy to navigate. Guess that’s why you got the big pink bow…!

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Sandra March 29, 2009 at 12:50 am

I left a link to my review of The Gravedigger’s Daughter on your review. I enjoyed reading your review. I’ve also read Saturday, my favourite McEwan, but I didn’t review it. I do have a copy of Ella Minnow Pea that I must read now. Your list of reviews was easy to navigate, thank you.

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Jackie (Farm Lane Books) March 29, 2009 at 3:48 am

Thank you for the links to the search engines – I hadn’t come across them before.

We don’t have many books in common, but I’ve added a comment to your Kavalier and Clay review.

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Debi March 29, 2009 at 5:56 am

Thanks for all the links. Sheesh…I wish I’d known about those sooner. :)

I love the set-up of your archives!

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Fyrefly March 29, 2009 at 11:43 am

Thanks for plugging the search engine; much appreciated!

We don’t share a lot of books other than Fables… well, we do share a lot of books, but they’re books I read before I started reviewing on my blog, so the link exchange is not so useful. :)

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Rebecca Reid March 30, 2009 at 11:45 am

Kim, I’m deferring to Fyrefly’s blog and I won’t be updating my google custom search. I just do not have time! It’s essentially the same thing (google custom search) and Fyrefly’s is already much more comprehensive!

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Dreamybee March 31, 2009 at 3:57 pm

I didn’t see anything in common except for Gods Behaving Badly, which I still have to review, but I loved it too. Thanks for the links listed above!

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Nicole April 1, 2009 at 8:56 pm

You have reviewed some great books. A lot of them I haven’t gotten around to yet. Maybe soon we”l have some reviews in common.

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Jeanne April 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

Thanks for saying to be assertive. I really wasn’t sure if it was polite to leave an unsolicited link in someone else’s comment thread.

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Marg April 3, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Hi Kim, I’ve linked to the following review:

Twilight (http://readingadventures.blogspot.com/2006/07/twilight-by-stephenie-meyer.html).

We do have a couple of other reviews in common but we have already linked to them.

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Kim March 28, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Thanks Nymeth, I linked to both of your reviews now. I sobbed through the last 40 pages of The Time Traveler’s Wife too… such a great book!

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:01 am

That’s great Kerrie! Make sure you post the link to the search somewhere for other people to find it :)

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:02 am

Ha ha, yes, must be :) Thank you again for the award — I put it up on my awards page.

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:04 am

I still have mixed feelings about Saturday. I’m glad it read it, but I just felt like it got bogged down sometimes. Anyway, thanks for the link, I just put it up.

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thanks Jackie!

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:07 am

I did this post partly for myself, actually, since I always forget about the search engines and wanted to put them all in one place for myself. Glad it is helpful!

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Kim March 29, 2009 at 9:25 pm

No problem, happy to point it out since it’s such a great resource.

I’ll keep looking for books we review in common, I’m sure something will happen soon :)

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Kim March 30, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Thanks Rebecca, I’ll put a note next to the link so people know that. They’re both pretty cool, something I wish I’d thought of!

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Kim April 3, 2009 at 3:08 pm

I think there’s a debate about unsolicited links. Personally, I think it’s sort of rude to just say, “Hey, great blog! Here’s mine!” and leave a link. But if you have something to contribute — a post on a related topic, a review of the same book, or a post you think the blogger might be interested in, I think it’s awesome to be assertive and leave your link. I don’t always do this because I’m shy, but I want to start doing it more. I think leaving useful comments is going to be an upcoming BIP topic, so stay tuned :)

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Kim April 4, 2009 at 3:37 pm

Thanks Marg! I just read your review, and I’m glad you liked the book more than I did :)

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