1. It makes me read books more slowly and more carefully, and I think harder about analyzing the quality of what I read.
2. My reviews are a kind of reading diary, which helps me better to remember what I haveread. I often forget, within weeks of having read it, the content of of even a book I ejoyed. I wish I had started reviewing many years earler!
3.I enjoy the challenge of reviewing a book without giving away too much of the plot. I am afraid I do not always meet that challenge, but in that case I post a note at the beginning that some readers may find I have given away too much.
4. I am happy when someone posts a positive comment and the correspondence to which it occasionally gives rise. I even prefer a negattive comment to a mere "not helpful" tick, which always makes me wonder why I have received it.
5. I have to admit that I am interested in my Amazon ranking, though I have no idea of the arcane method by which the ranking is calculated. However, that does not stop me from writing reviews of books which I can imagine nobody would read and which therefore are not likely to receieve either a "helpful" or a "not helpful" tick.
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