Let’s Talk Bookish: Book reviews

Hello and happy Friday! Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly discussion post created by Rukky @ Eternity Books and is hosted by Rukky and Dani @ A Literary Lion! This week’s topic is: What Do You Look For In A Review? suggested by Jane @ Blogger Books, but today I’m going to just go with the topic of book reviews in general.

H0w I write book reviews

When I write reviews, I talk about different aspects of the book like the plot, the characters and the writing. Sometimes I put all of my opinions of the book under one section labeled my thoughts. Other times, I divide the review into two sections: what I liked, and what I didn’t like. Most often, I write about my thoughts on the book under three different sections: plot, writing and characters.

I always start the review with the synopsis and cover of the book, and I always end the review with a conclusion that has a short summary of the review, my rating and to whom I’d recommend it to.

What Do I Look For In A Review?

I’ve read tons of reviews on tons of blogs and they are all different. There are so many different and unique ways of writing book reviews. Some reviews are shorter, some are longer. Some are structured in a list format, and some are paragraphs. I don’t have a specific type of review that I prefer to read, but I do like reviews that have headings or main points that are bolded, or bullet points. That’s because I tend to unintentionally skim through posts rather than reading them very closely.

Book reviews compared to other posts

One thing that I’ve noticed is that book reviews get less attention than other posts, like discussions or tags. Book reviews get less comments, less likes, and less views than blog tags or weekly memes, and I know that for me, it’s tempting to just not read book reviews. It’s harder to find common ground, since a review is most likely talking about one book, that you may or may not have read. On posts like book tags or top ten Tuesdays, there are more books, more points, and more topics discussed that more people could find interesting.

It’s really easy to scroll through the book reviews in your reader, and I am definitely guilty of that. I, however, want to make an effort to read and comment on more book reviews, and I encourage you all to do the same.

Should I even write book reviews? Is it worth it?

Well, we’ve seen so far that book reviews usually get less traffic, and they can be less interesting for readers. So why do we still write them? Book reviews usually take me more time to write than my other posts, so is it worth it to spend all that time on it? My answer is yes.

Of course, if you don’t want to write book reviews, don’t. If you do want to, do! Because whether or not it seems like it, we book bloggers can make an impact on books. If readers read lots of reviews about a book, they’re more likely to pick it up. That, in turn, is great for authors. So yes, book reviews are worth it, and if you want to write them, then, by all means, write!

Conclusion

Book reviews can be written in so many different ways that are all unique. Book reviews also are important to readers and to authors and can have a huge impact on the success of a book. So if you like reviewing books, review the books, because even if it might not seem like it, whenever you promote a book you’re supporting the author and helping readers find new books!

Do you enjoy writing book reviews? Do you also think that reviews are less popular posts than others like discussions or tags? Chat with me in the comments below!

21 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Book reviews

  1. I love how you structured this!! And yes, I 100% agree! Reviews are still important, even if…i’m guilty of scrolling past them 🙈 They defintiely take a lot more time, and a lot more energy, but at the same time, when I’m undecided about a book, a review is usually what helps me decide. Not only that, but salty and passionate reviews are the best to read 💕

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    1. Thanks!! I definitely scroll past way too many reviews, but they are really important!
      Reading a book review full of feelings and opinions (positive or negative haha) is definitely so much better!

      Also, sorry I took so long to respond! For some reason, WordPress marked your comment as spam.

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  2. WHAT AN AMAZING POST! I loved the various aspects you talked about! And I also usually structure my paragraphs into plot, characters etc! And reviews really are so unique and I have friends and each of their reviews looks super different, but everyone is great in their own way! And when you think of it, reviews really have such a big impact… I never read books after people rate them 2/5 stars or something… Ahhh that makes me feel super bad now….
    Happy reading!

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  3. I definitely see that book reviews are getting fewer views! However, I still really enjoy writing them and am trying to improve the way I write mine and find my voice. Even if not a single person read them, I feel that it really helps me read more critically. And if someone does read it, then it’ll help the book 🙂

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  4. I’ve also definitely noticed that reviews tend to get less attention than other posts. I’ve been trying to make an effort to find and comment on more book reviews this month and in the future because I feel like they’re such an important part of the bookish community. Almost every book blog does book reviews but they’re universally the least liked posts on the platform. It’s so sad.

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    1. It really is too bad. I’ve also been trying to read and comment on more book reviews, and I think that our individual efforts are really important!! Thanks for your comment Dani 🙂

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  5. It’s really too bad that book reviews get fewer views–but I also am so guilty of passing up reviews and preferring to read other posts! I still enjoy writing them though, especially for books I really love! (and… also books I really hate lmao rant reviews are the best)

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    1. I love writing reviews about books I love, because they’re so easy to write and often in my case get really really long. I’ve never actually written a rant review… but I also don’t remember ever really really hating a book AND finishing it. Usually if I really dislike a book I dnf it, and then I don’t review it. Rant reviews can be fun to read though 😂😂

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  6. Hey Aria! I totally agree, book reviews typically get less traffic unless your blog is centered around them. Normally when I write reviews, it’s just a spasm of words that flew out of my head just after I finished the book; it’s my very first thoughts, which I think are the most important. Other people’s book reviews are starting to become recommendations for books I’d likely had never found otherwise, so I try to read the ones on books that look intriguing. Thank you for writing this post, I think reviews are so important and more people need to read them! (Btw, I might have to steal this idea for a post 😉😆 I probably owe my followers this explanation as well) 💕💕

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    1. I definitely agree that your first thoughts on the book are the most important! Sometimes I’ll finish a book and immediately start writing the review. I’m so glad you liked reading this post, and I’d love to read you’re own on the same topic 🙂

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  7. This was a pretty great discussion you wrote, Aria!
    I agree with all your thoughts, especially that book reviews get less attention than others and that we can have impact on books. If I see more reviews of a book on many blogs, I am most likely going to try it out. Writing reviews is a great way to express your thoughts on the book and I think we all should continue writing reviews because, as you said, they can have a huge impact on its success.

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