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!
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!