Good morning friends.
I have been an avid reader my entire life. I consume books and become fully vested in them. But I have never written a review for any book. I have recommended books to friends and verbally told people about books, but until I became a writer it never occurred to me to review anything. My thoughts were always, who wants my opinion? Why is my opinion any more valid than anyone else's? People should just read the book and decide for themselves. But now I understand the other side of this.
Other readers like to see what other people thought. They see it as a recommendation or a warning (depending on how the review falls). But also authors love to read reviews of their work (I am excluding myself from this. I want my book to have reviews, but it makes me too nervous to read them).
So next time you read a book consider dropping a review, a lot of people would thank you for it.