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Hello fellow bloggers! I welcome you back to another Blogger to Blogger post!
Today, I wanted to talk about Reading & Writing Reviews. There are many aspects that I want to tackle, so I will be breaking them up. Sound good? Okay.
Why do you read them?
Beside the obvious.
This can be answered, for me, in two segments. One, if there is a book that I have been WANTING to read or a book that I have read and want to see someone’s thoughts on.
Now, I know people always talk about and claim not to read a review BEFORE reading the book, but if that were the case, and no one read reviews before publication, what is the point of advanced copies?? Yes, there is hype and just the overall promotion of the book to get people excited. But I am pretty confident that reviews are read. Granted, there are those that don’t care for reviews at all, to each his own, but this is more for those that DO.
I am always excited to see what people thought on a book that I either a) loved or b) didn’t. This community has an array of people with different tastes and opinions, and it’s fun to see how we all interpret a situation differently. I do tend to read those reviews more over anything else.
Another aspect – is reading a review of a book you have no interest in. I don’t do this, ever, and I run into this situation a lot when I try the whole commenting back business. If I have no desire to read the book or don’t read that genre, I will not read the review. It’s really, that simple.
Is there such a thing as TOO LONG?
When I first started blogging, I thought there were certain things that I HAD TO discuss or have. A summary, the plot, writing, characters, romance etc. And I would touch on every aspect, going into so much detail and breaking everything down. My reviews were long. I started to notice that I HATED proof reading because I was thinking, “Geez woman, shut up and get to the point!” I slowly starting cutting back on details, and didn’t go into as much in-depth discussion about a character and/or the romance.
Now? My reviews sit anywhere between 300-500 words which is PERFECT for me. Are there things I leave out? Oh, I’m sure. But I am pretty TO THE POINT in life, so why not blogging?
As for reading those long reviews – I am tl;dr person (too long didn’t read). This doesn’t mean that I will SKIP long reviews, I just tend to skim more often than not. I do think there is such a thing as TOO MUCH detail and TOO LONG. But, that’s me.
(Yes, the irony of that statement is not lost one me)
Is there such a thing as TOO MANY?
I’ve seen several different opinions on this floating around, and wanted to discuss it and ask you directly.
I don’t think there is one singular thing that is RIGHT or makes up a GOOD blog. But I do think it’s important to mix things up a little bit. It’s the same thing I said about Meme’s. If that is all you post, then.. things can get kind of boring. Having too many reviews is kind of the same thing. BUT AGAIN, that’s just my opinion.
So yes, I do think there is such a thing as TOO MANY (for an allotted time frame).
Changing things up
I tend to format ALL of my reviews the same. Kind of an intro, talk about whatever here, then characters, plot and so on. Here is where things get funny. I don’t like change – but I get an urge to change things up a bit often. It’s like a mini war going on inside DO or DON’T? DO.. NO DON’T.
But you know what? Change is good. And when there are times when there are ONLY a few things I want to talk about, ya know?
When do you write them?
My memory is pretty scary, so I can read 5-6 books in a row and still be able to write-up a review a week later. I don’t have to get up and write it right away. I use to – but now with working and all that I just can’t. (I also finish books after midnight and LIKE HELL am I getting out of bed to write a review). So for me, I write all my reviews for the week on Sunday. One day, that’s it. I go back and re-read it before it goes live, to touch things up or remove them though.
- How do you write your reviews?
- When and/or why do you read reviews?
- Are your reviews short or long?
- Do you feel like there is such a thing as TOO MANY reviews in a certain time period?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.