When I took my blogging hiatus, book reviews were one of the main reasons why. I felt under an enormous pressure to get them written, and I also started falling into a repetitive structure of writing them, and this was getting me down because the reviews weren’t turning out how I wanted them to; I wanted them to be different and varied between the books, not monotonous so people were reading my reviews and they could be interchangeable with each book.
Pretty much all of the book bloggers that I follow write book reviews, and if you are one, then feel free to tell me: how do you decide which book to review? Do you review every book, even the middling ones that you have nothing really in depth to say about it? What’s your process of reviewing?
I like bullet points; like, writing them down in a journal/at the top of my screen as I type. I also just write whatever comes into my head. I sometimes do the “two stars and a wish” thing we were taught at at school – aka, write two good things and one thing to be improved on (or in bookish talk, something you didn’t like/wanted to change). The latter one is probably how many of my new “mini reviews” are going to take shape.
Should book reviews be long? Short? Contain analogies? Compare the book you’re reviewing to another? Should you write a plot synopsis or not?
One thing I have noticed, in watching a lot more book review videos, is that most video book bloggers (“booktubers”) don’t really film book reviews. (Thankfully my favourite booktuber does so I’m good!) Does this mean book reviews are better on a blog/print format?
Let me know your thoughts on writing book reviews (and filming book reviews if that’s your thing too!), and your own process if you write them, or if you don’t write them and yet have a book blog, why not?