I have found that writing reviews on GR, even if no one else takes notice, has helped me immensely to appreciate what I have been reading. When I try to figure out what to say about a book and to describe it to others, I feel that my understanding of the work deepens and I enjoy it even more.
Not that I have had a lack of things to read, but browsing the reviews of others I have discovered one or two books of which I haven’t even been aware before. Especially in this our most favourite year, it has replaced my regular visits to book-stores, just for the purpose of browsing the shelves. And if it all should lead one or two people to discover my own bibliography, so much the better.