At this evenings chat, hosted by Jessica from The Bluestocking Society, we concentrated on discussing all the various aspects of reviewing books on our blogs. Here are a few things that were brought up:
What do you think should be included in a review?
- the book cover
- a synopsis (most people use Goodreads, some write their own, most find it hard though, some read the synopsis, some skip it)
- your rating
- links to author’s page and/or twitter, other reviews, where you can buy the book, Goodreads
- if you liked it or not!
- book info
What should NOT be included?
- SPOILERS! (we discussed spoilers at length. Be sure to have a disclaimer if there are spoilers!)
- don’t tell us the ending, or if there’s a cliff hanger, or twists
- don’t link to illegal downloads
- don’t compare to other books, it might be an accidental spoiler!
- A couple of sites were you can talk about a book and not worry about spoilers: The Socratic Salon and The Book Spoiler
What do you like to see in a review:
- if it’s a series and what number is it
- gifs are fun sometimes, used sparingly
- quotes, sometimes. Many people find quotes a fun thing to include.
How do you get your reviews to be unique?
- change up the format
- include the first line
- thoughts on the first line or cover
- why did you decide to read this book?
- quotes and gifs
- be snarky
- interview the characters
- make lists
- create a discussion
- use bullet points
What other content do you like to see in book blogger blogs besides book reviews?
- personal posts
- recipes and food articles
- posts on crafting
- movie and/or TV reviews
- Top Tens
- The Sunday Salon
- lists and features
Some fun links to check out:
How to Write More Creative Book Reviews
A Treasure Trove of Blogging Ideas
Five Ways to Make Your Review Stand Out
Writing Negative Reviews
Brainstorming for Post Ideas
Blog Post Bingo