One of the many beauties of the book blogging community, is the wonderful diversity of the individuals who make up this body. I’m not solely referring to the ethnic and cultural backgrounds of reviewers, but rather, their unique poise and writing style. Of course, it’s always intriguing to observe how certain reviewers assess the accuracy of an author’s use of representation, but it’s even more profound to view the distinctness of each and every reviewer. What I personally consider to be the most evident difference between book reviewers, is the style in which they compose reviews. The length, manner, and elements discussed are wholly up to the writer, and it’s lovely witnessing how reviews for a single book can vary so immensely. As a blogger, my writing style has evolved over the years, and will likely continue to do so indefinitely. Nonetheless, I thought it might be helpful for me to share my personal review writing process.
What Books Do I Review And When?
Writing reviews is a very particular and private process for an individual; or, at least it is in my case. I strive to review every book I read, and am proud to say that I am typically successful with achieving this goal. The only factors that could cripple my compulsion to write a lengthy review, would be if I did not finish a book, or if I put off writing the review for so long that I’ve forgotten a great deal about the story. In my head, this feel quite fair, because I don’t think it would be too appropriate for me to bestow a rating on a novel if I’m not wholly familiar with all its aspects. As for when I write reviews … in a perfect universe, I would write a review the moment after I finished reading a book. Unfortunately, this is not a perfect world and I am by no means, a perfect reviewer. Despite how I’ve fallen into better reviewing habits lately, I often wait a week or two before I jot down my thoughts in a
mostly coherent manner. Because I don’t set a specific time to write reviews, I will usually draft out a short paragraph with a vague summary of my thoughts of the book and post it to Goodreads.
How Do I Organize My Reviews?
Although the length of my reviews always vary, I often write reviews that are between three-five paragraphs, and will include an introduction and conclusion paragraph – the Verdict – that summarizes my overall take on the book, and whether or not I would recommend it. No two reviews are the same, but the most recurring elements I bring up in my reviews are the characters, themes, and world building. A part of my reviews that is a bit unorthodox, is how I don’t summarize the plot. I include the novel’s synopsis from Goodreads, but aside from that, I don’t spend much time repeating the information about what the story is about. Instead, I choose to single out the elements that I believe are worth mentioning. By adopting this method, I can easily inform readers about how I felt about the book without spoiling any significant plot points. If I do choose to discuss the events of the story, I will do so in a vague manner. In my introduction and conclusion paragraphs I tend to mostly explain how I personally connected to the story and related to the characters. This is done in a subjective manner, whereas the body paragraphs are usually written from an objective perspective.
Other Styles Of Writing Reviews
I have tried so many different styles for writing reviews, that it’s honestly comedic. If you’re short on inspiration or still trying to figure out what your niche is, perhaps you’ll like one of these styles!
- What You Liked/Disliked
- Separate your review into two sections, and list all the elements and facts about the story that you loved and didn’t love into the appropriate categories.
- Bullet Point Reviews
- Short on time? No need to break a sweat! Bullet point reviews are a fast, effective way to show readers how you felt about a book without having to dive into wordy descriptions. Keep it short and sweet, and be sure to include what you believe are the most important story elements.
- Personal connections to the story can also be shown here! Don’t feel restricted by the bullet points to only include technical aspects!
- Separate by Story Elements
- You can divide your review into paragraphs that each show your opinion about certain aspects of the story.
- i.e. Characters, Plot, Writing, World Building, etc.
- Mini Reviews
- If you can’t seem to elaborate your thoughts about a story, consider doing a mini review – typically one-two paragraphs.
- You can compile these into a Mini Review segment, and list reviews for several novels at once.
- Including Images, Quotes, & GIFs
- A photograph, a few quotes, or a couple GIFs is a lovely way to spice up your review. They can add a pop of excitement or intrigue to your review, and are quite fun to include!
Thanks for reading, dolls! What is your review writing process like? What factors do you look at when you write reviews? Are there any styles of review writing you want to try? Let me know in the comments!Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads | Bloglovin