What Do You Look For in a Book Review?

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Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly series created by Rukky at Eternity Books and hosted by Aria at Book Nook BitsThe full list of September topics can be found here.

This week’s topic is Choose Your Own Adventure, so I’m throwing it back to a topic from June 2020 before I participated in this tag: What Do You Look For in a Book Review?

What do you look for in a book review?

When I read a book review it’s because I want to know if the reader liked the book, or not, and why. At a bare minimum this is what I hope a book review will reveal.

While I personally like to include a synopsis of the book in my posts, I don’t expect others to do the same. I would hope that if there were any significant trigger warnings in the book that the reviewer will mention them or at least give the reader a heads up that uncomfortable topics may come up.

I don’t place too much value on star ratings anymore, but if a reviewer does include a star rating I would hope they would also offer an explanation, such as if three stars are good or bad in their opinion – Got to love the big three-star debate!

Do you prefer short or long reviews? Humorous or serious?

I prefer shorter reviews that are straightforward. They don’t have to read like an academic paper but unless I know you in real life, using inside jokes or any humor might overshadow the review as a whole.

I think a good review can be under 500 words. If I see a review longer than that I will probably not read the whole thing. With that being said, if I follow your blog or social media, it’s because I do want to read your reviews even if they are long 🙂

Do you like writing them?

I enjoy writing book reviews! I feel like I approach each one differently because each book is so different. Some have beautiful prose and I feel obligated to include passages from the book in my review; others may be part of an ongoing series I don’t want to spoil and require less specific examples of things I liked and didn’t like. Each book is different so I don’t think there is one way to write a review.

What types of book reviews do you like? Tell me in the comments!

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