SocialBookshelves.com was founded in April 2013 and officially launched on May 1st of the same year as a book blog with a difference – each review is constrained by the number of pages contained in the book. Still not clear? If the book I’m reviewing contains 182 pages, my review will consist of 182 words.
Why? Good question. I wanted to deliberately limit myself so that I didn’t spend all of my time writing reviews – I’m a writer myself, and so time is at a premium. What with my various projects, I simply don’t have time to write a 500 word review every other day.
There’s also the fact that too many book reviews are long-winded and unnecessarily detailed, particularly in the age of social media. I wanted to make sure that each review was short and sweet, but that I’d go in to more detail for longer works if required. I also like a challenge, and limiting each post in this way seemed as good a challenge as any other.
In the years since, SocialBookshelves.com has gone from strength to strength. I’ve reviewed over 1,000 books, interviewed dozens of authors, and ranked 5th in Vuelio’s list of the top ten UK literature blogs and 37th in Feedspot’s list of the 100 top book blogs on the planet.
My name’s Dane Cobain, and I’m the guy behind SocialBookshelves.com. If you want to find out more about me, you can out my personal website, ‘like’ my page on Facebook, follow me on Twitter or subscribe to my channel on YouTube. Thanks for visiting SocialBookshelves.com!